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Invest in a spinout

Oxford University Innovation is responsible for managing the formation of new spinout companies from the University of Oxford with the academic founders, on behalf of the University of Oxford. Oxford University manages the Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund, the Oxford Invention Fund and the Oxford Angels Network. These are the sources of funding which can go into the first round investments.

Oxford University Innovation is always interested in engaging with any individuals or organisation interested in investing in early stage technology startups. As a matter of principle, we believe it is very important that all investors have the same opportunities to invest, and that investments are made by willing and appropriate investors into companies wishing to engage with those investors.

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Investigate opportunities to invest, and Oxford University spinout companies.

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Oxford University Innovation, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 280830

Mr Andrea Alunni, Tel: +44 (0)1865 280843
Seed Investment Manager

Oxford spinout equity management

Oxford Spinout Equity Management (OSEM) manages the University’s shareholdings in its spinout companies and seeks ways of maximising the value of its equity stakes.

OSEM has three main roles:

  • Strategic: Identifying opportunities to optimise the return on the University’s investment and providing professional assistance to companies as they develop.
  • Tactical: Supporting companies by dealing with immediate or short-term issues, such as funding or access to other support networks.
  • Procedural: Dealing with documentation relating to consents, fundraising and exits.

In fulfilling these roles, OSEM calls on its own team’s expertise, its extensive networks of contacts in the financial, commercial and scientific worlds, and its own investment fund which it manages on behalf of the University of Oxford.

If you would like to learn more about any of the companies in the current portfolio please get in touch using the below contact details.

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Oxford Spinout Equity Management

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OSEM – Contact Us, Tel: +44 (0)1865 784206

The Startup Incubator

The Startup Incubator supports nascent software ventures from the University’s ecosystem in the development of products or services and assists them to trade.

The Startup Incubator has been supporting such ventures since late 2010 and launched an on-site incubation facility at Summertown, Oxford in mid 2011. It offers a wide spectrum of support services including commercial mentoring, Intellectual Property advice, assistance in identifying potential customers, enquiry handling and advice on formation of a limited company. Ventures are also provided with 24/7 access to a joint development space, and shared IT facilities. As each venture matures it may reach the stage where it requires external investment and the Startup Incubator will support them in this too.

The ventures in the Startup Incubator are at various stages of development. While they all share software as a theme, their application fields vary from energy usage analysis through text analytics to social media networks and data analysis.

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Visit the Startup Incubator website.

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Roy Azoulay, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 280969

Oxford Sciences Innovation

Oxford Sciences Innovation is a £320m fund formed in 2015 to invest in spin-outs from the University of Oxford (Mathematical, Physical & Life Science Division & Medical Sciences Division), Harwell & Culham laboratories. It invests in new and existing spin-out companies, working inclusively with other investors.

Investors : Invesco, IP Group, Lansdowne Partners, Oxford University Endowment Fund, the Wellcome Trust, Woodford Investment Management, Google Ventures and Sir Charles Dunstone.

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Visit Oxford Sciences Innovation website.

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Oxford Sciences Innovation

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