Oxford University's Social Enterprise Awards
Receive funding and support to develop your own social enterprise, or join an existing team!
Applications will be reopening shortly - register your interest!
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What are the awards?
The Social Enterprise Awards help Oxford staff and students to take action and make the world a better place. Since 2013, 37 different ventures have been supported, from a community cafe to a soap recycling enterprise. Some of our most recent award winners include Language Amigo, The Coffee Run, and Write on Point.
How can I get involved?
There are two different ways you can get involved in the awards:
1) Apply with your own idea - this could be a vague plan or a tried and tested model. See below for further information.
2) Join a team and work on a brief together - we work with the local community to identify opportunities for social enterprise, which can then be driven forward by small groups of dedicated students. Find out more information here.
What kind of support is available through the award?
  • Financial support: There are two options here, first is a Try It Award (of up to £500), designed to enable students to investigate and develop a social venture idea e.g by running a pilot programme or undertaking some market research. Alternatively, if a project is shown to be demonstrably viable, it may receive a Do It Award (up to £5000), which aims to provide a cash injection and allow the service or product to be developed and become fully sustainable.
  • Access to resources at Oxford Hub: including one-to-one check ins with staff, introductions to our network, free publicity and free room hire at our home on Turl Street.
  • And finally the opportunity to join a community of ambitious individuals tackling social and environmental issues in Oxford, whether through social enterprise, placements, or volunteering. Find us at speaker panels, socials, fundraisers and more - stay up to date with our latest events by liking us on Facebook.
In order to apply to the programme, you need to be able to commit to the following timeline:
  • Submitting your online application, which will then be reviewed by a panel of judges including Oxford Hub and Oxford University staff, as well as innovators in the social enterprise sector.
  • Attending an induction session at Oxford Hub. This will provide an overview of available support as well as an opportunity to meet other Oxford-based entrepreneurs.
  • After this, catching up with Oxford Hub staff through regular check ins to report on progress and troubleshoot challenges. Additionally, award winners are expected to give back and help raise the profile of social entrepreneurship at Oxford University. This could involve sharing your experiences of social enterprise at one of our events, writing for our blog, or working in another way of your choosing.
You can find out more information about the Social Enterprise Awards Scheme by reading our FAQs tab.
Submit your application
Applications for the Social Enterprise Awards will be reopening shortly - in the meantime please email rachel.marshall@oxfordhub.org to register your interest and you will then receive an email alert once applications are live.
To apply, please download a copy of the form and email your completed version to Rachel at rachel.marshall@oxfordhub.org. We are happy to meet prospective applicants in advance to discuss the opportunity, or answer any questions you may have by email.
To participate, you must currently be a student (of any discipline, undergraduate or postgraduate) or staff member at Oxford University. We are an inclusive organisation and can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, interviews, training sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the individuals we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch at rachel.marshall@oxfordhub.org.
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