Social Enterprise Support Programme
Receive funding and support to start your own social enterprise in Oxford.
Applications for Michaelmas term close 19th November
16-17 Turl Street
Do you have an idea to help tackle a social or environmental issue?
Oxford Hub's Social Enterprise Support Programme is designed to help students and university staff to develop a vague idea for a project, or launch a fully fledged social enterprise. The programme consists of support and guidance combined with financial grants to help test your ideas and grow your ventures.
Since the social enterprise support programme began in 2013, 34 students have been financially supported to establish a range of ventures, 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.
Social Enterprise Awards
Two different types of financial awards are available through the programme:
  • Try It Awards of up to £500 are designed for small scale projects and enable social entrepreneurs to investigate or develop a social venture idea e.g run a pilot programme or undertake some market research.
  • Do It Awards of up to £5000 are designed to provide a cash injection for demonstrably viable projects, allowing them to develop their service or product and become fully sustainable.
What support does Oxford Hub offer as part of the scheme?
Aside from financial support, Oxford Hub can offer:
  • One-to-one support: for example through trouble shooting sessions and the provision of feedback.
  • Local expertise: including introductions to other people/networks in the city.
  • Access to resources: such as free publicity and free room hire in our home on Turl Street.
  • And finally the opportunity to join a community of ambitious and like-minded individuals having a positive impact across Oxford.
Timeline
The next opportunity to receive a Social Enterprise Award from Oxford Hub will be during the latter part of Michaelmas term 2017. In order to participate in the programme, you need to be able to commit to the following timeline:
  • Submitting your online application by 19th November (7th week).
  • If invited, presenting your idea to a panel of judges including Oxford Hub and Oxford University staff, as well as innovators in the social enterprise sector. This will also take place in 7th week, date TBC. We will be in touch with 30 minute slot options so that you can choose a convenient time.
  • Attending an induction session at Oxford Hub. This will take place jointly with all award winners during 8th week (date TBC), and will provide an overview of available support as well as an opportunity to meet other Oxford-based entrepreneurs.
  • Catching up with Oxford Hub staff through termly check ins to report on progress and troubleshoot challenges throughout the remainder of the academic year.
  • Being an ambassador for Oxford Hub throughout the year of receiving the award. In practice, this may involve sharing your experiences of social enterprise at one of our events, writing for our blog, or working in another way of your choosing to help raise the profile of social entrepreneurship at Oxford University.
You can find out more information about the Social Enterprise Support Programme by reading our FAQs tab.
Get involved
Applications for the social enterprise support programme will reopen during Michaelmas term 2017. If you are interested in applying or would like some one-to-one guidance on all things social enterprise, please get in touch with Rachel at rachel.marshall@oxfordhub.org.
Eligibility
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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