Social Enterprise Challenges
Join a team, get skilled up, and work on an innovative project to support a local social enterprise!
Challenges running May - June 2019
Express your interest before 1st May!
Oxford Hub is delighted to work with the University of Oxford's Research Services to offer Oxford University students the Social Enterprise Challenges.
What does 'Social Enterprise' mean?
Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change. They also tend to be socially minded in the way they operate, for example employing a diverse workforce or sourcing sustainable materials.
You've probably come across social enterprises even if you haven't realised it. Examples from Oxford are George Street's Crisis Cafe and the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op.
How do the Social Enterprise Challenges work?
Step 1) We talk to local entrepreneurs and organisations who are trying to create a social impact whilst generating their own income. Together we identify where they could use extra capacity and insight, and we come up with a project brief for a team of students.
Step 2) We recruit small teams of students with the energy and skills to drive each of these projects forward. Oxford Hub provides training to introduce teams to how 'social enterprises' work and help them excel in their projects.
N.B. If you have a social enterprise idea of your own, we can also support you - find out more about our Social Enterprise Awards here.
Timeline for the Challenges
  • All teams will meet for an induction at Oxford Hub at the beginning of May where they will be given further details about their project and training on how to launch their social enterprise initiative.
  • Teams will then participate in training sessions and check ins at Oxford Hub, alongside receiving support from their community partner, so that they can take the project forward. They will have a small budget to test ideas and pilot activities. You can expect to spend 3-4 hours volunteering each week. Take a look at the programme schedule in full here.
  • After 6 weeks, teams will come back together at Oxford Hub and showcase what they have achieved and learned.
How do I get involved?
Apply using this short form. We'll be accepting applications on a rolling basis, so you can expect to hear back from us with more information about getting started before the beginning of May.
If you are a local social enterprise, business, charity or entrepreneur interested in collaborating with a team, you can find some further details of how the programme works here. Please get in touch with to discuss this further.
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
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