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Oxford Business Network pages are changing!

Posted by Ladd Thurston, Monday, 1st October 2012 @ 1:32pm

  • Dear all,

    In early October this page will be migrated to the new Oxford Business Alumni website’s Groups section, and this group will merge with the "Oxford Business Network for Social Impact". This is to ensure better integration with the OBA Directory, reduced number of login details for members to keep track of, and a simpler way for students and alumni to interact with each other.

    Therefore, please do not request membership to this page, but rather register for the new OBA website ( if you have not already done so since July 2012. Once your registration is processed, you may join an Oxford Business Network as well as Chapters and events with the same login details. Please note, in early October we will be sending all 2012-2013 degree programme students their alumni number to register. Any other alumni requiring their Alumni Number for registration please email us at

    We will update you once the new page is available. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on the new OBA website!

    Best regards,

    Alumni Relations Office

    Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


The Impact Generation March Happy Hour: Marmanie Consulting

  • Wednesday, 14th March 2012 at 7:30pm
    Location: The exchange, london bridge

    Sign up…

SVCIC Debrief: Feedback and Insights

  • Friday, 24th February 2012 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: TBA

    Want to gain insights into what it takes to succeed in sustainable venture capital? 

    • 1 person attended

SVCIC (Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition)

  • Thursday, 2nd February 2012 at 5pm - 6:30pm Saturday, 4th February

    Business plans will be distributed on Thurs, and the competition takes place Saturday!

SAM lunch SR13

  • Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: SR13

    luch with SAM

Careers with Impact: Part 1 of 2

  • Friday, 28th January 2011 at 5:15pm - 7:30pm
    Location: SBS, Seminar Room A

    The Careers Centre, the Skoll Centre, and the Social Entrepreneurship and Social Finance OBNs…

The Morality of Charity and Bringing Business Sense to Philanthropy

  • Tuesday, 8th February 2011 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Seminar Room A, SBS

    Martin Brookes, CEO of New Philanthropy Capital  How can lessons from the business world…

    • 1 person attended

Nigel Kershaw, CEO, Big Issue

  • Thursday, 3rd February 2011 at 6pm - 7pm
    Location: Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre, SBS

    Nigel Kershaw, CEO, Big Issue

    An exciting evening with one of the UK’s most well-…
    • 1 person attended

Sir Ronald Cohen - Developing a Sustainable Social Sector

  • Monday, 24th January 2011 at 6pm - 7:30pm
    Location: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ, London

    Sir Ronald Cohen is talking at the RSA in London on 24 Jan on "Developing a Sustainable Social…

London Development Forum 2011: Envisaging Sustainable Paths to Development

Posted by Elizabeth Ritchey, Sunday, 28th November 2010 @ 10:41pm

  • Dear Social Finance OBN,
    It is with pleasure that we would like to invite you, and your fellow colleagues, to participate in the London Development Forum 2011: Envisaging Sustainable Paths to Development, organised by the Student Initiative (

    Details :
    Date : Saturday, 22 January 2011
    Time : 8.30 am to 7 pm
    Place : London School of Economics, Hong Kong Theatre (Clement House, Ground Floor, 99 Aldwych, WC2B 4JF)

    The LDF aims to facilitate open discussions between students and policy-makers on the future of the development sector and sustainable pathways to development on a national, regional and international level.

    The forum consists of a mix between presentations, workshops and panels. Representatives from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations will address the participants, while experienced practitioners will conduct interactive workshops to measure the effectiveness of policies implemented. Hence, it is an ideal platform for you to engage with like-minded people.

    For more details on LDF and on how to register, please visit
    st regards,

    Rachel Chia
    On behalf of the London Development Forum 2011 Committee

Sector Consultant Tim Jones - slots available for Friday November 26th

Posted by Elizabeth Ritchey, Friday, 19th November 2010 @ 9:25pm

  • For anyone interested in setting up a meeting with SE sector consultant Tim Jones, he will be at SBS on Friday November 26th and has slots available for meeting.

Looking to source or share EP ideas?

Posted by Elizabeth Ritchey, Wednesday, 10th November 2010 @ 7:28am

  • This is from Anima - email her if you're interested in participating - everyone is welcome to come listen!

    HOLD THE DATE - This Friday, November 12th, during SBS Happy Hour. 
     Details still being sorted.

    We're gearing up for EP time, friends, and I'm looking for 20-30 people who want to be part of a human capital experiment. 

    This experiment will involve you opening your mouth and talking for 2-3 minutes to a roomful of people who, like you, are all thinking about teammates, skillsets, and entrepreneurially-minded half-baked ideas for the EP.  While you'll be talking, they'll be listening and typing on their laptops - emailing you thoughts and leads to whatever might move you forward toward your goal:

    Things like: 
    "you want to make a light that claps on and claps off? are you aware that such a thing exists..."
    "i'm glad to see you have finance skills and are interested in robots. do you want to join my team?"
    "you want to make a teach for america but for politics? my uncle works at teach for america, let me make an intro"
    "you want to bottle water on mars? i appreciate your ambition. have you considered transportation costs?"
    "make sure you talk with Zanzibar - he is also doing something in web development and found a great deal on..."

    After speaking, you will then have a room of people who know what you're looking for - whatever it is - and you'll have a bunch of emails in your box to help guide your next moves. Note: You do NOT need to have an EP idea for this event!! It is equally useful to know a bit about you (e.g. want a simple project, want a social impact project), your interest areas (e.g. food, hotels, africa), and your own skill sets (e.g. law, accounting, design thinking) that you'll bring to a team.

    A number of you have heard of Ignite; this is a rip on that style of event, aimed to get even more creative ideas and team combinations flowing around the EP projects.  It will be fast-paced and colorful. Think of it like speed-dating without the desperation.

    Why this, why now?  The more ideas we create and share, the earlier we start white-boarding about them, the better the ones that rise to the top....and the more pumped we are to spend several months (or in some cases, years) working on them. (Personally, I'm sitting on a number of half-baked concepts - everything from a luxury boating company to civics education in the US to an iphone app for foodies. Only with others will I get to see if these ideas go anywhere useful...)

    Just reply if you'd like to join the experiment!

Acumen Fund Fellowship - deadline 15 Nov

Posted by Jonny Gill, Wednesday, 10th November 2010 @ 12:03am

  • This deadline is only next week so hopefully those who are interested have already come across this, but the cut-off for applications for the 2011/12 Fellowship program for the Acumen Fund close next Monday, the 15th.

    Acumen Fund is a really exciting social venture fund, that mixes philanthropic funding with some very innovative business approaches to solve problems of poverty. Patrick presented on his work with Acumen at our brown bag lunch a couple of weeks ago, so if you have questions on this, hunt him down...

Acumen Fund Challenge Monday evening

Posted by Elizabeth Ritchey, Sunday, 7th November 2010 @ 7:26pm

  • From Patrick Keenan:
    Make Sanitation Sexy
    Monday November 8
    Seminar Room 13

    I'd like to invite & encourage all those who are interested in solving
    big global issues through creative/business solutions to join for a
    workshop this Monday. There will be no speaker, and you'll talk as
    much as you'll listen. A small group or large would be fine, and
    either way something good will come out of it.

    "The esteemed panel of judges will choose their favorites by November
    30, 2010 and the winning submissions will be featured by our Challenge
    Sponsor, Design Observer, and Media Partners, GOOD and YouTube, in
    early December. Winning video submissions will be featured on
    YouTube's homepage for 24 hours."

    There's nothing more motivating than a deadline, and I think this
    could be a great one to meet.


    Use your creative genius to show the world that the lack of basic
    sanitation is one of the most critical issues facing the developing
    world today.
    You can meet the challenge with:
    The most retweetable tweet of all time
    A story or essay that is New Yorker-worthy, bound to become a classic
    An iconic print ad or poster
    Guerrilla marketing or public art that commands immediate twitpic and
    yfrog-ing action
    A game-changing video à la The Girl Effect which puts sanitation on
    the map
    The deadline for submissions is November 21st at 11:59pm Pacific.

    To submit, simply email your name and all links to images, videos,
    text, or the unexpected to:

    YouTube / twitter / wherever) + EXTRA EXTRA POINTS FOR COMMENTS,

Sanitation is sexy!

  • Monday, 8th November 2010 at 6pm - 7pm
    Location: SBS seminar rm 13

    For all those who are interested in solving  big global issues through creative/business…

Emerge Conference

  • Saturday, 27th November 2010 (all day), Sunday, 28th November 2010 (all day)
    Location: SBS

    Emerge is the UK’s only conference on social entrepreneurship for university students.

Upcoming microfinance talks in London

Posted by Jonny Gill, Wednesday, 3rd November 2010 @ 5:56pm

  • The UK Microfinance Club is a group that puts on regular speaker events about microfinance, usually hosted in central London. They have three events coming up before Christmas that might be of interest to people:

    On 9th November Mark Napier and Robert Stone will speak on the recent book "Real Money, New Frontiers: case studies on financial innovation in Africa" which, amongst other matters, addresses the very topical issue of the role of commercial organisations in microfinance.   This event is at Citigroup Centre, Canary Wharf starting at 6.30pm.

    On 22nd November, Frederick Eijkman from PEP Intermedius in Kenya will speak on "Bridges to Cash: the retail end of mobile money" drawing on their remarkable success in liquidity management for the agents who underpin the mobile money revolution in Kenya.  This event takes place at St Mary Le Bow church, City of London at the invitation of Just Share. 

    On 6th December, Graham Wright, Director of Microsave India will speak on 'Savings for the Poor: the forgotten three quarters of MF"   based on his long experience of the sector.  That event will be followed by the Club's AGM with interesting developments to announce.

    You need to register for these events, which requires being a member (I think £5 for a year for students) - check out there website on

    If you're interested in going to any of these then let us know and we can co-ordinate a group to go down to London.


Posted by Elizabeth Ritchey, Tuesday, 2nd November 2010 @ 7:35pm

  • Hopefully you all saw the email that the Social Finance OBN has received official school recognition and funding!  Congratulations everyone : )
    As mentioned previously, we're doing a brown bag lunch on Friday (12:30 - 1:30 in seminar room 14) to discuss some housekeeping issues (like how much funding we're getting and some thoughts on upcoming events) and Josh is going to share his experiences in social finance with us.  Hopefully you all can make it, but I'll send notes out afterwards for those who can't.
    Congratulations again, we're a strong and enthusiastic group and we have such an exciting year ahead of us! 

Useful link for researching social finance firms

Posted by Jonny Gill, Monday, 1st November 2010 @ 10:21am

  • For people trying to research what social finance / impact investment firms there are out there, particularly in the UK, this is a really useful websit:

    If you click "show all" on the 'finance providers', or on the 'advisors' lines then you get brief introductions and weblinks to a whole host of interesting firms. Thanks to Pranaiya for the link.

Impact Investing Forum November 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Ritchey, Monday, 1st November 2010 @ 8:57am

  • There is an interesting forum in London on Impact Investing at the end of November, right after the Emerge conference.
    Tickets are pricey (over £1000) but please let me know if you're interested and perhaps we could negotiate a student discount.  Thank you Nikhil for sharing this with the group!

Impact Investing Resources

Social Finance & Impact Investing OBN

Networks: Oxford University, Saïd Business School

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