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OE Incubated company bought by Google!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Monday, 12th April 2010 @ 8:14pm

Hey all,

Hope you've all had a great Easter weekend! Trinity term is just around the corner now, and as always, we have a whole host of exciting stuff to shout about this week.... Not least that one of the companies in the OE Incubation Centre has just been bought by Google!!! Read on x

Calling All Alumni! & OE launch a new programme

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Friday, 2nd April 2010 @ 1:08pm

Dear Members,

We hope you are having a lovely holiday so far... Even though you are all at home looking forward to Easter, we're still busy at OE, and have some very exciting announcements to make this week.

Firstly, OE is launching a new programme this summer - Kick Start. See below for more info and for details of how to apply. Our 3rd Alumni event is coming next week, so sign up now to reserve a spot, and for those of you who are still undecided, applications for the next OE President will close soon, so get cracking if you are thinking of applying! We also have a small shoutout for our friends at LBS, who have a wicked conference planned this summer - but don't take our word for it - check out below for details!

Lots of love x

Reckon you could run OE? Search for OE's next President now on

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Friday, 26th March 2010 @ 11:33am

We've been telling you about our events and endeavours for ages... now it's your chance to do a little more than put in your two cents. We're offering you the chance to run the committee yourself as President '10/'11! 

For the IT minded, check out the Microsoft Dreamspark offer, the chance to attend the Oxford New Media Forum, a shout out for our friends at Smarta and if you're a graphic designer we want to hear from you!

Have a great week xx

Think you could run OE? Wanna win up to £100,000? Or just spend less on Web Hosting...?

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 17th March 2010 @ 6:02pm

Exciting stuff this week:

The SBS Venture Fund competition is now open! For those of you who enjoyed Idea Idol, this is a great opportunity to see a similar style of competition, with a (slightly!?) bigger prize pool. And we've got information about a great offer from Microsoft - a domain name, hosting and an amazing package of Microsoft Developer tools, all for ONLY £1 A MONTH (with an ox.ac.uk email) - cool huh!? This will only be available for a month, so be quick, and if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass on the link!

We've also got all the Idea Idol photos online - see below for details - an offer to attend the NACUE National Student Enterprise Conference, the chance to bag a free ticket to the UK's biggest Biotech conference, and last but not least - OE is opening up applications for next year's President!

Isn't 9th week brilliant!?x


E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Sunday, 14th March 2010 @ 4:28pm

As the term draws to a close, we're looking back on some of the great things that have gone on over the last couple of months. Highlights have included the annual Ideas2Market and Idea Idol competitions (of which Idea Idol saw its nail-biting finale this Wednesday), several successful OxPrentice events for our local budding entrepreneurs, as well as the high calibre speaker events and workshops which have come to be associated with OE.

But the fun doesn't stop there! There's events going on over Easter and plenty to think about for next term... So we hope you have a great (and enterprising) holiday, and make sure you come back ready and refreshed for the return of OE!

Entrepreneurial love xx

Correction (and another little reminder...!)

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 10th March 2010 @ 12:24am

Firstly - don't forget THE GRAND FINALE OF IDEA IDOL IS TONIGHT (Wednesday). We're all super-excited, the finalists are all tucked up in bed, dreaming of that nice big cheque....

Make sure you're there! To secure a last minute seat, click here.

On another note - the Morgan Stanley info sent earlier was slightly wrong, so here is their flyer, which must be right!!

Looking forward to a great end to a great term x

Special Announcement - Portfolio in Peril Challenge

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Tuesday, 9th March 2010 @ 4:42pm

Special Announcement to OE members:

Morgan Stanley invites you to represent your university in an interactive and fast-paced asset allocation strategy simulation. Ten university teams will compete for a total prize of £2,500, as well as for the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at Morgan Stanley and to have lunch with some of our European Board members. The simulation will test your teamwork, communication skills and decision-making ability, and will give you the opportunity to work with market-leading experts from Morgan Stanley.

For more information about the Portfolio in Peril Challenge, and to apply for this unique event, click here

When will it happen?

28th April 2010

The Morgan Stanley Office, 25 Cabot Square, London

When is the deadline?
15th March 2010

End of term fun!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Sunday, 7th March 2010 @ 12:08pm

It might be the end of term, but have no fear because we've packed in some excellent entrepreneurial events to keep you going over the holidays! On the 8th we've got our FlyingStart Make It Happen event and, of course, our biggest event of the year on Wednesday evening - the famous Idea Idol finale! 

Come along, it's never too late to get involved!xx

Top 5 reasons to come to the Idea Idol finale...

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 3rd March 2010 @ 3:41pm

As if you needed persuading! But here they are..


We give away £10,000 in cash and prizes in Idea Idol. Attending the Finale is the best way to see what the competition is like and see whether you can see yourself in the same position for next year..


Why bother going to buy the latest copy of heat when you can see real live FAMOUS people in the flesh! OE Judges are always of the highest calibre. This year we have Credit Suisse MD Ian Carneggie-Brown, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Leo Johnson, GÜ Chocolate Puds founder James Averdick, Andrew Fisher of Shazam Entertainment and Alex Hoye of Latitude and Seedcamp.


There is nothing more beautiful than an idea that makes you think 'that's just what I need! Where has it been all my life?!' You'll have to trust us on this one. Come and see if this year's talent meets your standards! Remember, you'll be voting for the 'People's Choice Award', so every person who attends has a real impact!


This is kind of all the above. But we all know that feeling... It's 8th week and all you can think about is the vac! Why not come along and get some inspiration for your free time? It could be from the presentations themselves, from hearing from the Judges or even just when networking with your peers. You never know, you could come back next term with some more money, more ideas and a completely new outlook on life!


Pretty self explanatory really. 


Hope to see you all there!xx

The finalists are confirmed - Idea Idol Grand Finale!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Saturday, 27th February 2010 @ 6:05pm

It's now less than two weeks until the Idea Idol finale - We can't wait! Congrats to those of you who got this far, and good luck to our 7 finalists! You can book a seat to see them in action in our Grand Finale below.

Thanks also to all of you that supported the OxPrentice Club night this week! As usual, a roaring success! 

Have a great 7th week everyone x

Ideas2Market winner! & Idea Ido Final - now open for registration!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Thursday, 25th February 2010 @ 9:55am

A big congratulations to Brooke Cleave, the winner of Ideas2Market 2010! Want to see her in action? And many others? Don't forget to sign up to our Idea Idol Finale! We've also got information on an internship opportunity and a Medical Innovation conference coming up...

Change the world, inspire a student, or just improve your own knowledge...

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Sunday, 21st February 2010 @ 12:48pm

Hey guys,

If you want to learn more about the cleantech industry, make a billion dollars, or find out more about emerging economies, then 6th week is the week for you! 

Maybe you're more interested in real business ideas up and around Oxford? Check out the Oxford Bike Market, or SIFE, which teaches entrepreneurship to local schools?

STILL not satisfied?! Well why not try your hand at the Microsoft Imagine Cup and see if you can make a difference to the world through technology...

1-on-1's with a VC - last chance- Idea Idol deadline - MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 17th February 2010 @ 9:17pm

Hey guys,

This week we've got a topical discussion: 'Entrepreneurship: Opportunities in a Crisis' as well as the OxPrentice Club night challenge and the alumni that are happening this evening! Hope to see as many of you there as possible! And don't forget the Idea Idol deadline is tonight, and your last chance to win an opportunity to meet with a VC. And for those of you who feel your good ideas need rewarding.. why not apply for the Oxfordshire Business Awards? Not quite there yet? Why not sign up to the NACUE Billion Dollar Bootcamp?! The opportunities are endless... make the most of it!

Run your own Club Night!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Saturday, 13th February 2010 @ 9:49am

Forget Park End, this Wednesday, why not compete to run a club night of your OWN! Also on Wednesday we've got our alumni event in London.. who says you're not spoiled for choice?! On that note - this Friday is your LAST CHANCE of the term to secure a 1-on-1 meeting with a VC, so see below to sign up. In other news, find out how entrepreneurs are turning the economic crisis into a business opportunity, and we have some info on a new student mentoring scheme.

Have a great week!x

NACUE event tomorrow!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 10th February 2010 @ 1:40pm

Hey guys,

Thanks to all of you who made it to the STEM Bootcamp today - a great time was had by all. If you missed it, don't despair - there will be another in a few weeks. In a cruel twist of fate, our next two events run concurrently, so you'll have to decide which one you would rather attend - Next Wednesday we've got yet another OxPrentice event, and also an event for our alumni, so make sure to make a note!

Have a great week x

Business masterclass with seasoned pros?! & They're giving out CERTIFICATES for leadership?! And FOOD?! For FREE?!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Saturday, 6th February 2010 @ 3:52pm

Boy have we got a great week lined up for you! This Wednesday we have the NACUE leadership day at Exam Schools: priceless business training from seasoned professionals, for FREE, official certifications at the end upon completion, an amazing line up, free food and drink all dayG&D’s will be there... And don't forget the Paperclip Challenge is still on- deadline Tuesday!

So if you're having trouble making millions with your paperclip, why not try sharpening your business skills for free... Read on x

Ideas 2 Market Deadline TONIGHT!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 3rd February 2010 @ 11:15am

DONT FORGET - the Ideas 2 Market deadline is midnight TONIGHT - so, if you want to be in with a chance of pitching your idea to James Caan from the Dragon's Den, or if you want to win a golden ticket to the Idea Idol final, get your submission in today!

We also have our first phase of training for Idea Idol today - if you managed to get through, congratulations - we'll see you in Keble at 7 sharp.

In other news, want to use your business ideas to save lives? Or are you an OE Alumnus? Then read on!

Win a private pitch to a Dragon!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Saturday, 30th January 2010 @ 12:52pm

Student loan not quite cutting it? How does a good cash injection sound? Come to the Paperclip Challenge on Monday for the chance to win big, and don't forget to get your Ideas2Market entries in - not only will the winner get a golden ticket to the Idea Idol final, they'll also get the chance to pitch in private to James Caan!

Have a great week people x


E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Thursday, 28th January 2010 @ 9:58am

LAST CHANCE - We have extended the deadline for Idea Idol by 48 hrs!

Due to popular demand, we are extending the deadline for Idea Idol submission by 48 hours - until midnight tomorrow night. Anything submitted after that will not be counted, so hurry and enter now by clicking here!!

No matter how crazy your idea, and no matter what stage it's at, you - YES YOU! - could be in with a chance of winning up to £10k in cash and prizes in our Grand Finale! Don't be shy - send in as many ideas as you want - you have nothing to lose!

All submissions are protected by a confidentiality agreement, and there are NO strings attached to the prizes so you have nothing to fear - if £5k in cold hard cash, legal incorporation, free office space, search engine optimization and MORE sound interesting to you, be sure to GET YOUR ENTRY IN BY MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

Last chance people.....x

Idea Idol deadline - MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 27th January 2010 @ 9:15am


No matter how crazy your idea, you - YES YOU! - could be in with a chance of winning up to £10k in cash and prizes in our finale! Don't be shy - send in as many ideas as you want - you have nothing to lose!

All submissions are protected by a confidentiality agreement, and there are NO strings attached to the prizes so you have nothing to fear - if £5k in cold hard cash, legal incorporation, free office space, search engine optimization and MORE sound interesting, be sure to GET YOUR ENTRY IN BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!!

On another note - do you think you could trade a paperclip for a house!!??

Yes, it's possible! in 2005, Kyle Macdonald used his negotiating skills to trade a paperclip for a house! (If you don't believe us, check out his website here). To sign up for one-evening masterclass and a chance to win big, click here or see below for more info.

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