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Founder of Spotify, OxPrentice iPhone Challenge and much more - This week's a big one!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Sunday, 25th October 2009 @ 3:52pm

Dear Oxford Entreprenerus,

Firstly, thanks to all those that came to the launch of Ideas2Market on Wednesday - the place was buzzing with ideas, and we really enjoyed having Ayd give a talk on Creativity. For those of you who couldn't make it, DON'T SWEAT! You can sign up for the Presentation Skills Workshop we're running with Bain and the Mentor Finding Night below...

Looking ahead, this week is one for the scrapbook - we have Daniel Ek, the Founder and CEO of music phenomenon SPOTIFY coming to give our inaugural keynote address on 'Spotify and the Future of the Music Industry' - this event will be heavily oversubscribed, so sign up quick!

On top of that, we're all really excited to open applications for our first OxPrentice event of the year - the iPhone App Challenge. Further details of the event and how to sign up are below, so get reading people, and do so quickly if you don't want to miss out!!

Lastly, we've opened applications for the elite team of 20 OE members who will get to run a garage workshop with the founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, at this year's Silicon Valley comes to Oxford. This event is a first for OE, and Biz is a super-cool dude, so competition for a spot on this team will be fierce!

There's loads more cool stuff in here... But you'll have to read it to find out!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
The OE Team x

OE Mid-Week News Bulletin

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Wednesday, 21st October 2009 @ 12:46am

To keep you up to date on the OE menu for each week we will be sending you mid-week events updates. Week 2 is a busy one...

OE Week 2 - Launching I2M, Alumni Lectures, Get 1-0n-1 with a VC, and much more!!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Sunday, 18th October 2009 @ 8:30pm

Dear OE Members,

As many of you are aware, term kicked off with a bang for OE. Our launch party in thirst lodge was buzzing with entrepreneurial gossip and ideas, which bodes well for the year ahead! Week 2 is a BIG one for OE as we kick off our nationally acclaimed Ideas2Market programme, our alumni VentureLectures event, and our unique drop in VC clinic with Octopus Ventures.

This is a really juicy newsletter with a load of stellar opportunities; so get reading!

Last call for applications to OE Incubation Centre!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Thursday, 15th October 2009 @ 11:57pm


New deadline for applications - Midnight on Saturday!

OE was founded to inspire Oxford students to become entrepreneurial and to support those who are already on their entrepreneurial journey. With below-market priced office space for Oxford startups we can take that support offering to a whole new stratosphere.

This summer Keble College kindly donated rooms in an outbuilding 3 minutes cycle fromm the centre of town. In association with the college we took that space and created the Oxford Entrepreneurs Incubation Centre.

To a handful of excellent early-stage companies, OE would like to offer the use of desk space at OEIC with 24/7 access for a mere £150 per month. This monthly rate includes internet access, a mailing address, use of a conference room (for a small booking fee, and including a projector), printer, and kitchenette (well-equipped, of course, with coffee, tea, milk and sugar).

We will also have the opportunity to work closely with you and support you along the way.

Applications should be made by filling out the online form here: http://tr.im/AxLN

And more information on the centre, the benefits and the expectations can be found here


ALUMNI SPECIAL- event in LONDON on 21st October! SIGNUP NOW!!

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Thursday, 15th October 2009 @ 11:46pm

Dear OE Alumni,

This is a special bulletin to let you know about the alumni launch event we're hosting in London on 21st October.


As part of OE's Alumni VentureLectures Programme this special event is being held for Oxford and Cambridge alumni...

It's an opportunity to meet old friends, make new ones, network and share food and drink. Most importantly though we
welcome four extraordinary speakers and champions in the promotion of entrepreneurship at this one-off launch event.

What's happening at the event?
There will be a short talk from Sir Paul Judge. Sir Paul is Benefactor of Judge Business School, former Chairman of RSA and Enterprise Education Trust, and Advisor on many boards both in industry and education. He will be sharing his vision of Democratising Entrepreneurship.

A discussion will follow with the extraordinary panellists including Victoria Lennox (Founder of NACUE) and Rajeeb Dey (Founder & CEO of Enternships), both former presidents of Oxford Entrepreneurs.

Who should go?!
To put it simply- literally any alumni of OE! Here's a list of the kind of people we've had come to our alumni events in the past: inspiring and aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up enthusiasts, intrapreneurs, engineers, consultants, inventors, investors, VCs, business angels, advisers, mentors, lawyers, researchers, teachers, club leaders, employees, "innocent bystanders"

How do I find out more and book a ticket?
Reserve your place now at www.venturelectures.org Tickets £10


Week 1: Welcome to all new members!

E-mail sent by Will Powell, Sunday, 11th October 2009 @ 3:40am

It's been a hectic week of freshers fairs for Oxford Entrepreneurs and with a record 1500 new signups in 3 days we now have over 7000 members! This is a special newsletter to invite members, new and old, to our LAUNCH PARTY ON MONDAY (7pm Thirst Lodge)! We've also got details of our latest alumni event and some info on the office space available in OE's Innovation Centre.


Week 0: Kicking off a new year of OE

E-mail sent by Ashvir Sangha, Tuesday, 6th October 2009 @ 7:32pm

The summer is almost over and that's sad. A new term does mean a new year of OE events, speakers and workshops though. And that's definitely good! We have always been proud of the opportunities, connections and community that we provide our members and this year is absolutely no exception. By the end of Freshers Week we expect to have over 7000 members, making us one of the two largest entreprenurial societies in the world.

We have loads of cool features in this weeks edition of the OE newsletter- the opportunity to use Jordan, our President, as a walking billboard for the year, an appeal for inventors from the BBC, an invitation to the MIT Enterprise forum and a request for ambassadors from GroupSpaces, one of a number of successful companies to come out of OE. We'll also be telling you about one of our most exciting projects- the launch of the OE Innovation Centre which offers low price office space solutions to Oxford Uni students.

So get reading to get the low down on some of the best entrepreneurial opportunites around the whole of the UK.



Oxford Entrepreneurs: more summer updates

E-mail sent by Peter Baxendell, Monday, 31st August 2009 @ 10:49pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

As summer gently ticks away OE has been moving full throttle, securing brilliant speakers, setting up an enterprise centre and planning next year's events.

We're also starting a new section in our newsletters- 'The OE Business Showcase'OE has a proud tradition of supporting businesses set up by Oxford students (it's why we exist after all!). With that in mind the Business Showcase will spotlight and promote new student ventures each week- this week it's PulsePrint! 

If you’d like a shout out in our next newsletter's 'Businesses Showcase', then fill out this form and register your business with us:


Committee recruitment (and a couple of other things)

E-mail sent by Peter Baxendell, Sunday, 2nd August 2009 @ 10:39pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

We have two amazing committee positions up for grabs; Events Director and Creative Director

This is your chance to work with one of the most dynamic committees in Oxford and gain access to a load of rare opportunities. There's blurb below on each of the jobs and we hope that they get you inspired and applying!

This newsletter doesn't stop there though. A link to the OE summer survey gives you the chance to dish out some feedback and make next year's events, entertainment, and speakers even better than the last. It will only take a couple of minutes to fill in and one lucky entrant will win a bottle of champagne!

Finally- for those of you who are graduated external members already making waves in the business world we're giving some info about mentorship of our young up and coming entrepreneurs.

Oxford Entrepreneurs: Summer update

E-mail sent by Peter Baxendell, Sunday, 12th July 2009 @ 4:54pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

The summer holidays are only a few weeks old and we hope that you’ve been making the most of the (brief periods of) sun! OE isn’t going into summer hibernation but is working to lay on its best year yet.

That means all the big names, high profile competitions, workshops, and parties will be back next year bigger and better than ever before! We’ve also dreamed up some new programmes for you to get your teeth into. After a successful launch last term, The Oxprentice, a series of BBC Apprentice style challenges, will be hitting Oxford for the first time next term.

Check out below for the latest updates and entrepreneurial opportunities. If you have a spare two minutes it would be awesome if you could fill in the questionnaire below. This will give us some feedback on what you did and didn’t like about the year. We can then improve and tailor our events even better to your wildest whims.

Most importantly though, enjoy the rest of the summer!

Oxford Entrepreneurs is proudly sponsored by
Octopus Ventures, Deutsche Bank, Purple Media, Linklaters, Business Link, Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, cmypitch.com, Webmart and the Oxford University Careers Service

OE 2008-09 Year in Review

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Tuesday, 16th June 2009 @ 4:21am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

OE has a rich history of excellence in promoting student enterprise as the largest and most active student enterprise organisation in Europe. After seven years of growth, we continue to hold true to our mission of encouraging and supporting student entrepreneurship by providing inspiration, education, networking and the chance to learn by doing at the University of Oxford and beyond.

2008-09 has been a benchmark academic year in terms of membership, governance, programming, innovation and impact. The tangible impact of OE can be seen in the lives of those who engage with the society and felt by the contagious energy that flows through our events when like-minded, enterprising individuals connect.

I am delighted to welcome Jordan Poulton as OE’s 2009-10 President. Jordan previously ran OE’s 2009 Idea Idol competition and sat as VP Governance; founded and led the Oxford Investment Society; and, is the co-founder of CrewDates.com. Accompanying Jordan will be the launch of the OE Enterprise Centre, Enterprise Wednesday networking socials, quarterly alumni events for OE and Cambridge University Entrepreneurs members in London, and the new Oxprentice programming line. Under Jordan’s leadership, I am confident that OE will reach new heights – from strength to strength.

On behalf of the 2008-09 OE Committee, thank you to all of our sponsors, partners, supporters and members. It has been an honour working with each of you over the last year. Please enjoy the
2008-09 OE Year in Review, a window into the internal workings of OE to see what it takes to run a world leading enterprise society from the inside out.


Victoria Lennox
President 08/09

"The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; OE builds entrepreneurs." Thomas F.A. Whitfield

Special: Venturefest Oxford 2009

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Thursday, 11th June 2009 @ 6:36am

The Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation warmly welcomes you to attend

Venturefest Oxford 2009

Monday 29th June, The Kassam Stadium

Venturefest is a free annual event that has been running for over 10 years. The format of Venturefest Oxford 2009 is new with an intense one day event (rather than the previous two day format.) Over 1,000 investors, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the UK will gather at the Kassam Stadium for a day of networks, seminars and keynote speakers followed by a dinner at Wadham College with after dinner speaker Professor Colin Mayer, Dean of the Said Business School.

A series of accessible 'how to' sessions throughout the day include 'how to write a business plan' and 'how to increase your recession resilience'. Fund raising sessions provide the opportunity for investors to meet entrepreneurs in 15 minute "pitch" sessions, and the exhibition area creates the space to network with innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. At the centre of this year's exhibition will be the Morgan LIFE Car, subject of the lunchtime keynote presentation by Dr Malcolm McCulloch.

Venturefest is absolutely free of charge and open to all.

To view the full programme and to register please visit: www.venturefest.com

Wk 6: The Oxprentice Audition and Many Other Entrepreneurial Opportunities!

E-mail sent by David Mok, Sunday, 31st May 2009 @ 10:25pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

With just a few weeks to go, OE is wrapping up its programming for the year. Don't fret, you can still count on us for the latest entrepreneur-related opportunities. This week's newsletter is especially filled with many great opportunities such as workshop seminars, career trips and many possible placements so keep on reading!

That's not to say that we've just been sitting out enjoying the sun! We are busy at work on the launch of The Oxprentice. Be sure to register yourself and your friends for what will be a day filled with networking, competition, fun!

We are delighted to announce that the two Companies that received funding at the 2009 SBS Venture Fund Competition were Altitude Medical and Zoombu, two OE Companies that jointly won OE's Idea Idol 2008. Congratulations! Your success is a testament your hard work and perseverance and to the importance of OE and university enterprise societies in providing an affirming and enabling ecosystem for university entrepreneurs.

We are also excited to announce that Oxford Entrepreneurs is an official member of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, a national organisation that represents and supports university enterprise societies and university entrepreneurs to stimulate and drive entrepreneurship across the UK. OE led the way in the founding of NACUE and since launching at the beginning of May atop the London Eye with accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs Rod Aldridge, Brad Rosser, Al Gosling, Mike Southon and Julie Meyer during a training weekend of enterprise society leaders from across the UK, NACUE already represents over 40 enterprise societies across the country and in excess of 20,000 entrepreneurial students. As a Member of OE, you are invited to be some of the first to join the NACUE E-Newsletter, which launches in July 2009 to ensure that you are the first to hear about the latest news and opportunities for young entrepreneurs in the UK.

Signing Off,

David "Marketing" Mok

Oxford Entrepreneurs is proudly sponsored by
Octopus Ventures, Deutsche Bank, Purple Media, Linklaters, Business Link, Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, cmypitch.com, Webmart and the Oxford University Careers Service


The Apprentice York 2009

Posted by Victoria Lennox, Sunday, 31st May 2009 @ 5:05pm

  • Monday, 1 June 2009 @ 9:00 AM - Saturday, 6 June 2009 @ 11:30 PM
    Location: Univeristy of York

    Keynote Speaker(s): Lord Mayor of York; John Galvin, Pro-vice Chancellor; Chris Henshall, BBC Apprentice Winner; Michele
    Cost: Invitation Only

    The Apprentice York is the Society's flagship event. Now in its third successful year The Apprentice York 2009 is set to be the biggest competition the society has ever organised and run, with 64 students taking part in 4 business centred challenges spread across a single week. The Society will also be working closely with external companies and has invited many high profile business individuals and entrepreneurs to participate in the launch evening. At the end of the week there can be only one winner of the £1000 prize - who will be hired, not fired, as the York Apprentice?

Wk 5: OE Proudly Presents: The Oxprentice!

E-mail sent by David Mok, Monday, 25th May 2009 @ 4:42am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Welcome to Week 5 Trinity Term! This is the moment you've all been waiting for:

Inspired by Alan Sugar’s The Apprentice, The Oxprentice is a new OE-run competition that endeavours to foster entrepreneurship by giving members the chance to learn by doing by actually going out into the community and honing their entrepreneurial skills. The programming will range from sales competitions to product creation and advertising to negotiation skills contests. The contest will culminate in a main competition – eventually leaving one winner who will be the 1st-ever Oxprentice! See more details below on the Oxprentice Launch Event.

Also, this week is the SBS Venture Fund Finale featuring two of OE's own companies: Zoombu and Altitude Medical. Good luck to both teams and all of the finalists of the competition.

This newsletter is jampacked with opportunities from our sponsors and supporters so be sure to check it out!

Signing Off,
David "Marketing" Mok

Special: Venture Fund - 40 Free Places for Oxford Entrepreneurs!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Thursday, 21st May 2009 @ 9:52am

Oxford Entrepreneurs has been given 40 free places for the 2009 SBS Venture Fund Competition. The first 40 Members who click here and submit their details will receive a place. Please read below for further details. Let the race begin!



Venture Fund Finals – Wednesday 27 May at 4.45pm

Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre

Opening address: Wafic Said

Watch 3 or 4 finalist teams presenting their ideas to the founding Benefactors:

David Bonderman of Texas Pacific and Sir Philip Green of Arcadia

Chaired by the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Hood

and hear their feedback.  Q&A opportunity to the Panelists follows


Professor Colin Mayer

Peter Moores Dean of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

requests the pleasure of your company

on Wednesday 27th May 2009

at the Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford to attend

Saïd Business School Venture Fund Finals – 2009

4.30pm for 5.00pm: Registration

Wk 4: What is Oxprentice?

E-mail sent by David Mok, Monday, 18th May 2009 @ 9:53am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

As OE begins to wind down for the academic year, this was the very first week of the year where OE does not have a speaker or an event planned and clearly we're not very good at sitting still....we had to do something...we really can't help it. That is why we would like to bring your attention to a newly-created OE-run competition called The Oxprentice. The first week of programming for this competition will start week 6 of this term with more details coming next week. For now we'll just have to leave you in suspense. All I'll say is that it is interactive, will put your entrepreneurial skills to the test and involves an essential beverage!

As always, this newsletter is full of the latest news from our sponsors and supporters so be sure to check out what's going on in Oxford and around our community.

Signing off,
David "Marketing" Mok

Oxford Entrepreneurs is proudly sponsored by
Octopus Ventures, Deutsche Bank, Purple Media, Linklaters, Business Link, Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, cmypitch.com, Webmart and the Oxford University Careers Service

Reminder: London Alumni Event Tomorrow Night at the Adam Street Club!

E-mail sent by David Mok, Thursday, 7th May 2009 @ 3:46pm

May 8, 20097.30pm
Adam Street Club – The Strand, London
Registration Full

The crisp surroundings of the Adam Street Club on The Strand, London, play host to this year’s Oxford Entrepreneurs Alumni engagement on Friday 8th May. Oxford Entrepreneurs has a diverse and rich community of alumni, and the committee is keen to meet them in person over a few drinks in  relaxed surroundings.

Alongside meeting other alumni and the committee, guests will also be able to hear from and talk to three high profile entrepreneurs, Rod Aldridge, the founder of Capita, Ben Elliot, co-founder of Quintessentially, and Syed Ahmed, founder of SA Vortex and more famously, a former contestant from The Apprentice, who will all be sharing their experiences on the evening.

The event, on the 8th May, begins at 7.30pm and runs until 10.30pm though the Adam Street Club is open until 3am, so feel free to make an evening of it - on Fridays there is often a nice party atmosphere in the club as the evening progresses. If you have registered for this highly anticipated event, we look forward to seeing you there!

Special: Oxford Entrepreneurs Alumni Event & The Social Enterprise Forum

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Thursday, 7th May 2009 @ 1:55pm

Good afternoon,

Thank you to those of you who came out to see Brent Hoberman last night, the final Change Maker speaker of this academic year for Oxford Entrepreneurs.

Tomorrow evening we are hosting the 2009 Alumni Event at the Adam Street Club in London at 7.30pm, featuring a panel of celebrity entrepreneurs. Registration for this event has closed and you must be on the VIP list to gain entry. If you can no longer attend this event, please contact me as soon as possible at victoria@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk so that we can open up a place to the waiting list.

If you missed out, not to worry, another great event is just around the corner. The Oxford Social Enterprise Forum takes place this weekend at the Said Business School, and features a pitching competition.

See below for details on both of these exciting opportunities.

Best wishes,

Victoria Lennox
08/09 President

SPECIAL Green Enterprise Series: Mike Mason, Founder of Climate Care - Tonight!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Wednesday, 29th April 2009 @ 8:45am

Said Business School - 6pm

Register: http://oe.wufoo.com/forms/mike-mason/ 

Mike Mason, Managing Director – Innovation, founded Climate Care in 1997 pre-Kyoto.  Since then the company has become a market leader in the origination, development and retail of voluntary and compliance carbon offsets, pioneering methodologies and project standards in a number of areas and supplying everyone from consumers to some of the world’s largest brands.  In April 2008 Climate Care was acquired by JP Morgan.

Mike also founded and continues to run Biojoule, a company developing new ways to use biomass for energy that doesn’t compete with food.  Mike qualified as a mining engineer initially and worked mostly in Africa.  He then gained an MBA and moved to business development in the oil industry.  He left the oil industry to set up a computing consultancy and a number of healthcare ventures. In 1994 Mike went to Oxford to study Environmental Change and Management, where he also taught Environmental Economics for several years.


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