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Special: Join the 2009/10 Oxford Entrepreneurs Team - Applications Due This Friday!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 18th April 2009 @ 1:54pm

Do you want to join an exciting and dynamic team and help build and improve Europe’s largest and most active student enterprise society? We are currently recruiting Committee Members for the 2009/10 academic year. For a complete list of vacancies, visit: http://groupspaces.com/oxfordentrepreneurs/emails/11610?remote

Applications must be received no later than Friday, April 24, 2009. Interviews will commence during the 2nd week of Trinity Term. 

Please submit all applications and any inquiries to the attention of Jochen Klingelhoefer, OE Membership Director at Jochen@OxfordEntrepreneurs.co.uk.

Wk 0: Oxford Entrepreneurs Is Back for Trinity Term!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 18th April 2009 @ 1:36pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

With only one week left before Trinity term, OE is preparing for another term of high-quality events and enterprising opportunities. The sections below will introduce you to our three key events for the term. You can also
download our term card in PDF format.

Applications for the OE 2009/10 Oxford Entrepreneurs committee are due Friday, April 24, 2009. So if you want to join a team of the most enterprising students at Oxford University, email your CV and Cover Letter to Jochen Klingelhoefer, Membership Director, at jochen@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk.

We would also like to remind all the entrepreneurs who have currently started their own ventures to take a few minutes to complete a short profile of your venture. Let us know what you have been up to and how we can help. If you have more than one venture, why not fill out the form a few times?
Complete the form.

A note of celebration - the committee would like congratulate OE's President Victoria Lennox for receiving the SFEDI Builder of Entrepreneur Support Networks Award as well as 2009 Overall Champion Enterprise Support Award last week in London.

This newsletter is jam-packed with opportunities from the greater entrepreneurial community outside of Oxford and from our sponsors, so be sure to check them out!

Signing off,

David Mok
Marketing Director




Special: Calling all Entrepreneurs!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Friday, 3rd April 2009 @ 12:17am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Are you living the dream? Are you an entrepreneur who has thrown caution to the wind and started your own venture? As a valued member of OE, we want to know what you are up to so that we can develop more relevant programming to meet the needs of our most active members (student, alumni and external members alike).

I invite you to take a few minutes to complete a short profile of your venture. Let us know what you have been up to and how we can help. If you have more than one venture, why not fill out the form a few times? You can complete the form at the following link: http://oe.wufoo.com/forms/oe-ventures/

Please do not hesitate to contact me at president@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk to let me know how OE can help.

Yours truly,

Victoria Lennox
08/09 President

Special: Join the 2009/10 Oxford Entrepreneurs Team - Applications Due April 24

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Friday, 27th March 2009 @ 8:46pm

Do you want to join an exciting and dynamic team and help build and improve Europe’s largest and most active student enterprise society? We are currently recruiting Committee Members for the 2009/10 academic year.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, April 24, 2009. Interviews will commence during the 3rd week of Trinity Term. 

Please submit all applications and any inquiries to the attention of Jochen Klingelhoefer, OE Membership Director at Jochen@OxfordEntrepreneurs.co.uk.

Special: SBS Venture Fund / Astia Doing It Right / Ariadne Insiders Opportunity

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Wednesday, 18th March 2009 @ 9:25am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Athough term has ended and work has settled for the Spring break, OE is as hard at work as ever! Several amazing opportunities have come to OE that I thought that you needed to hear about.

Oxford Entrepreneurs has been given two places at Astia`s Doing It Right Programme in May and OE Members have been given an exclusive discount to attend the the programme. Also, Ariadne Insiders has launched its Members-get-Members opportunity for a chance to get a free ticket to Ariadne`s  invitation-only conference 'Entrepreneur Country'. This opportunity ends on March 20th, so get referring. Moreover, next Monday marks the deadline for the SBS Venture Fund!

Read on for more information on these and other opportunities and reply now for your chance to attend Astia's Doing It Right.

Have an enterprising week!

Victoria Lennox
President

Wk 8: Idea Idol & Ideas2Market Recap / Join the OE Twitter & Facebook Groups

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Sunday, 8th March 2009 @ 9:52pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Thank you to everyone who came out to Idea Idol 2009 last Thursday! We gave away £10k in cash, £2k in legal support from Henmans llp and many other prizes in a gripping final, which over 350 OEers attended - concluding both our Ideas2Market programme and our Idea Idol competition. Read on to see the summary and see the website for pictures of the event.

Although this is the last newsletter of the term, it does not fail to deliver some of the most exciting opportunities for entrepreneurship aficionados. Over the break, keep the momentum going and keep building up your business ideas! Rest up during the break because in Trinity 2009 we will pick up where we left off and countinue to provide a great programme of events.

Until Trinity,

Victoria Lennox
08/09 President

Special: Dragon's Den meets Pop Idol at Idea Idol 2009/ Events & Opportunities

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 @ 7:42am

Dragons Den meets Pop Idol at Idea Idol 2009 Grand Finale
March 5, 2009 - 6-8pm, Said Business School
Click here to register

Idea Idol is the flagship ideas competition run by Oxford Entrepreneurs where we give away up to £10,000 and many other prizes. On March 5, 2009 the 7 finalists are going head to head with a star-studded panel of judges - including Julie Meyer (CEO of Ariadne Capital), Ian Robin (Director of Skype for Business), Will Ghali (Marketing Director of Cobra Beer), and Ian Carnegie-Brown (MD of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse) - for their chance to win 10k. Come along for free giveaways, G&Ds ice cream, Cobra Beer and food, a start-up exhibition, entertainment, and your chance to meet some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country.

Come cheer on the finalists and vote for the People's Choice Winner:

  • Foresight Pharmaceuticals - Phoebe Williams
  • Youth Bank – Joyce Meng
  • Teacherplanit - Alyson Goodner and Sebastian Stoddart 
  • AiFlex – Will Powell
  • Diagnosis 2U - Sammy K. Sambu and Laurel S. Gabler
  • DeFacto Biologics – Nuala Trainor 
  • EasySolution – Camilla Oxley and Jochen W. Klingelhoefer

Visit www.ideaidol.com for more information and to register.

 

Wk 7: Idea Idol / Start-up Exhibition / Sara Berman

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 28th February 2009 @ 12:43pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Welcome to the most exciting week of the year for Oxford Entrepreneurs.

Just when you thought that things couldn't get any better after last week's visit of Dragon James Caan and this Monday's OxWIB cocktails affair with Fashion Entrepreneur Sara Berman, this Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 6pm at the Said Business School we are proud to present Idea Idol 2009. Dragon's Den meets Pop Idol when our 7 finalists go head to head a star-studded panel of judges - including Julie Meyer (Founder & CEO of Ariadne Capital); Ian Robin (Director of Skype for Business); Will Ghali (Marketing Director of Cobra Beer); and, Ian Carnegie-Brown (MD of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse) - for their chance to walk away with £10,000 and many other prizes.

Come along for free entertainment from the celebrated group Out of the Blue; a Cobra Beer Reception; audience prizes; OE's Start-Up Exhibition; your chance to meet some of the most entrepreneurial students in the country; and, a chance to win a pass to the VIP dinner with judges, finalists and sponsors after the show. Register now and be part of OE's flagship event of the year.

See you all on Thursday,

Victoria
President 08/09

Special: SBS Venture Fund Launch

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 28th February 2009 @ 11:57am


The SBS Venture Fund opens applications for its third year on 1st March 2009. The fund seeks to invest between £50,000 and £150,000 in start-up or existing businesses with exceptional value propositions. The Fund originated in 2006 when an offer of £500,000 was made by Sir Philip Green, one of the UK’s leading retail entrepreneurs, to support SBS students’ business ideas. His offer was generously matched by David Bonderman, founder of Texas Pacific Group.

The 2009 Venture Fund is open to all current and alumni students of the Saïd Business School. The committee also welcomes submissions from University of Oxford students or alumni who are members of the Oxford Entrepreneurs society.

Finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to the Fund’s committee and benefactors at a high profile event at Saïd Business School in May 2009. Visit http://sbsventurefund.wordpress.com<http://sbsventurefund.wordpress.com/> for specific details on eligibility, the application process and to learn about the Fund’s existing portfolio.

Wk 6: James Caan / Start-up Exhibition Deadline / Idea Idol 2009 Finale

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Sunday, 22nd February 2009 @ 4:19pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

In our final Ideas2Market workshop of the year, last week OE members had the opportunity to develop their selling skills as entrepreneurs with successful entrepreneur John Thompson. This week we bring you James Caan, Founder and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw and a Dragon on the popular series 'The Dragon's Den'. Click here to register to see Mr. Caan this Thursday at 5.30pm at the Said Business School.

The deadline for the Start-up Exhibition is this Friday! If you want the opportunity to showcase your start-up at the most exciting Ideas Competition in Oxford and get media and investment exposure, click here to register.

Also, be sure to register early for OE's most popular event of the year: Idea Idol 2009. On March 5, 2009 at 6.30pm at the Said Business School's Nelson Mandela Theatre, the 7 finalists are going head to head with a star-studded panel of judges - including Julie Meyer (CEO of Ariadne Capital), Ian Robinson (Director of Skype for Business), Will Ghali (Marketing Director of Cobra Beer), and Ian Carnegie-Brown (MD of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse) for their chance to win 10k. Come along for free giveaways, cobra beer and food, a start-up exhibition, and your chance to meet some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country.

Have an enterprising week!

Victoria Lennox
08/09 President

Wk 5: SELLING SKILL FOR ENTREPRENEURS / START-UP EXHIBITION / SBS VENTURE FUND COMPETITION

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Sunday, 15th February 2009 @ 10:49am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Last week was a very exciting week for OE! The 25 Semi-Finalists for Idea Idol received training on how to create an executive summary from Russell Smith of Business Boffins and the legal considerations of starting a business by Malcolm Sadler of Henmans LLP, and they had the opportunity to be mentored by MBA consultants. Also, Julie Meyer, Founder CEO of Ariadne Capital, launched our Hilary Term Change Makers Speakers Series and shared with us her advice on what it takes to be a leading entrepreneur.

This week come along to the last Ideas2Market Workshop of the Term - Selling Skills for Entrepreneurs with John Thompson! Also, don't miss out on the opportunity to showcase your start-up in the OE Start-up Exhibition, spaces are quickly running out, so register now.

In this e-newsletter you will find information on our upcoming events,  the launch of the SBS Venture Fund Competition, and other great opportunities from our partners and sponsors.

Have an enterprising week!

Victoria Lennox
President 08/09

SPECIAL: EXHIBIT YOUR START UP FOR FREE

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 14th February 2009 @ 5:45pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

For the first time, Oxford Entrepreneurs will be hosting a Start-Up Exhibition for all of the innovative and buzzing companies within the organisation. All OE Members - students, alumni and external - can participate. This exhibition will give Oxford Entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their enterprises to the media, investors, consultants, students and of course, other budding entrepreneurs.

The Exhibition takes place during the Idea Idol 2009 Reception Gala on March 5, 2009 at the Said Business School

In order to participate, you must register your company and send a poster detailing your venture to ideas2market@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk. Click here to see the poster specifications. You can download a template of the poster here or see examples on this website. OE Will print your poster and display it at the exhibition, free of charge.

Exhibition poster documents are due by February 27, 2009 to ideas2market@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk.
There are only 40 spots, so be sure to register today.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to showcase your start-up!

Victoria Lennox
President 08/09

Wk 4 Reminder: Julie Meyer, Founder & CEO of Ariadne Capital Tomorrow at 6pm - DON'T MISS OUT!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Wednesday, 11th February 2009 @ 9:06am

February 12, 2009 - 6pm Said Business School, Click here to register.

Julie Meyer has 20 years of investment and advisory experience, helping start-up businesses and industry standards to emerge and establish themselves. As Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital, she has overall general and financial management responsibility for the group which she founded in August 2000. Ariadne is an investment and advisory firm focused on the Software and Services, New Media, Communications and Life Services sectors. Julie is well-known for founding First Tuesday, the largest global network of entrepreneurs, which many credit for igniting the Internet generation in Europe. It was sold for $50 million in cash in and shares in July 2000. Julie has raised hundreds of millions of capital for start-ups in addition to overseeing another $150 million of seed capital found for start-ups through First Tuesday. Named a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and one of the top 30 most powerful women in Europe according to the Wall Street Journal, Julie’s mission is to back the best entrepreneurs in Europe with global ambitions. She was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in October 2000 by Ernst & Young U.K.


Reminder: Dr. Ann Olivarius Tonight!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Monday, 9th February 2009 @ 3:56pm

February 9, 2009 – 7pm Said Business School

Please join the Social Enterprise OBN and StartingBloc UK in an evening celebrating social enterprise with Dr. Ann Olivarius. Dr. Olivarius is a graduate of Yale College ('77), Yale Law School ('86), Yale School of Management ('86) and holds a DPhil from Oxford University in Quantitative Economics ('90) where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Olivarius has run a medical foundation with estimated assets of $100 million and now serves as Senior Partner of McAllister Olivarius, an international legal and consulting enterprise with operations in the USA, Britain, Europe, Hong Kong and South Africa.
Dr. Olivarius serves on a number of Boards, including GenerationNext, and is the Chair of the Rhodes Project, which is the first in-depth study of women Rhodes Scholars. She has a truly inspirational story to share.

Email Vinay.Nagaraju@sbs.ox.ac.uk for inquiries. Simply show up!

 

Wk 3 Reminder: See you TONIGHT at the Creativity and Innovation Workshop

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Monday, 2nd February 2009 @ 7:53am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs!

We look forward to seeing you this evening at 6.30pm at the Oxford University Careers Service for the Creativity and Innovation workshop with Mike Skidmore. Please find information about this workshop below and please arrive early as there is limited space given the workshop-style nature of this event.

Enjoy the snow!

Victoria
President
Oxford Entrepreneurs

Ideas2Market - Creativity & Innovation Workshop
February 2, 2009 - 6:30pm University of Oxford Careers Service, 56 Banbury Rd.

There has never been a better time to build an ‘ideas’ culture. Mike Skidmore is what is known today as a ‘pluralist’, specialising in brand strategy and the employer brand, creative facilitation and coaching, and portrait painting. Mike believes that business cultures must be innovative and capable of change, and that creativity is no longer a luxury, it is an essential component of everyday business life - where those businesses that prosper will have a reputation for innovative solutions and be underpinned by an ‘ideas’ culture.

In this seminar, Mike draws on his experiences to explore the creative opportunities that exist within businesses, particularly in a recession, methodologies for development and overcoming barriers to success. With experience in many sectors, from the Investigating Innovative Ideas programme for the DTI, to blue chip retailers, education and cooperation initiatives for the UN, he has some interesting insights into making creativity work.  Attendees will explore new approaches to: develop and apply their creativity, get the best contributions from colleagues, and create an ‘ideas culture’ in the successful businesses they intend to create. Click here to register for the workshop.

Special: Idea Idol 2009 Deadline Tomorrow!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 31st January 2009 @ 11:14am

The deadline for Idea Idol 2009 is February 1, 2009 at 17:00 -  TOMORROW!

Be sure to visit www.ideaidol.com today for your chance to win £10,000 and many other prizes for your ideas. Please contact Jordan Poultan and Sarah Batty at ideaidol@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk for any questions.

Good luck Oxford Entrepreneurs!
 

Special - Green Festival on Climate Change - OE Members get in for FREE!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Tuesday, 20th January 2009 @ 2:34pm

The Intelligence Squared Green Festival on Climate Change
Sunday January 25 2009 – 10.45am-8.00pm
The Royal Geographical Society


Free tickets for members of Oxford Entrepreneurs! Quote 'iq2friend' in the promotional code box when booking on the festival website: http://www.iq2greenfestival.com/tickets

The Green Festival on Climate Change is a non-profit event to raise awareness and stimulate debate on all aspects of climate change and look at what we can do to tackle the challenges it presents.

Run by debating organization Intelligence Squared, this is a truly interactive event. Specialist speakers from around the world will take part in discussions and debates designed so the audience gets the chance to put them on the spot and ask the questions about global warming they long to have answered.

To learn more about the Festival and to see the itinerary, visit: http://iq2greenfestival.com/about. For more information call Harriet Earle on 020 7221 6356 / 0207 221 9080 / 07968 940084 or email info@iq2greenfestival.com.

Wk 8: A Holiday Affair and Loads of Other Wonderful Opportunities!

E-mail sent by David Mok, Monday, 19th January 2009 @ 6:54am

Dear Members,

With the last week of the term approaching, OE is more than ever committed to bringing you high-quality entrepreneurship-related events. Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford which kicked off last Sunday and continued on Monday gave us the chance to learn from Change Makers from Silicon Valley. The week was also highlighted by a great turn out for Into the Dragon's Den event. Thank you to everyone who came out to interact with our panel of knowledgeable experts discussing the myriad of ways to land investment funding for your next venture.

To mark the end of a very successful term, we invite all our members to A Holiday Affair this Tuesday night with the OE committee at the the Bridge. Click here to get on the OE VIP list.

Although this is the last newsletter of the term, it does not fail to deliver some of the most exciting opportunities for entrepreneurship aficionados. Over the break, keep building up your business ideas and stay tuned for our programming next term and the Launch of Idea Idol 2009!

David Mok
Marketing Director

Special from OXCEI: Nutshell Seminar "Biological viruses - The Diseases that Plague the Earth", Dec. 9th, 5.45pm

E-mail sent by David Mok, Monday, 19th January 2009 @ 6:54am

Dear OE Members,

We are pleased to invite you to the next Nutshell Seminar on "Biological viruses – The Diseases that Plague the Earth" which will be taking place on December 9th 2008, at 5.45pm in the Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre, Saïd Business School.

Come and hear three leading academics from Oxford University discuss the progress being made in understanding infectious diseases caused by viruses and explore the ways in which this knowledge could be used to halt their spread.

Further information can be found in the attached leaflet.

In case of interest, please register through the following link:

http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/Biological+Viruses+in+a+Nutshell.htm

We look forward to seeing you on December 9th.

The OxCEI Team

P.S. Apologies for cross-posting!
 

SPECIAL: GET READY FOR IDEA IDOL 2009!

E-mail sent by David Mok, Monday, 19th January 2009 @ 6:54am


Idea Idol is the flagship ideas competition run by Oxford Entrepreneurs. This year, we are giving away up to £10,000 and many other prizes for your ideas! We would like to invite you to the Idea Idol Information Session on January 22, 2009 to learn about the competition and to hear from last year’s winners, and join us afterwards for the Idea Idol 2009 Launch Party for free drinks, dancing and prizes! It's going to be a night to remember!

The deadline for Idea Idol 2009 Entries is February 1, 2009 at 17:00. Click here for more information on Idea Idol 2009 and to submit your entry. For questions abut the competition, contact the Idea Idol Directors, Jordan Poulton and Sarah Batty at ideaidol@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk.

Idea Idol 2009 is proudly sponsored by: The Big Oxford Computer Company, Cobra Beer, Credit Suisse, The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henmans LLP, Cmypitch.com, Octopus Ventures and Purple Media.


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