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HT Wk 1: Idea Idol Launch / Life's a Pitch Workshop / OE Recruitment

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

Welcome Back! With a new term dawning upon us, OE is back with the high quality opportunities that you have come to expect.

This term we bring you Idea Idol 2009, three great Ideas2Market workshops, and three nationally renowned entrepreneurs for our Change Makers Speakers Series - Julie Meyer, Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital and Founder of First Tuesday; Brent Hoberman, Founder & CEO of Lastminute.com and MyDeco; and, James Caan, CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, Serial Entrepreneur and a Dragon on 'The Dragon's Den TV series. SIFE Oxford and OxWIB have some great events coming up! Click here for the OE Hilary 2009 Term Card with all of the exciting events coming up this term. Be sure to check out the event details on our website and tell your friends!

On January 22nd we are launching Idea Idol, our flagship ideas competition where we give away £10,000  for your ideas! Click here to come along to the Information Session, get a free gift, and learn how you can become the 2009 Idea Idol. The deadline for entries is February 1st. Visit www.ideaidol.com for more information.

On January 27th, come along to the Ideas2Market workshop, 'Life's a Pitch' with Rob Geraghty to learn how to effectively pitch your business, your ideas, and really yourself.  Click here to register for the pitch session.

This newsletter is jam-packed with opportunities from our sponsors and partners! If you have any comments on our events, programming or anything related to OE, drop our President Victoria Lennox a line at victoria@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk. Have a great Term!

Signing out,
David Mok
OE Marketing Director

Wk 8: A Holiday Affair - Time Change

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Monday, 1st December 2008 @ 4:04pm

The Bridge, 8-10pm - Hythe Brige Street, Oxford

Join the OE Commitee for a Night at the Bridge! In celebration of our first term's success, the Oxford Entrepreneurs Commitee would like to invite you to a festive drinks evening at the Bridge on Tuesday, Decemeber 2nd from 8-10pm. Join our guest list, and wile away the hours with jump-the-queue passes and exclusive entry into the VIP section.

Come for subsidised OE Cocktails and arrive by 8:30pm to jump the queue!

Click here to get on the guest list!

Special - Flying Start Programme for Software Entrepreneurs - Deadline TOMORROW

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Sunday, 30th November 2008 @ 10:35am

Flying Start Programme for Software Entrepreneurs - Deadline TOMORROW

The Flying Start Programme for Software Entrepreneurs is the first programme of its kind specifically for final year students, post-graduates and graduates/alumni who are planning to start a software-related or web-based business.

The programme will help participants to start their business within 12 months. It is also open to those who have been trading for less than 12 months and it will aim to help participants grow their business. The programme is free for final year university students and recent graduates (of up to 5 years) from any degree at any level, and any age
(full-time or part-time).

The programme is completely free and includes: A 3 day residential course where participants will acquire business skills, build their network, and be introduced to Microsoft experts and entrepreneurs. The residential will be held 16, 17, 18 December, 2008 at Wokefield Manor, Reading (food and accommodation for participants is included). Personalised 1-2-1 mentoring - support and guidance for 12 months. Focused follow up meetings where participants can receive further help.

There are 30 places available, deadline for applications is 1st December 2008 but places will be offered before this date to any application that meets the required standard and therefore we expect the places to be filled before this date, so get your application in as soon as possible.

Just go to http://www.flyingstartonline.com/fsprogrammes/upcoming/ to apply. For more information or to chat about whether or not this Flying Start Programme is right for you please call the Programme Director, Lorna Collins on 07595 264 108 or email lorna.collins@ncge.org.uk or contact David Benson at david.benson@ncge.org.uk or on 0121 503 2234.

SPECIAL: Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Thursday, 20th November 2008 @ 9:11am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,

Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford kicks off this Sunday with an Oxford Union debate at 8:30pm; no registration required. Please simply turn up early to secure a seat in the debating chamber of St.Michael Street.

It continues on Monday 24th November and there are still places available for you to attend specific “Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford” sessions on Monday 24th November. The following afternoon sessions are still available and please register via the following link in order to receive further instructionsto secure a place: www.sbs.oxford.edu/events/SVCO08

FIRST AFTERNOON SESSION

2pm to 3:15pm

A: Philip Rosedale, Founder and Chairman of Second Life

B: Pat House, Co-founder of Siebel (acquired by Oracle)

C: The Garage: TWITTER

Interactive session enabling you to create innovative solutions and recommendations for a “real life” innovation challenge faced by a Silicon Valley or European company. IMAGINE A PHYSICAL DEVICE DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR TWITTER.

SECOND AFTERNOON SESSION

3:45pm to 5pm

A: Innovation beyond Silicon Valley Masterclass Panel

Julie Meyer, CEO founder of Ariadne Capital and Co-founder of First Tuesday
Giles Andrews, MD and Co-founder of Zopa
Torsten Reil, CEO co-founder of Natural Motion
Reshma Sohoni, CEO Seedcamp

B. Medical Innovation Masterclass

Jerry Sanders of San Francisco Science

C. Es. E-commerce

Pete Flint of Trulia

D. The Garage: YOUNOODLE

Interactive session enabling you to create innovative solutions and recommendations for a “real life” innovation challenge faced by a Silicon Valley company.How would you monetize YouNoodle? We will need to start revenue in 12-24 months and there are many types of products we could create. Would be fun and interesting to explore those and maybe here of some we hadn't thought of. Imagine that YouNoodle becomes a ubiquitous scoring system for the start up industry, what will this look like? How will the scores be most useful? Exactly where and when do you see the scores being used? Currently our two main scoring tools are Team Score (assessing the quality and potential of the team) and Buzz Score (showing how the world has responded to the start up).

FINALLY, if you would like to attend the Monday evening keynote panel, “The Universe, the Brain and Second Life” with Philip Rosedale, Founder of Second Life; Baroness Susan Greenfield, Oxford Neuroscientist and Elon Musk, CEO founder of Space X, Chairman of Tesla Motors and Co-founder of PayPal, register via the link attached: http://www.science-enterprise.ox.ac.uk/html/activities_event_details.asp?eventid=304

Best regards,

Afua

Ms Afua Osei
Head of Programmes
Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Said Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Oxford OX1 1HP
Tel: 01865 288958
Fax: 01865 288805
www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/entrepreneurship

Wk 5: Tim Smit - CEO and Co-Founder of the Eden Projec

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Monday, 10th November 2008 @ 8:18pm

Tim Smit - CEO and Co-Founder of the Eden Project
Oxford Entrepreneurs Green Enterprise Series

November 12, 2008, 12:15-2pm
SBS, Nelson Mandela Theatre

Tim Smit is the CEO and Co-Founder of the award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000. Since then more than 8 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavor. Eden has contributed £800 million into the Cornish economy. Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business best practice and the citizenship values of the future.

Click here to register to see Tim Smit

Wk 5: Tim Smit / Ideas2Market Bootcamp / Sue Stockdale

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Saturday, 8th November 2008 @ 9:05pm

Dear Member,

First off, thank you to everyone who joined us to see Lord Bilimoria, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer. This is what Lord Bilimoria had to say: "Having been involved as a Founding Patron of Oxford Entrepreneurs from day one, this year I really felt everything had stepped up a gear and literally had gone from being "good (very good) to great!".

Moreover, congratulations to Oxford Women in Business for their successful launch with Essie Weingarten, Founder and CEO of Essie Cosmetics last week and to Students in Free Enterprise who have launched five projects for the year.

I am delighted to invite all OE members to join us this Wednesday at 12:15 to see Tim Smit, Co-Founder and CEO of the Eden Project speak at the Nelson Mandela Theatre. Be sure to register, as seating is limited.

Last, not not least, congratulations to the 40 entrepreneurs selected for OE's first ever Ideas2Market Bootcamp. We look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday morning.

See you on Wednesday!

Victoria!

Wk 4: Octopus Ventures Start-up Clinic ~ two appointments left

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Thursday, 6th November 2008 @ 2:09am

Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinics
November 7, 2008, 12:30-2:00pm
SBS, Cafe

There are two appointments still available for this week's Octopus Ventures start-up clinic on Friday, November 7, 2008. At these clinics, OE Members have the rare opportunity to come face to face with an Investment Manager from Octopus Ventures at the Said Business School for a 30 minute meeting.

If you have a start-up and are considering raising investment, or if you just want guidance on next steps, book yourself a place at the next Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinic.

Register here to book a place at the Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinic

Ideas2Market Bootcamp - Deadline *Tomorrow*

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Sunday, 2nd November 2008 @ 4:50pm

Dear Member,

This is just a reminder that applications to participate in the Ideas2Market BOOTCAMP are due by 5pm tomorrow. The BOOTCAMP - an intensive one-day workshop that will provide you with everything you need to know to start your venture. The BOOTCAMP is run by Business Boffins and the Ideas2Market Team and it is sponsored by Octopus Ventures, Deutsche Bank, Business Link, Cmypitch.com and Linklaters.

Whether you are a serial entrepreneur, have an idea that you want to launch into a venture or are just interested in entrepreneurship, the BOOTCAMP is for you. We are searching for enthusiastic new recruits who believe that they have what it takes to be the next Richard Branson or Anita Roddick.

The Bootcamp takes place on November 12, 2008 from 9:15am-5:15pm at the Said Business School with a keynote address by Tim Smit of the Eden Project. Recruits get a Start-up pack and a BOOTCAMP shirt. There are only 40 places for the BOOTCAMP.

Click here to apply and tell us why you should be selected to attend the 2008 Oxford Entrepreneurs BOOTCAMP. The deadline for applications is TOMORROW - November 3, 2008.

Wk 3: JOIN Oxford Women in Business (OxWIB) today!

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Thursday, 30th October 2008 @ 3:45pm

Dear Members,

OE is launching Oxford Women in Business and running the Enterprising Women Series designed to empower enterprising young women of Oxford University to expand and sharpen their understanding of business and entrepreneurship. If you want the skills to become a future leader; a platform where students can openly address issues concerning women in the business world; increased career opportunities and education; and, networking opportunities and education; and, networking opportunities, then OxWIB is for you.

Click here to become an official member of OxWIB and be part of a dynamic community of some of the most enterprising and innovative women at the University of Oxford. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact oxwib@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk.

We also invite you to join us in our launch of OxWIB and the Enterprising Women's Series with Essie Weingarten, Founder and CEO of a $150 million cosmetic empire.

Thank you,

Sarah Batty
OxWIB President

Wk 3: LORD KARAN BILIMORIA & FREE COBRA BEER

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Tuesday, 28th October 2008 @ 7:43am

LORD KARAN BILIMORIA - FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF COBRA BEER
FREE Cobra Beer Drinks Reception
Chance to Win a Private Dinner with Lord Bilimoria & the OE Committee

October 29, 2008, 6:45-8:30pm
Rhodes Trust Theatre, SBS
FREE Cobra Beer Reception Following

Join us for an evening with Lord Karan Bilimoria, an entrepreneur best known as the Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer. He received the Bachelor of Commerce degree from Osmania University in 1981. He founded Cobra Beer in 1989, aiming to create a less gassy lager more suitable for drinking with curry and other foods. In 1999, the company diversified into wine, and as of 2006 has a turnover of £96 million at retail value. In 2005, he became Chancellor of Thames Valley University — the United Kingdom’s youngest university chancellor at the time and in 2006, he was chosen as a cross-bench life peer with the title Baron Bilimoria, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, becoming the first-ever Parsi in the House of Lords.

Come hear him speak about his experience as an entrepreneur and learn from his advice on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in a turbulant economic climate. Come enjoy a delicious bottle of Cobra Beer and enter a raffle to join Lord Bilimoria and the OE Committee for a private dinner after the drinks reception.

Register here to see Lord Karan Bilimoria on October 29, 2008

See you on Wednesday!

Victoria

Wk 3: SIFE / LORD KARAN BILIMORIA - FREE COBRA BEER / IDEAS2MARKET BOOTCAMP

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Sunday, 26th October 2008 @ 11:10pm

Dear Members,

We've gotten off to a great start this year! Over 130 people came out to see Tim Campbell, winner of the Apprentice and Founder of the Bright Ideas Trust speak of his experiences and share his insights on what it means to be an entrepreneneur. Missed out? Don't worry, you can join us this Wednesday at 6:45pm to see Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer and join us for a beer reception afterwards!

Also, thank you to everyone who attended the Ideas2Market Team Building and Brainstorming Workshop with Professor Russell Smith from Business Boffins and David Langer from Grouspaces. This is what Russell Smith had to say: "... I get involved with quite a few events like this and I can say that your event was one of the best ones that I have attended.  The 'buzz' in the air was clearly apparent and I think this bodes well for the success of your initiative." If you missed out, click here to download the resources and guidelines for Ideas2Market. Just a reminder that the deadline for the Start it up in a day BOOTCAMP is November 3, 2008. Apply now and tell us why you should be one of the 40 entrepreneurs chosen for the BOOTCAMP.

This e-newsletter is packed with some great upcoming events from SIFE, Oxford Brookes Business Society, Deutsche Bank and other OE partners and sponsors.

See you on Wednesday!

Victoria

Wk 3: Students in Free Enterprise Orientation

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Friday, 24th October 2008 @ 10:24pm

Students in Free Enterprise Orientation
October 27, 2008, 7-9pm
SBS

SIFE is about giving yourself the edge, both as an entrepreneur and as someone applying for a graduate job. It is an international business competition in which student teams set up socially and environmentally sustainable projects which help the disadvantaged. Your projects are then judged against 1600 universities all around the world. Success brings free world travel, job offers, and the knowledge that you’ve changed people’s lives. Nurture your leadership skills, business experience or teamwork abilities in free training weekends at hotels. Most importantly though, SIFE gives you the framework, support and opportunities to create something that can change the lives of the disadvantaged, a feeling that will last with you forever. To learn more about SIFE and to make a difference, attend the SIFE Orientation.

Register here to book a place at the SIFE Orientation

Wk 2: Octopus Ventures Start-Up Clinic

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Tuesday, 21st October 2008 @ 1:06pm

Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinics
October 24, 2008, 10am-2pm
SBS, Cafe

OE Members have the rare opportunity to come face to face with an Investment Manager from Octopus Ventures during fortnightly Entrepreneur Start-up Clinics at the Said Business School. If you have a start-up and are considering raising investment, or if you just want guidance on next steps, book yourself a place at the next Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinic

Register here to book a place at the Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinic

Wk 2: Ideas2Market Team Building and Brainstorming Workshop

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Tuesday, 21st October 2008 @ 1:03pm

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October 22, 2008, 18:00-20:00

Said Business School, Seminar Room A

Have you ever thought of becoming your own boss by becoming an entrepreneur? Do you want to start paving the way for your first million?

In partnership with Business Boffins, OE is launching a NEW Ideas2Market Programme that can provide you with the knowledge and skills to begin a venture while in university. On October 22 at 18:00 at the SBS come participate in the Ideas2Market Ideas Brainstorming and Team Building Workshop and:

  • Gain insights into the benefits and realities of being an entrepreneur by Dr. Russell Smith, MD of Business Boffins
  • Learn about how OE Ideas2Market Programme can help you to bring your ideas to fruition
  • Network and team up with some of the most innovative students in the UK; and,
  • Hear from the OE company GroupSpaces about their OE start-up experience.

Register here to attend the Ideas2Market Team Building Workshop

Wk 2: TIM CAMPBELL - Winner of the Apprentice / Ideas2Market Launch / Octopus Ventures Clinic

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Sunday, 19th October 2008 @ 7:58am

Dear OE Members,

It was great to meet so many of you at the OE Enterprising Affair Freshers Launch last Tuesday. The Living Room was simply buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas. The Ideas2Market Presentation Skills Workshop by serial entrepreneur Simon Henderson (Bain Partner) provided us all with some excellent insights into the the life of an entrepreneur and some great tips on how to make effective presentations and pitches!

If you missed out, your next opportunity to get involved is on Monday at the keynote launch of Ideas2Market with Tim Campbell, winner of the Apprentice and Founder of the Bright Ideas Trust - speaking on It all Starts with an Idea and then an Ideas2Market Team Building Brainstorming Workshop on Wednesday with Business Boffins.

The deadline for committee positions is next Friday so apply now! Also in this newsletter are several other entrepreneurial opportunities and messages from our partners and sponsors.

See you on Monday!

Victoria

Octopus Ventures Entrepreneur Start-Up Clinic

  • Friday, 24th October 2008 at 11am - 3pm, Friday, 7th November 2008 at 10am - 2pm, Friday, 21st November 2008 at 10am - 2pm, Friday, 5th December 2008 at 10am - 2pm
    Location: Said Business School Café

    OE Members have the rare opportunity to come one on one with an Investment Manager from Octopus…

Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder & CEO of Cobra Beer

  • Wednesday, 29th October 2008 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Rhodes Trust Theatre, Said Business School

    Lord Karan Bilimoria, is an entrepreneur and is best known as the founder and chairman of Cobra…

Wk 2: JOIN THE OE ALUMNI NETWORK

E-mail sent by Victoria Lennox, Saturday, 18th October 2008 @ 12:20pm

Dear Members,

Have you recently graduated or will you be graduating this year? If so, be sure to join the OE Alumni Network so that you can continue to take advantage of OE programming and be part of a dynamic and innovative network of some of the most enterprising young entrepreneurs in the UK.

This year we are launching a programme for all alumni of Oxford Entrepreneurs. Once people leave Oxford, they often fall out of contact with OE - we want to change that starting now. Oliver Bridge, OE's Alumni Officer, has some exciting initiatives planned, including a London launch networking event in 2009.

Click here
to become part of the OE Alumni Network and contact alumni@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk if you have questions or would like to help us build our Alumni Initiative.

All the best,

Victoria Lennox
2008/09 President

Freshers Party: "An Enterprising Affair" / Bain Presentation Skills Workshop / Join the OE Team!

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Monday, 13th October 2008 @ 5:29am

Dear OE Member,

Welcome back to Oxford Entrepreneurs - the most dynamic and exciting society at the University of Oxford!

This year is packed jam packed with exciting events. Get inspired by some of the world’s top entrepreneurs and innovators, learn from our workshops led by leading practitioners, connect with like-minded individuals at our lavish social events, run a company while you study with our new Ideas2Market programme, win up to £10,000 in our flagship Idea Idol competition, and get the support and advice you need, all entirely for FREE.

In Michaelmas Term we will bring you Tim Campbell, winner of the Apprentice and Founder of the Bright Ideas Trust; Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder and CEO of Cobra Beer; and, Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project. We are also launching an Ideas2Market programme to provide you with the knowledge and skills to begin a business while at university and are proud to be launching Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Oxford Women in Business (OxWIB).

Check out www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk or the attached Term Card for more details on OE's Michaelmas Term activites and come along to our Freshers Launch - "An Enterprising Affair" - at the Living Room, Oxford Castle, Tomorrow, Tuesday 14th October from 7:30-9:30pm

Victoria
OE President 08/09

"I wish there were something like this when I was studying" - Lord Karan Bilmoria, Founder, Cobra Beer

An Enterprising Affair

  • Tuesday, 14th October 2008 at 8:30pm - 10:30pm
    Location: The Living Room (1 Oxford Castle)

    Tomorrow, Tuesday 14th October, 7:30-9:30pm
    The Living Room, 1 Oxford Castle


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