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Wk 4: Sir Tom Hunter, Idea Idol...

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Monday, 4th February 2008 @ 10:39am

Dear OE member,

Today don't miss Sir Tom Hunter who will be coming to speak about his amazing story and his pledge to give away a billion pounds in venture philanthropy. More details below.

Also Idea Idol is hotting up. The contestants have been narrowed down to the final 6 and the final is almost here. Sunday saw us film the promotional video so watch this space for more news!



E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Monday, 28th January 2008 @ 3:36pm

6:45pm registration for 7pm start
Said Business School (next to train station)

Come and hear this inspirational speaker TONIGHT at the business school. Join us for FREE food and drink afterwards and chat with other OE members.

John Bird, was a poor boy, orphan, thief, inmate, artist and poet before going on to found the ground-breaking social initiative that is The Big Issue. Since the inception of The Big Issue in 1991, John has overseen its development into the UK’s most successful social enterprise, stretching from Tokyo to Totnes and helping thousands of homeless people worldwide.

John has become an authority on motivation and the ascendancy to achievement. Amongst the places he has spoken are the UN in New York, Nairobi and Istanbul, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. Come and see him talk to Oxford Entrepreneurs.

Sign up now! http://www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk/index.php?s=john+bird

Wk 3: John Bird, Sir Tom Hunter, Join the OE Committee...

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Sunday, 27th January 2008 @ 8:31pm

Dear All,

Our two forthcoming speakers demonstrate different approaches to social change. John Bird set up the Big Issue as a model of how a social business, as opposed to a charity, can be a solution to homelessness and social exclusion. Sir Tom Hunter has pledged to give away over £1 billion of his fortune through The Hunter Foundation. This uses adventure philanthropy to invest in capital and intellect to tackle the root causes of societal problems through holistic and systemic interventions. Come and judge for yourself the effectiveness of these approaches and hear their amazing stories.

There is still time to apply for the OE committee, see below to apply for a position in one of the most dynamic committees in Oxford.

All the best,

Wk 2: John Bird, Social Enterprise, Join Us!

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Sunday, 20th January 2008 @ 11:34pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneur,

A panel discussion on social enterprise, a talk from John Bird - founder of the Big Issue, and a stall at the Alternative Careers Fair. Never before has there been so much buzz about social enterprise in Oxford. Social enterprises simply use the power of business to change social situations for the better. Learn what it is all about at the Oxhub discussion, get inspired by John Bird and act at the Alternative Careers Fair.

Don't forget the deadline for committee applications is drawing close, see below to apply for a position in one of the most dynamic committees in Oxford.

Please send any Items for the newsletter to president@oxfordentreprenurs.co.uk.


Wk 1: Welcome back! Join the Committee, Models of Sustainable Change, FLUX, EPIC, Enternships

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Monday, 14th January 2008 @ 5:57pm

Welcome back,

Oxford Entrepreneurs has an action packed line-up of events for you this term. Speakers include John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, and Sir Tom Hunter, billionaire philanthropist. Idea Idol's glitzy 6th week final is set to give away £10,000 and be the entertainment event of the term. We also are also working to confirm Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Smoothies and Tim Smit, the visionary behind The Eden Project.

Check out our term card and sign-up now!

Want to get more involved? See below to apply for a position in one of the most dynamic committees in Oxford.

If you have any enterprise related items you would like to add to the newsletter please send them to president@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk

See you at an event soon!
Alasdair and the OE Committee

Wk 10: Vacation Special

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Tuesday, 11th December 2007 @ 4:04pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneur,

Term has ended and work settled for Christmas, however OE keeps on buzzing.

Entries have just closed for Idea Idol, with over 100 ingenious business concepts submitted. Good luck to all entrants, the shortlisted 25 will be announced before Christmas and asked to submit a 1000 word executive summary. For more details check out www.ideaidol.com.

Enternships opportunities galore below, also another chance to turn your business ideas into prizes with uuni.com.

Have a great vacation,

Idea Idol - last chance to enter

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Sunday, 9th December 2007 @ 11:23am

Don't forget, the final deadline for Idea Idol entries is midnight TONIGHT.

Your 100 word business idea will set you on the path to winning up to £25,000.

Enter as many ideas as you like at www.ideaidol.com

Newsflash: Idea Idol Deadline Extended

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Tuesday, 4th December 2007 @ 8:30am

Dear OE Member,

Due to popular demand the deadline for Idea Idol submissions has been extended until midnight at the end of Sunday 9th December.

Your 100 word business idea will set you on the path to winning up to £25,000.

As as many ideas as you like at www.IdeaIdol.com!

Have a good vacation!
— The OE team

Wk 8: Idea Idol Deadline / EPIC 2008/ 7 new Enternships

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Thursday, 29th November 2007 @ 5:52am

Dear All,

Welcome to 8th week! Have you entered Idea Idol yet? With the deadline for entries fast approaching this Sunday, you've really got nothing to lose - it all starts with only a 100 word business idea and you could win up to £25,000.

Enter ideas online now at www.IdeaIdol.com

Still looking for something to keep you busy over the Christmas
vacation? Then check out the latest Enternship opportunities below.

Cya in the new year,

Wk 7: Idea Idol / Christmas Dinner / Biz Awards / Cisco Contest / Team Members Wanted

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Wednesday, 21st November 2007 @ 6:17pm

Dear OEer,

The past week has been a phenomenal one. It started with enterprise week and ended with Silicon Valley comes to Oxford. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Don't forget entries are open for Idea Idol. The road to money, fame and glory begins with only 100 words - everyone should enter! Also there are a few spaces available for the Christmas dinner with Gary Frank, founder of The Fabulous Bakin' Boys! Check it out below.

Cya soon,

Wk 6 Update: Idea Idol / Silicon Valley comes to Oxford / Christmas Dinner

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Friday, 16th November 2007 @ 12:03pm

Dear Member,

Thought you might be interested in these three incredible items so we have compiled them into a special mid-week blast.


Wk 6: **Enterprise Week**: Too much to summarise, you just have to read it!

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Monday, 12th November 2007 @ 6:11am

Dear OE Member,

Welcome to Enterprise Week!

This newsletter is packed with incredible events taking place over the coming week. Read carefully so you can make the most of it as there are some opportunities not to be missed.

Highlights include:

  • Idea Idol launch - Mon/Tue » Our flagship business idea competition - find out more!
  • Jerry Sanders "Something from Nothing" - Thurs/Fri » Tech start-up pro instills knowledge
  • Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford - 19th » Legends of the valley converge in Oxford

Over 3000 events are being held this week, see www.enterpriseweek.org
for details.

Thanks to Charles Dunstone for coming last week to inspire us with his experiences of starting the Carphone Warehouse.

Have a good week,

Unipreneurs Want to Give £20k to a Student Entrepreneur

Posted by Andy Young, Monday, 12th November 2007 @ 6:11am

  • The Unipreneur Awards are designed to recognise the growing number of students starting up their own business whilst studying at university. Deadline is Friday 23 November.

    Apply! www.unipreneurs.hsbc.co.uk

Seedcamp Winners Talk - This Thursday

Posted by Andy Young, Monday, 12th November 2007 @ 6:11am

  • Thursday 15th November, 6pm.
    London Bridge

    Winners of Seedcamp 2007 will share their secrets with young aspiring entrepreneurs on how they made their mark.


Disruptive Capital Partners

Posted by Andy Young, Monday, 12th November 2007 @ 6:11am

  • Are conducting a contest to find publicly traded companies with the best disruptive investment value, prize fund is $50,000. Just submit a 5-page paper by Nov 26th, explaining why a company is disruptive and why it's a good investment.

    www.DisruptiveCapitalPartners.com for more details.

Wk 5: Charles Dunstone / Idea Idol / Much More!

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Tuesday, 6th November 2007 @ 3:17am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneur,

Exciting times. This Wednesday we bring you Charles Dunstone - the inspirational founder of The Carphone Warehouse. Next week sees the launch of Idea Idol, our flagship business idea competition. Also our community platform on YouNoodle is buzzing with over 250 active entrepreneurs showing off their projects!

"They are an inspirational crowd - young and full of ideas and energy. If they and their like can sustain a decent level of enthusiasm, then we will still have a worthwhile enterprise economy in a few decades' time." - Luke Johnson, Chairman, Channel 4, Sunday Telegraph


***OE community online - sign up!***

E-mail sent by Alasdair Bell, Wednesday, 31st October 2007 @ 2:27pm

Dear OE Member,

We've created an exclusive network on YouNoodle.com for our current and alumni members to connect with each other and discover the hottest projects, ideas and opportunities in Oxford!

To sign up, click here:

If you're looking to get involved with the next Google, or you have your own project already, get on it! But hurry as we'll be featuring the top profiles and projects on the OE site starting from this week!

Happening on the network right now:

  • 132 OE members have already posted 339 projects
  • The founders of HotOrNot and Friendster just joined!!!
  • Angel Investor Alex Hoye is looking for 3 interns to help him find and assess deals
  • Incoming MBA Dheeraj Saxena is looking for engineers and advice on filing a patent
  • Avot Media are looking for people who are interested in online video

Fill out your profile and be sure to add who you've worked with to each of your
projects and companies. The most active members and projects in the network will be showcased on the Oxford Entrepreneurs website.

See you online!
- The OE Team

Wk 4: Charles Dunstone (Carphone Warehouse) / Deutsche Bank Open House / Biz Startup Show

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Monday, 29th October 2007 @ 4:30pm

Dear Oxford Entrepreneur,

Last week saw the start of six enterprises through our Start-A-Company scheme. Look out for a media based social enterprise, secret events planning and import/export wheeler dealing amongst others! Thanks to David Langer, ClickUni co-founder, for coming to share his experiences. Check his blog at http://davidlanger.co.uk.

This week Start-A-Company continues and we bring you the founder of The Carphone Warehouse, Charles Dunstone on Wednesday of 5th week.


Imperial Entrepreneurs Launch

  • Tuesday, 23rd October 2007 at 8pm

    Where: Imperial College, London
    When: This Tuesday from 6:00pm

    Imperial launches…

Wk 3:

E-mail sent by Andy Young, Tuesday, 23rd October 2007 @ 5:11am

Dear Oxford Entrepreneur,

Thanks to all who came and made our first Start-A-Company event a huge success! Over 100 people who came to see Levi talk of his experiences slaying dragons and selling sauce in Sainsbury's. Missed out? Don't worry, you can come this Wednesday at 6:45pm and join one of the teams, see below for more details and sign up.

Otherwise check out all the exciting entrepreneurial activity below including new Enternships and the opportunity to hear from our sponsors Deutsche Bank next Monday at Freuds.

Cya on Wednesday

Oxford Entrepreneurs

Networks: Oxford University, NACUE

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