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E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 10th April 2014 @ 9:46pm

Hello to all,

As we head into the final term of this academic year, there is still much OE hopes to accomplish.  We respect the fact that many students will be preparing for exams and as such we'd like to get more volunteers but at a lower level of commitment.  Below is a summary of some of the things we are working on.  Please reply to this email if you are interested in becoming a part of our team at any level!

Events - 
OE Fort launch event – This would be sometime in mid-May.  We’d like to get one or two tech related guest speakers.  It would have a budget of £1000 to £1,500.  If people think a party would be better, we could do that instead.  I’m open to a wide range of ideas.  OE Fort is an online marketplace for entrepreneurial-minded people.  It’s like a classifieds/social network for entrepreneurs.  The MVP will be circulated around before the end of April.  I need someone to organize this event (take the lead).

Master-class day – This will be a one day event that has the following classes: SEIS (5-6pm), Software Dev APIs (6:15 to 7:15), IP Patents, trademarks, and copyrights (7:30 to 8:30).  I have instructors for the former and latter but will be looking for specialists with a fond understanding of the Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter APIs; this will not be a technical class but rather a class on functionalities and possibilities.  I’d expect to have this in later May or early June.  I need someone to help organize this (with me).

Webtech Startup Contest Awards Ceremony – This will be a two stream contest for 1) ideas that need web development for the MVP or 2) startups that need web dev to reach their next large project iteration.  We already procured £10K in web development in-kind support but are looking to get more: more in-kind support and hopefully a cash award too.  We have google campus reserved for Jun 23rd.  OE is organizing this, but our intent is to get the award amount up high enough to incentivise inter-university participation.  This coincides with our goal of increasing external connectivity discussed below.  We are looking for volunteers to help organize the awards ceremony event (invite speakers, promote, etc), and find sponsorship.

External/Internal Relations – Trying to spread our brand beyond Oxford is going to be a big priority for me this term.  I will be working closely with Julie Shah (Head of External Relations) in trying to develop strong ties with other societies.  We are looking for outgoing people to help reach out to society leaders.  There will also be a budget for traveling to various societies in the London area to meet and have lunch/coffee with said leaders.  The intent will be to better understand how we might partner with them and to also pitch some OE programmes, tools, etc that could be of value to them.

I’m looking for a Head of Internal Relations to do the above but within the Oxford area and concerning Oxford based societies/organizations.

OE success stories and alumni outreach – There’s been a significant void in the OE fabric for quite some time now: the lack of a consolidation of OE success stories/spin-outs…though there are many!  I’m looking for a volunteer/s to head a research/investigative journalism project.  This would entail the volunteer going all the way back to the founder, Fiona Ried, in 2001, to current day.  I would give the project manager access to numerous documents, contact information, and relevant social networks for the purpose of reaching out to prior OE members (committee or regular) for short interviews that could be conducted personally or by email, skype, phone, etc.  These brief meetings would be preceded by some initial research.

Here’s just one of many examples of on an OE alum you’d be reporting on:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/28/yc-alum-gocardless-raises-another-7m-aims-to-be-the-stripe-of-direct-debit-payments/

I think this is truly a wonderful opportunity for someone to be personally responsible for fixing the currently weak-ties network between OE and its alumni.  In addition, it’s a great networking opportunity.  I am looking for a self-starter that can take a plethora of raw material and resources and run with it.

I’ve already started to populate a spreadsheet which I will give you.

Sponsorship – It’s that time of year where the larger companies allot funds for expenditures like us.  This will be a busy time and the vice president and I will need some help reaching out and negotiating with potential sponsors; a wonderful learning and networking opportunity.

Internship programme – This is where we, in partnership with OBX, organize the collaboration of college/A-level students (and sometimes uni students) with local entrepreneurs.  It was hugely successful this past summer and we already have a significant number of students and entrepreneurs signing up for this summer.  I’m looking for someone to lead this programme.  It is a great opportunity to get involved with the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem and in a more philanthropic sense.  This programme has been a win-win for everyone and organizing it this year will be greatly appreciated by many.  We are looking for two types of volunteers: 1) someone to organize it before it takes place (July) and 2) anybody who will be around during the summer at all to help assist.

Please reply to john.stringfellow@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk


The European exchange programme for entrepreneurs

E-mail sent by James May, Friday, 28th March 2014 @ 3:40pm

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm.

Learn more here.

Wk XXX:

E-mail sent by James May, Wednesday, 12th March 2014 @ 6:58pm

 

Entrepreneurship summer program: from idea to an initial tech start-up in 15 days 
European Innovation Academy (EIA) is a high-profile extreme start-up accelerator developed in cooperation with 50 professors from universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Denmark Technical University and 40 international experts from companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Rovio Angrybirds and Amadeus, taking place between 7-25 July 2014 in Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France. 
During the program's 15 intensive innovating days, students will develop the skills needed to turn an innovative idea into a successful start-up, while spending weekends in innovation hot-spots like Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Corsica. The program is built on competition between start-up teams who compete for the prize money (30 000€). The ground funding is given to teams by international investors and business angels who evaluate their ideas and help them to progress to the next level. Website can be found here.

 
EIA next event – Nice, Sophia-Antipolis

› 400 students from 40 different countries 
› Strong focus on ICT in the area of health, travel, multimedia and video games 
› Unique educational sessions: Big Data Business Models, Future of Cloud Computing 
› Professors and speakers from leading US, European, and Asian universities 
› Mentors and experts from world class companies and venture capital firms 
› Start-up atmosphere in European high tech valley - Sophia Antipolis 
› Hands-on technology labs (3D printing, Kinect Olympics, DNA and Innovation)

There will be an informal session led by the programme organisers this Thursday, March 13th, between 11:00 and 14:00 at Starbucks on Cornmarket Street.  Please show up. Email angelica.anton@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk with quesitons. 

Oxford Inspires Last Minute Addition!

E-mail sent by James May, Saturday, 8th March 2014 @ 9:28pm

Hi All, 


The first day of Oxford Inspires is behind us and...what an event!!! Nelson Mandela (the main theatre) and ALL the classrooms have been packed! If you didn't make it the first day there is still an opportunity to make it to the entr
epreneurial event of the year, and with an added bonus: We have a last minute, but truly wonderful addition as a guest speaker - Amelia Hanibelsz! Amelia is a two-time Primetime Emmy-nominated producer-director! Learn more about Amelia below. In addition, there’s a spot sales deal for those that make it in to Said Business School before 11:30am for tickets at £7.00. You can purchase your ticket at reception tomorrow. You can also purchase a ticket online here: http://oxfordinspires.com/tickets/
Amelia will be going on in the afternoon before the highly successful entrepreneur and TechStars extraordinaire, Kulveer Taggar. Learn more about Kulveer and others at Oxfordinspires.com 
Amelia Haniblesz: An Australian of Sri Lankan Dutch Portuguese descent, she has worked for leading content producers on four continents.
Her career began in Sri Lanka, aged seventeen, with a UN supported Norwegian media NGO, producing and presenting over fifty segments on sustainable development, the environment, and human rights. Over a six year period in Singapore she worked for FremantleMedia, Discovery Channel, and TV/E - Television Trust for the Environment. Based in New York since 2005, Amelia has developed, pitched, produced and directed content for National Geographic, Animal Planet, the History Channel, A&E, and OWN - The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has extensive production experience in China, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, Uganda, the UK, Canada and the US.
Over a decade of international documentary experience has shown Amelia that media can do more than entertain. It has the ability to educate, inspire, empower and bring about change. With this belief, Amelia founded Tell2C Productions.


This is a great and very rare opportunity to meet Amelia! 


When: 10:30am, Sunday, March 9th

Where: Said Business School - Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP

Dress: Surprise us 











Oxford Inspires: Time table posted and some great additions!

E-mail sent by James May, Wednesday, 5th March 2014 @ 2:35pm

So you say you're into entrepreneurship?  Then you don't want to miss THIS weekend at the Said Business School!!!

- Free lunches for all
- Free professional headshots for your LinkedIn profile
- Special moo.com offer for all attendees
- Possible 1 on 1 mentorship with TechStars Incubator
- 1 on 1 mentorship with IP lawyer
- 1 on 1 mentorship with VCs
- Win the chance to dine with the guest speakers
- Exciting Union debate


Interested in listening to some of the most influential entrepreneurs and business individuals of our time, such as the Founder of Pizza Express and the Founder of the Big Issue?
Interested in attending skill workshops to boost your knowledge and skill sets?
Interested in networking with like-minded entrepreneurial individuals?

Then come along to Oxford Entrepreneurs' flagship weekend conference on the 8th-9th of March,Oxford Inspires in the beautiful city of Oxford, at the distinguished Said Business School.

Oxford Inspires is an entrepreneurial conference that brings together great entrepreneurs to inspire and educate our student members. We are hosting a range of keynote speeches from prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as masterclasses and breakout sessions. This is the entrepreneurial event of the year, and tickets are limited! Get your ticket and learn more at www.oxfordinspires.com. The full list of speakers and the timetable are now on the website

Hope to see you there!!!


OE's Entrepreneurship Conference of the Year!!!

E-mail sent by James May, Friday, 28th February 2014 @ 3:28pm

So you say you're into entrepreneurship?  Then you don't want to miss next weekend at the Said Business School!!!


- Free lunches for all
- Possible 1 on 1 mentorship with TechStars
- Have dinner with the guest speakers
- Exciting Union debate


Interested in listening to some of the most influential entrepreneurs and business individuals of our time, such as the Founder of Pizza Express and the Founder of the Big Issue?
Interested in attending skill workshops to boost your knowledge and skill sets?
Interested in networking with like-minded entrepreneurial individuals?

Then come along to Oxford Entrepreneurs' flagship weekend conference on the 8th-9th of March, in the beautiful city of Oxford, at the distinguished Said Business School.

New additions:

Max Cartellieri, MD and Co-Founder of AlphaSights
Sanjeevan Bala, Head of Data Planning & Analytics, Channel 4
Radu Georgescu, GECAD Group
Christer Holloman, Business Development Director for Glassdoor.com
Brandon Arroyo, CEO and Founder of i7 Engineering, Inc.

Oxford Inspires is an entrepreneurial conference that brings together great entrepreneurs to inspire and educate our student members. We will host a range of keynote speeches from prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as masterclasses and breakout sessions. This is the entrepreneurial event of the year, and tickets are limited! Get your ticket and learn more at www.oxfordinspires.com. 

Even though more are still to come, here are just some of the awesome speakers you can expect to hear from:

Luke Johnson, Founder of Pizza Express
John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue
Cindy Gallop, Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv
Stephen Coulson, Co-Founder of P2i
Tak Lo, Programme Manager at Tech Stars
Shamin Durrani, Founder of SwiftCornerstone
Carlos Silva, Co-founder of Seedrs
Andrew Larkins, CEO of Limetree Innovation
Radu Georgescu, Co-Founder at CloudBag 
Andrew Sant, MD, White Light Consulting
Sebastiaan Heijne, CoFounder, SignKick
Hussayn Kassai, Founder, Onfido
Simon Biltcliffe, founder, Webmart and Printelligence


Hope to see you there!!!


Oxford Entrepreneurs Hosts Accenture Strategy: Startups and Venture Capital

E-mail sent by James May, Friday, 21st February 2014 @ 9:49am


An Accenture Strategy team focused on venture capital from the US West Coast will be visiting Oxford to speak with students about up and coming startups in Oxford and Greater London. Accenture is sponsoring an informal networking session (light dinner and drinks included) that is open to all Oxford Entrepreneurs members. 


Accenture looks for startups on behalf of its clients and has scanned, analysed, and conducted due diligence on thousands of tech startups in the US and abroad. The Accenture team will present at the beginning of the event about the common missteps early startups make including weak pitch decks, strategic mishaps, and more. The presentation will be followed by networking and discussion of interesting startups in Oxford and Greater London. 

Event will be fully catered!

When: Wed, 26 Feb. 6:30PM
Where: Keble College, Jean Robinson room

Register here

Tata Idea Idol Final!

E-mail sent by James May, Friday, 14th February 2014 @ 4:54am


Don't miss OE's flagship competition of the year - Tata Idea Idol! In the evening of Feb 24th a group of student entrepreneurs will be pitching their startup ideas to VCs, serial entrepreneurs, and corporate executives to win 13,000 GBP in cash and prizes.

Only 7 of the best ideas have been selected from 200 submissions to the Tata Idea Idol competition this year, and you will get to see the live pitches take place while the judging panel gives feedback and interacts with the entrepreneurs. Come and fall in love with entrepreneurship ;)

Free drinks and snacks will be served during break. Seats are limited - sign up now to gain free entry!
This will be an excellent opportunity to observe some really exciting business pitches and to make some meaningful connections!

Also, we'll be giving out some great prizes to the audience and asking for your pick of entrepreneur to receive the audience's 'choice award'. 

Check out our judges:

- Will Chadwick, Vice-President TATA Interactive
- Tony Sarin, Chairman Clark Howes Group
- Matthew Frohn, Longwall Venture Partners
- Jordan Poulton, Serial Entrepreneur and The Apprentice Contestant

What: Tata Idea Idol Final Competition
When: 7:00-8:30pm, Monday, Feb 24
Where: Nelson Mandela LT, Said Business School, Oxford

You can register via our Facebook Event page here
or if you're not into using your Facebook account, register here

Oxford Inspires 2014!

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 6th February 2014 @ 9:01pm


Interested in listening to some of the most influential entrepreneurs and business individuals of our time, such as the Founder of Pizza Express and the Founder of the Big Issue?
Interested in attending skill workshops to boost your knowledge and skill sets?
Interested in networking with like-minded entrepreneurial individuals?

Then come along to Oxford Entrepreneurs' flagship weekend conference on the 8th-9th of March, in the beautiful city of Oxford, at the distinguished Said Business School.

Oxford Inspires is an entrepreneurial conference that brings together great entrepreneurs to inspire and educate our student members. We will host a range of keynote speeches from prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as masterclasses and breakout sessions. This is the entrepreneurial event of the year, and tickets are limited! Get your ticket and learn more at www.oxfordinspires.com.

To add a bang to your buck, we are having Techstars, one of the world's most well-known accelerators come give a break-out sessions and for a lucky few, one-to-one sessions with Tak Lo, the programme manager at Techstars London. To be part of this competition, please purchase a ticket and we will send out the information to the attendee list.

Even though more are still to come, here are just some of the awesome speakers you can expect to hear from:

Luke Johnson, Founder of Pizza Express
John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue

Cindy Gallop, Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv
Stephen Coulson, Co-Founder of P2i
Tak Lo, Programme Manager at Tech Stars
Shamin Durrani, Founder of SwiftCornerstone
Carlos Silva, Co-founder of Seedrs
Christer Holloman, author of the Social MBA
Andrew Larkins, CEO of Limetree Innovation
Radu Georgescu, Co-Founder at CloudBag
Andrew Sant, MD, White Light Consulting
Sebastiaan Heijne, CoFounder, SignKick
Hussayn Kassai, Founder, Onfido
Simon Biltcliffe, founder, Webmart and Printelligence
Sanjeevan Bala, Head of Data Planning & Analytics, Audience Technologies & Insight Channel 4
Max Cartellieri, Founder of Alphasight

If you want to help run this awesome event and want a free ticket, fill in
this form. We are specially need photographers, designers and brilliantly organised people with experience in running events :)

Oxford Inspires 2014!

E-mail sent by James May, Friday, 31st January 2014 @ 8:20pm

Interested in listening to some of the most influential entrepreneurs and business individuals of our time, such as the Founder of Pizza Express and the Founder of the Big Issue?
Interested in attending skill workshops to boost your knowledge and skill sets?
Interested in networking with like-minded entrepreneurial individuals?

Then come along to Oxford Entrepreneurs' flagship weekend conference on the 8th-9th of March, in the beautiful city of Oxford, at the distinguished Said Business School.

Oxford Inspires is an entrepreneurial conference that brings together great entrepreneurs to inspire and educate our student members. We will host a range of keynote speeches from prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as masterclasses and breakout sessions. This is the entrepreneurial event of the year, and tickets are limited! Get your ticket and learn more at www.oxfordinspires.com.

To add a bang to your buck, we are having Techstars, one of the world's most well-known accelerators come give a break-out sessions and for a lucky few, one-to-one sessions with Tak Lo, the programme manager at Techstars London. To be part of this competition, please purchase a ticket and we will send out the information to the attendee list.

Even though more are still to come, here are just some of the awesome speakers you can expect to hear from:

Luke Johnson, Founder of Pizza Express
John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue
Cindy Gallop, Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv
Stephen Coulson, Co-Founder of P2i
Tak Lo, Programme Manager at Tech Stars
Shamin Durrani, Founder of SwiftCornerstone
Carlos Silva, Co-founder of Seedrs
Christer Holloman, author of the Social MBA
Andrew Larkins, CEO of Limetree Innovation
Radu Georgescu, Co-Founder at CloudBag
Andrew Sant, MD, White Light Consulting
Sebastiaan Heijne, CoFounder, SignKick
Hussayn Kassai, Founder, Onfido
Mark Preston, Founder,
Simon Biltcliffe, founder, Webmart
Founder, Printelligence
Sanjeevan Bala, Head of Data Planning & Analytics, Audience Technologies & Insight Channel 4
Max Cartellieri, Founder of Alphasight

If you want to help run this awesome event and want a free ticket, fill in this form. We are specially need photographers, designers and brilliantly organised people with experience in running events :)

Best Incubator in Oxford

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 23rd January 2014 @ 9:38pm

The Isis Software Incubator (ISI) supports nascent software ventures in the development of products or services and assists them to trade without external investment.

The ISI has been supporting such ventures since late 2010 and launched an on-site incubation facility at Summertown, Oxford in mid 2011.

Who runs the Isis Software Incubator (ISI)?
The ISI is run by Isis Innovation Ltd, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford.

How long has the ISI been in operation?
~3 years (Isis itself has been around for 25 years)

How Many ventures has the ISI supported?
27 to date ranging from social travel apps to stroke treatment and analysis, you can find a partial list of those on the ‘Ventures’ section of our website.

Any success stories?
Yes! while our startups haven’t been long around for an exit

       Pilioprovides energy management services Church of England, Ebico, Institute for Sustainability, Julie's Bicycle, RSPB, YMCA (London SW) and WAGGGS

       TheySayAnalytics raised £0.5 million from IP Group Plc to create the next generation of sentiment analysis solutions (more details)

       Colwiz recently announced a development partnership and an investment from the American Chemical Society to promote its academic research collaboration platform (more details)

       OxGeos recently launched an Android and iOS application supporting small local businesses (more details)

       Esplorio recently launched what many consider the most sophisticated travel app on the market (more details)

       Onfido, recruitment background checking provider, recently received the first investment made by the Saïd Business School seed fund and followed on with 2 further investment rounds (more details)

       Swapplrwas accepted to Microsoft AppCampus academy and Imagine Cup (more details)

       SmartEatoutlaunched yield management platform for restaurants in Oxford Reading and London (more details)

         •       Oxford Bio-Chronometrics created the Bio-Chronometric Signature and won an international         competition (more details)

         •       Brainomix won £900,000 TSB support to revolutionise stroke treatment

         •       Bounts, a fitness rewards app, was  voted amongst the top10 ideas @ '13 Cisco British           Innovation Gateway awards,was granted an £40k award from  European Space Agency                 Business Incubator in Harwell, Oxford and has closed 2 investment rounds (more details)

         •       edspire launched a search engine for online learning resources

         •       OxLegal continues pilot rollouts with leading law firms

What type of support does the ISI provide?
We try and tailor our approach for each specific venture as each comes with its own set of challenges. In general we support ventures from idea through minimum viable product and endeavour to use Isis’ network and expertise to support them. We also provide some operational support for hardware/software/services etc. These vary on a case by case basis.

Where can I learn more?
There is more information available on our website and a formal summary of our offering in our Incubator Guidelines for Researchers booklet. Please note that the Incubator Guidelines for Researchers booklet is the only authorised source of information about the Isis Software incubator and while the above Q&A are meant to illustrate it is the Guidelines booklet which should be referred to in any case of discrepancy, inaccuracy, or ambiguity.

Happy New Year! Now Follow Your Striate Nucleus!

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 9th January 2014 @ 3:54pm

So, my wicked smart friends tell me that the Striatum, or Striate Nucleus, is the region of the brain that converts motivation to voluntary action.  In 2013 you were motivated, but now you will take action in carrying out your entrepreneurial aspirations; let 2014 be the year we follow our Straitum! (or is the plural "Striatia"?...you get the point!...make some moves!) 



Win £10,000 just for an idea! - Tata Idea Idol

E-mail sent by James May, Monday, 23rd December 2013 @ 3:35pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Tata Idea Idol Submission!

Tata Idea Idol Competition application is now open and you are encouraged to submit a 200-word business idea. You need not have a team to compete; all it takes is just a good idea.  Multiple entries by one person are allowed.  The winner will receive a £10,000 prize as well as valuable feedback training from venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs and acceptance into a profoundly helpful support network.  Your idea will not be made public if you do not make it to the final round.  Submit your idea before the December 31st. Tick tock!

Go here to apply: http://www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk/tata-2014/



Win £10,000 just for an idea! - Tata Idea Idol

E-mail sent by James May, Friday, 6th December 2013 @ 2:59pm

Tata Idea Idol Competition application is now open and you are encouraged to submit a 200-word business idea. You don’t need to have a team to compete; all it takes is just a good idea. Multiple entries by one person IS allowed. The winner will receive a 10,000 pounds prize as well as valuable feedback and training from venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs. Submit your idea before the deadline December 27th. Tick tock!

Go here to apply: http://www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk/tata-2014/

Those who submitt earlier are more likely to win*
*(not really)


Riddle me this...

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 28th November 2013 @ 4:32pm

If an entrepreneur starts up in the forest and no investor is there to see it, did it ever really start up?


Dear Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs, (If you did NOT previously respond)

  Regardless of whether you are in the extremely early conceptualization phase, or marching towards a multi-million pound growth round, please take 30 seconds to register your startup with us and help OE help you!  OE often receives interest from potential investors, mentors, media, employees/interns.  They ask “Can I see what companies you are involved with?”  Please fill out the short, 4-question form via the link below if you think you might ever want:

1)      To be invested in

2)      To have your startup story in a blog, magazine, etc.

3)      To receive mentorship from industry specific individuals

4)      To get more team members, employees, or interns

5)      To be considered for business competitions

6)      To be considered for grants

I will not make your info public and if anyone is interested in your startup or idea, I will always ask you first if it’s Ok to make that introduction.  This is for your benefit!!! 

https://docs.google.com/a/oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk/forms/d/1uOC-VfNK5vYTuTj8XMCUJl0wniIFs3kYgLEb4CbX-tw/edit

Very Best, 
John Stringfellow 
President, Oxford Entrepreneurs




 

Tomorrow: Most Beneficial Workshop of the Year!

E-mail sent by James May, Wednesday, 20th November 2013 @ 5:55pm

Think incorporating your company is as easy as going online?  It’s not, but we are going to help you!  Join us and our partner, First Associates as we hold the most valuable workshop of the year! 

Learn a mix of issues to consider when setting up a business, including terms of incorporation and founder’s agreements.  This isn’t your run of the mill fluffy talk; experts from First Associates will be going over practical examples and challenging you to progress!  We will also be going over different funding options available to entrepreneurs.  This is definitely the workshop you don’t want to miss.

We could charge for this!!!  But we won't 'cause we're just cool like that.  Join OE November 21st at the Said Business School. 

Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Sign up 
here.


When: 6:00pm to 7:30pm, November 21st.
Where: Said Business School, West Wing room 8
Address: Park End St, Oxford, OX1 1HP
Attire: Business Casual

Then stick around for our TATA Idea Idol event, same room, same day, starting at 7:30. See below.

PLEASE ENTER FROM THE WEST WING ENTRANCE. 
 SEEN HERE:




 

Most Beneficial Workshop of the Year!

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 14th November 2013 @ 11:41am

Think incorporating your company is as easy as going online?  It’s not, but we are going to help you!  Join us and our partner, First Associates as we hold the most valuable workshop of the year! 

Learn a mix of issues to consider when setting up a business, including terms of incorporation and founder’s agreements.  This isn’t your run of the mill fluffy talk; experts from First Associates will be going over practical examples and challenging you to progress!  We will also be going over different funding options available to entrepreneurs.  This is definitely the workshop you don’t want to miss.

We could charge for this!!!  But we won't 'cause we're just cool like that.  Join OE November 21st at the Said Business School. 

Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Sign up 
here.


When: 6:00pm to 7:30pm, November 21st.
Where: Said Business School, West Wing room 8
Address: Park End St, Oxford, OX1 1HP
Attire: Business Casual

Then stick around for our TATA Idea Idol event, same room, same day, starting at 7:30. See below.

PLEASE ENTER FROM THE WEST WING ENTRANCE. 
 SEEN HERE:




 

Venture Capital Investment Competition

E-mail sent by James May, Tuesday, 5th November 2013 @ 4:18pm

We would like to invite all graduate students who are interested in competing in this year’s run of the prestigious Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) to an information session on Wednesday (tomorrow), November 6th, 12:30 – 13:30 in the founders room. 

VCIC is the business school's flagship competition of the year, where teams of graduate students assume the role of VCs and evaluate and negotiate an investment deal with a real life company. In this task the teams are assessed by judges (real VCs) who are observing the negotiation and evaluate the team’s performance on issues such as conduct of DD, valuation, terms of investment negotiated , etc. Entering and performing in the competition is very valuable learning opportunity for those who would like to gain insights into entrepreneurship and the “VC mindset”: something extremely important for any aspiring entrepreneur!

In this note it should be mentioned, that SBS has a very successful track record to defend. In the past five years the Oxford teams won the European Final three times (2009, 2010, 2012) and came second worldwide twice (2009, 2010). In 2012 our team won the Entrepreneurs’ Choice Award in the worldwide final held at the University of North Carolina in April 2012. Not only is it a great honour to win the internal round and represent SBS international, the team will be eligible for a $10,000 prize.  (More information on VCIC here: (http://www.vcic.unc.edu/)

The timeline for the 2013/14 looks as follows:

  • November 6th (tomorrow): VCIC Information Session with Aunnie Patton, John Stringfellow, Srin Madipalli and Aaron Wee. 1230 – 1330 in the Founders rm, Said Business School: Park End St, Oxford, OX1 1HP
  • November (Day TBD between Nov 11th and 30th): VC workshop with Nigel Grierson from  Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures. 
  • November 20th: Deadline Team Registration: https://docs.google.com/a/oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk/forms/d/1CAOhmmkOQPMxnNYMO213sjjPe3rywQ0mR444aNpm62k/viewform
  • Week 0 HT: VCIC Prep session 
  • January 25th: SBS Internal Competition
  • March 7th: European Final, Barcelona

During the information session, we will give you tips for forming your teams, but I'd like to state this as early as possible:  all students currently enrolled in any graduate programme at Oxford University may participate. Those excluded can be found here: http://www.vcic.unc.edu/rules.html

Please direct all questions to aaronjwee@gmail.com

Startup Business Fair in Oxford - very very last, last chance!

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 24th October 2013 @ 8:06pm

Interested in meeting numerous awesome startups from London, but don't want to make the trek?  In partnership with Enternships, OE will bring them to you!  On October 26th, 11:00am - 4pm we'll be holding a StartUp Fair at the Said Business School. This will coincide with Oxford University's careers fair week but with a focus on startups. Over 25 startups from London and 10 from Oxford will be exhibiting.  This is a great opportunity to reach out to the startup community in London, network in general, and enjoy a free lunch (and they said it didn't exist!) As if that wasn't enough...hear from our great speakers:

Jordan Poulton, serial entrepreneur and star of 2013 BBC’s The Apprentice (uk.linkedin.com/in/jordanpoulton) 
Kristo Käärmann, CEO and cofounder at TransferWise (
uk.linkedin.com/in/kkaarmann)
Simon Coulson, CEO at Internet Business School LLP (uk.linkedin.com/in/simoncoulsonuk/)

Jordan talks first at 11am.  You don't want to miss his commentary on his experiences with The Apprentice and his keen insights into entrepreneurship!


check out our event page and register here.

Startup Business Fair in Oxford - last chance!

E-mail sent by James May, Thursday, 17th October 2013 @ 12:07pm

Only 23 places left available for the entrepreneurial event of the term! -- Interested in meeting numerous awesome startups from London, but don't want to make the trek?  In partnership with Enternships, OE will bring them to you!  On October 26th, 11:00am - 4pm we'll be holding a StartUp Fair at the Said Business School. This will coincide with Oxford University's careers fair week but with a focus on startups. Over 20 startups from London and 10 from Oxford will be exhibiting.  This is a great opportunity to reach out to the startup community in London, network in general, and hear from our great speakers:


Jordan Poulton, serial entrepreneur and star of 2013 BBC’s The Apprentice (uk.linkedin.com/in/jordanpoulton) 
Kristo Käärmann, CEO and cofounder at TransferWise (
uk.linkedin.com/in/kkaarmann)
Simon Coulson, CEO at Internet Business School LLP (uk.linkedin.com/in/simoncoulsonuk/)

Jordan talks first at 11am.  You don't want to miss his commentary on his experiences with The Apprentice and his keen insights into entrepreneurship!


check out our event page and register here.


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