Tackle pressing global challenges



The Programme

OSE is a high-intensity, milestone driven programme built to recruit, equip, and leverage Oxford-based social startups created to tackle pressing global challenges.

Ultimately, it is up to your team to build the startup. The programme is here to help structure your process, teach you key skills, connect you with other students and advisors, provide mentorship, and to inform you about relevant funding opportunities and competitions. The programme begins in November 2020 and lasts for the full academic year. The start is more intensive as we take the teams through an 8-session programme, one session every two weeks.

You will need to have at least one student or alumni from Oxford in your team to join, but we welcome and encourage diverse teams with members outside Oxford and the UK. Covid means everything happens online anyway, so it is easy to join us from abroad.  The programme is fairly intense if you enter as a one-man-band (although we won’t stop you), but we can help you recruit a team for your idea.


The accepted teams are also matched with a 1-on-1 advisor


The programme runs from the 1st week of November and entails 8 sessions delivered with support from the Skoll Centre – one every 2 weeks.


Access competitions for funding and investment. Get supported in the process of preparing your team’s materials and pitch.


We use the OSE network to recruit the talent or manpower the projects need to move forward. We also run networking events (online, of course) where you can meet likeminded students to exchange ideas and experiences.


We also use the OSE network to link the maturing projects to relevant industry and sector experts.


We have just finished our brand new online resource platform where you can identify relevant competitions, networking events, funding opportunities, accelerators, etc.

Featured Projects


A multivitamin-infused gum to combat malnutrition  in refugee populations

Winner of Graduate All-Innovate Competition, Oxford Hub Social Enterprise Awards & DTC Impact Award for Enterprise and Innovation

3D Primed

Open-source  3D-printable products

Taking requests from healthcare workers for 3D printed materials during the Covid pandemic. 

NABIO Greenhouse

A greenhouse creating employment for women in Kenya

Selected Balliol MCR Charity 2019/20, employment of 20 women since December 2019. 


Bringing trust into support of homeless

Translating digital cash donations from local residents to donations in-kind claimed by homeless persons when shopping at a local business. Pilot currently running in Oxford.

Join a team

Join one of the exciting teams already registered at OSE, matching your background and interests.

Join with an idea

Have you got an idea, or even just a passion to solve a problem? Apply now and put together a team to join the programme.

Join with a startup

You can join the programme with a project or startup in early stages. 

The people of OSE

The Committee

Sandeep Unwith

President and Chair

DPhil in in Chemistry and Molecular Oncology at Oxford University

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Sandeep is a final year DPhil student in Molecular Oncology from  Kellogg College, Oxford. His interest in Social Entrepreneurship developed from his employment with Big Issue Invest, where he worked as Investment Analyst for the Social Enterprise Investment Fund. Prior to this, Sandeep served as the Finance Business Partner for the Convenience Business unit of The KraftHeinz Company. Sandeep, has an interest in user generated social innovation, equality, and poverty eradication. Outside of OSE, he is actively involved in his college, as President of Kellogg College, MCR. 

Emmanouil Voitsidis

Fund and Sponsorship Lead

MSc Student, Software Engineering, University of Oxford

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Emmanouil is a financial technology SME and has been active in the fintech space in London and Luxembourg. He has been working with financial institutions, from microfinance to tier-1 banks, in Europe, Middle East and Africa, aiming to overhaul their technological landscape and operating model in order to drive innovation for the benefit of their end customers. His interest in social entrepreneurship revolves around creating funding opportunities for social enterprises and promoting technology driven innovation in this space. He is currently studying for an MSc in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford, and is also involved in his college as the Strategy and Development Officer of the Kellogg College MCR.

Andrea Stykket

Marketing and recruitment

MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford

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Marketing graduate with an interest in market-based routes to social and economic development. I am especially interested in startups, technology diffusion and extra-regional trade linkages – with a focus on their impact on capabilities and welfare. Varied experience with small-scale social entrepreneurship and nonprofits, and a marketing BA focused on social marketing from Newcastle University. Currently studying for an MPhil at the Oxford Department of International Development.

Advisory Board

Peter Drobac

Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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Fahad Khan

Amazon Wireless Services, Principal Serial Entrepreneur

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Edward Yee

Co-Founder GivFunds Social Ventures Rhodes Scholar

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Chris Blues

Programme Manager, Social Ventures, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

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Callum Usher-Dodd

Enterprise Skills Advisor UWE, Enactus UK Senior Manager

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Bhanu Prasad

Partner, Tata Consulting Services, University of Oxford, MSc Social Policy and Intervention

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Antonio Potenza

Managing Partner and Co-Funder Prodos Impact Capital, Oxford Exec-MBA Alumni

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