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

Application deadline: 1st November

Ready to change the world?

This programme is designed for students that want to be part of co-founding a real social enterprise making a real impact. The committee, our teams, and our partners have a joint mission to tackle global challenges through social entrepreneurship. We work to deliver funding, knowledge, network, and mentorship. 

You can join with an idea, a pilot, an early-stage startup, or join an existing team. We don’t ask for experience, network, or cash (we can help you with that), only that you have the passion and drive to make a difference.

Phase 1: Discover

Building and recruiting teams with a joint mission to address one of four global challenge areas.

Phase 2: Incubate

Thorough training and mentorship delivered with support from Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Phase 3: Accelerate

Incorporate, formalise, and take action. Compete for prizes and pitch to real investors.

Tailored curriculum

Delivered with support from Skoll Centre of Social Entrepreneurship located at Oxford Said Business School. 


Get expert mentorship from EMBAs at Said Business School, industry and technical experts. 


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 you need to help your project succeed. 

Resource database

Access an online members-area with key resources useful to social enterprises: funding pathways, knowledge databases, support institutions, awards, and more. 

The team 

Society 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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Ready To Get Started?