OX1 Incubator:

Your first stop to launch a startup in Oxford 

A Guide on How to Launch a Startup in Oxford

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OX1 is the only entity in European universities that rewards £15,000+ equity-free grant annually to idea-stage startups 

OX1 understands and caters for the needs of student entrepreneurs far better than current university or college-led support systems. We have created an incubator programme which is effectively structured to support the early stages of founding a start-up.

We do not take equity or IP, and provide end-to-end support throughout the process of start-up foundation. In addition to the incubator programme, we run social events and have established a strong alumni network of student entrepreneurs and mentors.

 13 Ventures Supported

£50,000+ Equity Free Grants

60+ Student Founders

75% Startup Continuation

Read the 2019/20 Annual Report Here


How It Works

Stage 1: Team Formation

We invite students to apply to the OX1 Incubator programme if they have an idea for a start-up or key skills (whether technical or ‘soft skills’).


We then select the best out of Oxford. We guide them to build formidable teams based on complementary skill sets.


Stage 3 : Demo Day

The start-ups pitch their ideas to a panel of investors, CEOs and members of the Oxford entrepreneurship community. The ideas are scored on their novelty, market and scalability, profitability and feasibility by our judges. The best start-ups receive financial investment from OX1 Incubator in the form of equity-free grants.


Stage 2:

Mentorship and Workshops

We hold a 12-week programme to develop students’ start-ups from ideas-stage to being investment-ready. Product experts and investors run workshops on 3 core areas: ‘idea validation’, ‘build’ and ‘growth’. Mentors are allocated based on students’ problem statement and target market.





Operon aims to improve the efficiency of science with software. Science is held back by the way scientists manage their lab work. Operon is a multiplatform ELN application to easily set up, execute and record experiments from the desktop to the bench-top. Unlike competitors, it is both easy-to-use and ready for bench-top integration.



LevelUp is a personal development platform for children that enhances the
academic and holistic development of ‘K-12’ students (from kindergarten to 12th
Grade). LevelUp offers a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
(MMORPG) experience where children can interact, collaborate and build on their interpersonal skills while learning from curriculum-aligned content developed in-house and sourced from publishers.



AllGood is an elderly care app that helps you checks on loved ones. The app was founded on the belief that families shouldn't have to worry about their elderly loved ones living alone. All current solutions entail functional, emotional, and economic compromises. As 40% of seniors have a smartphone, AllGood decided to solve this problem with a simple mobile application. It provides an alternative to obsolete panic buttons (of which half are never worn).

Our Partners


Our Sponsors

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Since 2018, OX1 Incubator is proud to have collaborated with:

Oxford Artificial Intelligence Society
Oxford University CompSoc
Oxford Fintech & Legaltech Society
Oxford Drone Society
Oxford University Rocketry Society
Oxford Hub




Oxford Robotics and Additive
Manufacturing Society
Oxford VR/AR Society
Oxford Art Club
Oxford Women in Business
Oxford African & Caribbean Society
Enterprising Oxford