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
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 grants.
Mentorship and Workshops
We hold a 12-week programme to develop students’ start-ups from an ideas-stage to 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.
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 Robotics and Additive
Oxford VR/AR Society
Oxford Art Club
Oxford Women in Business
Oxford African & Caribbean Society