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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 £18,000+ 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.

37 Startups Launched

£70,000+ Equity Free Grants Disbursed

80+ Student Founders

Read the 2019/20 Annual Report Here

How It Works

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.


Alumni Highlights 

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OX1 2018/19

prev. Divehealth

What: Mable is a personalized migraine clinic using DNA to find and provide the right medication alongside continuous expert care

Success: graduated from Y-Combinator’s S21 batch and has raised a pre-seed and seed round

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OX1 2021/22

prev. Climaview

What: Earthwise helps solar developers, retrofitters, and other sustainability businesses to streamline their business, drive revenue and provide financing to end customers.

Success: raised a pre-seed round and is launching a pilot with a major UK bank within a year of launch

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OX1 2019/20

What: LegalMe provides an automated triage and legal aid eligibility checking tool for advice centres 

Success:  selected to join the UK's Tech Nation Lawtech Sandbox


OX1 2021/22

Caviar (prev. Danu)

What: Caviar is an on-chain, gas-efficient automated market maker (AMM) protocol that leverages a desirability classifier to aggregate NFT liquidity and unlock the potential to trade an entire NFT collection. Caviar facilitates swapping between NFTs and ERC20 tokens in whole or fractional amounts.

Success: raised a VC-backed pre-seed round and a strategic angel round within a year of launch

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

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