Held annually at the Saïd Business School, Oxford Inspires is Oxford Entrepreneur’s annual conference. Oxford Inspires offers you the chance to meet entrepreneurs behind amazing companies that are designing some of your favourite products, innovating health care, disrupting the banking industry or planning the next breakthrough in artificial intelligence (to just name a few).
Attracting about 400 students, young professionals and founders, Oxford Inspires is Oxford’s student entrepreneurship event of the year. The event welcomes over 40 successful entrepreneurs, businessmen/women, and investors to share their experiences, advice and visions during talks, debates, panel discussions, workshops, networking and mentoring sessions.
Come to be inspired by innovative and new ideas; to be informed by unique success stories; and to get ahead with helpful advice from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country.
This year Oxford Inspires will be split into eight different conference themes (social impact, venture capital, fintech, product and sales, artificial intelligence and machine learning, women in entrepreneurship, data and optimisation, medical startups). To see speakers from specific themes please you the search function below.
CIO: MacLaren Applied Technologies
Geoff is Chief Innovation Officer at McLaren Applied Technologies. He trained as a mechanical engineer, initially working in aeronautical, civil, chemical, petroleum and mechanical engineering. Gaining experience in all aspects of the field, from conceptual engineering through to business development for start-up and blue-chip firms, he later switched focus to the world of telecoms, media and entertainment.
He joined McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) in 2009 and is currently focused on developing and applying MAT’s specialist capabilities to a diverse range of subjects and strategic operations, working with consumer brands and in market sectors such as health and wellness, transport and energy.
Co-Founder: Entrepreneur First
Matt is the Co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First – the world’s leading technology company builder. EF invests in top technical individuals to help them build world-class deep technology startups from scratch in London and Singapore.
Since 2011, EF has created over 100 startups worth over US$400m including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable, StackHut, Pi-Top, OpenCosmos, Status Today and Cloud NC. In 2016, Matt was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business.
Norton & Sons, Community Clothing, Judge of Great British Sewing Bee
Patrick is Director of Norton & Sons and E. Tautz, he is also judge on BBC 2’s Great British Sewing Bee.
Patrick won the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in December 2010 for his work on E. Tautz. In 2012 he won the BFC’s Fashion Forward award, was shortlisted for Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards and International Designer of the Year at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards. He was also named Retailer of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards. More recently, again for his work on E.Tautz, he won the 2015 BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund Award. With his drive to regenerate UK manufacturing, in February 2015 Patrick purchased Cookson & Clegg, a British clothing factory in Blackburn.
Patrick is an Oxford MBA alumnus and has lived and worked in five countries and worked in a number of different industries before a passion for clothing, craftsmanship and British brands lead him to Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons which he took over in 2005. In 2009 Patrick re-launched the historic British sporting and military tailoring house of E. Tautz. In 2013 he launched Hammond &Co in the UK in partnership with Debenhams.
CMO: The Hut Group
Wing joined The Hut Group in 2013 as a Software Engineer after graduating first in his year from Cambridge in Computer Science. Wing founded the Customer Science function in 2015. In August 2016, he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer, leading both marketing and data science across the group.
Dr. Rob Britton is the principal of RealWorldLeadership, a consultancy focused on helping companies and organizations develop leaders and effective managers. He is a leadership expert who has actually led, and this experience sets him apart.
In 2006, he retired as Managing Director of Advertising at American Airlines. Prior to that, he held a range of leadership positions across the enterprise, in marketing, international affairs, corporate communications, and operations. He was part of the leadership team that rebuilt the American Airlines brand after September 11, and dealt with many other crises and challenges. Rob will speak about leading through turbulence, offering insights and ideas from his many years in a challenging and complex business. No entrepreneur wants hard times, but they need to be prepared for them!
He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and an annual guest lecturer at Kellogg, Wharton, London Business School, McGill, Stockholm School of Economics, and 25 others worldwide.
Srin Madipalli is CEO and co-founder of Accomable, a website to help people with mobility difficulties find accessible holiday properties around the world. He founded Accomable after studying for his MBA at the Oxford Said Business School, specialising in entrepreneurship, product design and early stage investment. As a self-taught coder he was Lead Software Developer for Accomable.
Robert is the founder of Lifetreat.com – a machine learning marketplace dedicated to ending poverty. The Lifetreat app lies at the intersection of the most exciting movements in tech – instant messaging, machine learning, and the sharing economy; and our team is harnessing the power of these movements to build ultra-cool products for people who need us the most.
Robert comes from a background in medicine, financial services, and technology, and he is looking forward to sharing fresh perspectives on building an Artificial Intelligence system that truly represents the best of humanity.
James joined Balderton in 2013 and since then has led Balderton's investments in a number of sectors and geographies, covering healthtech, manufacturing, mobile productivity, developer tools and virtual and augmented reality. He sits as a board member and observer for multiple portfolio companies including Sunrise ( acquired by Microsoft ), Cloud9IDE ( acquired by Amazon ), 3DHubs, Sketchfab and Crowdcube.
Prior to joining Balderton, James helped to launch and run one of the UK's first social venture funds, providing support and capital to social enterprises with a special focus on the education, healthcare and financial sectors.
Connie is an Oxford MBA graduate and founder of taxforward, a start-up disrupting the world of tax in the UK to help creatives, entrepreneurs and the self-employed file their tax return in a way which is straightforward and stress-free. The platform launched in January 2017.
Scott spent seven years in equity sales at Barclays Capital before co-founding Finimize, a fintech startup focused on financial news and personal financial guidance.
Finimize recently completed a seed fundraising round led by London-based Passion Capital, has over 60,000 subscribers to its daily financial news email and is preparing to launch Finimize MyLife, a personal financial guidance platform.
Renée Elliott, entrepreneur and organic pioneer, founded Planet Organic, the UK’s first organic supermarket, in 1995. Her mission is to promote health in the community. As well as being a full-on mother to her 3 young children, Renée works part-time at Planet, lectures to budding entrepreneurs, mentors startups, teaches healthy baking and writes cookbooks.
Dan Gilbert graduated Oxford in 2009 and joined Google where he spent a couple of years on a grad scheme. Then he left to set up Brainlabs in 2012. With offices in London and New York, Brainlabs is now one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, with 100 people and a triple digit growth trajectory. They were recently awarded top spot on the Deloitte Fast50.
Jocelyn Hillman is founder and chief executive of Working Chance, an award-winning social enterprise in London helping women ex-offenders to find new employment and help them get paid work and become financially autonomous. The charity has revolutionised recruitment of people with convictions.
James if co-founder and CEO of GoSquared, an all-in-one platform for business to organise their marketing, product, sales and support. James founded GoSquared in 2006 when 15 years old and still at school. He has developed the business continually over time to now entail innovative real-time web analytics for businesses
Health-Tech Innovation Labs and Giant Health Event
Barry is the Founder and CEO of Health-Tech Innovation Labs and Giant Health Event. He is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record in launching new businesses that solve commercial needs with leading-edge innovations. His latest venture is "The Health-Tech Innovation LABS", an innovative, unique London-based business incubator and Accelerator with an exclusive focus on accelerating innovation in healthcare technology.
Christina Mackay will join Oxford Inspires to discuss how to finance your start-up. Christina did her MBA at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Since graduating she started a not-for-profit designed to support entrepreneurs and secure their funding. She spent 8 years as a Management Consultant in New York and London with EY specialising in entrepreneurship.
Christina did a TedX talk last year on the power of day dreaming and she’ll readily share top tips for presenting. You can join her online investment platform now. As an Entrepreneur, you can showcase your business to Investors, seek advice and funding, store and share documents and access our toolkit to support your business growth. You can communicate through live chat & video and manage documents & business progress.
Soon we’ll have a video library for members to learn more about investing.
Matt Kuppers is the Founder and CEO of Startup Manufactory, a London-based startup consultancy. He also acts as an Independent Expert to the European Commission and is consulting the London School of Economics on the development of an innovation structure.
Matt has been working in the startup industry since 2008. Whilst working in a venture capital firm he founded an SEO firm that served the portfolio of the VC firm. After that, Matt co-founded the London-based restaurant search engine eetapp (formerly MenuSpring) which is now valued at 5£m. He believes that entrepreneurs are essential to Europas continuing prosperity and therefore actively encourages entrepreneurship across the European Union through startup consulting, lecturing and startup events.
Ismail is the founder of WorldRemit, a $500 million company revolutionising the way people without credit card or bank account can send money across borders worldwide.
Jamie is co-founder of Oxford's very own Cashew, a app that lets you send money from your debit card extremely quickly and without hassle.
Daniel is founder of RiskSave, a low-cost investment platform that uses cutting edge risk management techniques.
Ekaterina is co-founder of Prolific, a platform that allows researchers to recruit participants for their studies quickly and stress-free. Ekaterina is co-founder of Prolific, a platform that allows researchers to recruit participants for their studies quickly and stress-free.
Ed is co-founder of Flock, the world's first big data-driven risk analysis tool for drones. It uses an artificial intelligence platform to quantify risks of drone flight paths.
Ankur is founder of StatusToday, a platform that combines patent-pending AI and human psychology to better understand human behaviour. It is part of GCHQ's cyber accelerator.
Definitely! The vast majority of students attending Oxford Inspires are not entrepreneurs. The conference is a great way to gain commerical awareness, learn more about amazing innovations and get a sense of how our society and industry will develop in the coming years. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the most inspirational UK businessmen/women in person to get inspired, get informed and get ahead.
Our ticket prices range from £20 to £40. There are many options to fit your schedule and budget.
We are welcoming over 35 speakers and mentors, including our 4 famous keynote speakers.
A diverse range of topics, covering specific sectors of entrepreneurship. We have special sections of our conference devoted to artificial intelligence, social entrepreneurship, fintech, medical start-ups, data and optimisation, products and sales, women in entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Not at all, we also offer four masterclasses, which are opportunities for you to learn new skills in an interactive environment. We also have a mentoring event, where you can get personal feedback about your business idea from accomplished entrepreneurs.
Possibly, it depends on our ticket sales. Stay tuned on our social media and this website to look out for day ticket options.
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