Building a new generation of ventures


LAUNCH OF WHITE PAPER - Universities: Drivers of Prosperity and Economic Recovery

A white paper written by Ana Bakshi, Director of the Oxford Foundry, calls on government and the private sector to invest in scaling university entrepreneurship, technology and venture acceleration-focused centres nationwide in order to rebuild the economy and build back better.

The white paper is endorsed by leading Business CEOs, Founders, and Higher Education leaders of universities across the UK, with a foreword written by Reid Hoffman, Cofounder of LinkedIn. 


OXFO venture Novoic raise £2m Seed Investment

Novoic, a digital biotech company developing AI-based Speech Analysis to detect neurological diseases, has today announced a raise of £2m from global investors. The round is led by Anthemis Exponential Ventures with participation from APEX Digital Health, as well as Entrepreneur First and Plug and Play Ventures. Angel investors include Stanford Angels.



All Oxford University students from any department or year - undergrad and postgrad are invited to our events and skills workshops. Be inspired and gain essential entrepreneurship and tech skills for your future.

OXFO launches £120K Grant Runway Fund to Boost Pandemic Recovery

The Oxford Foundry has launched a £120,000 grant fund for startups responding to COVID-19 to boost the economic recovery from the pandemic.

Through the COVID-19 Startup Grant Runway Fund, grants of £10,000 will be given to the four OXFO COVID-19 Rapid Solutions Builder ventures deemed critical to aiding the crisis by a judging panel of esteemed entrepreneurs and investors. Grants of £5,000 will be awarded to selected ventures in the Foundry's portfolio who are responding to the pandemic. 


OXFO venture iLoF receive $1m from Microsoft & Mayfield Fund for search to find Alzheimer’s cure

OXFO startup ILoF has received $1 million from Microsoft’s venture fund, Mayfield, and Melinda Gates’s Pivotal Ventures to reduce the cost and time of drug discovery for diseases including Alzheimer's. They are one of four teams chosen from female-led companies from around the world to receive a share of $6m investment, resources and mentoring through the Female Founders Program.



13 ventures in our portfolio are responding to the pandemic. They include a GP-to-patient remote platform that has scaled in three weeks to help hundreds of thousands of patients, fever detection cameras, sensors to monitor NHS hospital bed availability, a communication platform for care home residents and families to keep in touch, and a remote tutoring app for students.