All-Innovate is Oxford University's inter-college idea competition for the WHOLE University

All-Innovate is Oxford's inter-college idea competition run by the Oxford Foundry in partnership with Oxford colleges. In 2020 the competition is supported by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI). Students pitch entrepreneurial ideas for a chance to win a top prize of £10,000 prize money, and two runner-up prizes of £5,000 each. All-Innovate encourages all students at Oxford, regardless of discipline, to develop an entrepreneurial skill-set and to generate entrepreneurial ideas - useful skills for all careers. 

Read the All-Innovate competition FAQs

In 2020, 30 Colleges participated

In 2020 the Colleges who have opted in, and the teams who reached the Bootcamp are:

Brasenose College - MOBIL_ZE, and Neurolytic Healthcare

Christ Church- Un-Random Forests and Exagon

Exeter College - ShopSaver and Splash

Green Templeton College: Bricks & Order and AttAIn represent Green Templeton in All-Innovate 2020

Harris Manchester College - Okoa

Hertford College - Tradesk, and Seed A.I

Jesus College - Making Maths Matter, and MyScroll

Keble College - Clubber and The Brook

Kellogg College - Climeds and Data Syntheticals

Lady Margaret Hall - Re:Wild and Inclusive Green Investing

Linacre College - DIgenous and AEthox Consulting

Lincoln College - AppCycle and Demeter

Magdalen College - Cord, and Cibus Health

Merton College - Level Up, and Pre-packed Mag-Infuser for drug development

New College - Genbiotics

Oriel College - GreenerRoutes and Oxbucha

Pembroke College - flucast, and Source-Independent Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG)

Queen's College - Humango

Regent's Park College - Personalize your journey around the world

Somerville College - Global Climate Research Portal, and Pyrate

St Anne's College- Solis, and She Sports

St Antony's College - Botler, and Serena

St Catherine's - In-kindness, and Noah Digital Financial Health Platform for Urban Poor

St Edmund Hall - Sore No More, and Phycobloom

St Hugh's College - AI_VIATE

St John's College - Neumind, and Nanoparticles to probe gametes defects behind infertility

Trinity College - Sleep Map, and Genei - Learn Smart

University College -, and Gati's cafe

Wadham College - Wave, and Cura Code

Wolfson College - Artemis, and VitaGUM

*Students from Colleges who have not opted in can still apply and get involved in the competition, represented by the Oxford Foundry

Oxford Foundry teams 2020 - WeUnite, Pantry, Cleaner Shipping Just-in-Time

The Prince's Trust teams - Skincare brand for teenage boys, Patchwork Hub, Quillattire, Rootify (from Prince's Trust), We Are Colourful, Umbrella Bros, Finding Roots, and Mini Mealtimes. 

2019 winners and finalists

In its inaugural year, 2019, 21 Oxford colleges participated. READ ABOUT THE WINNERS OF ALL-INNOVATE 2019. The finalist's ideas included:

  • 📰 A digital news platform to curate your ideal newspaper
  • 🌍 recyclable 3D-printed medical devices for developing countries
  • 🦗 insect farming using waste food produce
  • 🚰bottled water subscription service, a consultancy service offering uncommon ideas
  • 💯a crowd-sourced platform to help you commit to your pledges
  • 🎓a platform to connect international students with alumni who help them pay their tuition fees
  • 📊 AI-generated census data
  • 🕹️Virtual Reality for design
  • 💱microfinance
  • ⚕️AI early-stage cancer diagnosis
  • 📝a platform to organise journal papers
  • 💊a patch to help treat drug overdose
  • 🌱automated greenhouses for your home
  • 🆘 panic buttons for victims of domestic abuse
  • ♻️upcycling waste in India
  • 👵an app to support the care of the elderly
  • 🚴‍♀️smart bike racks
  • ℹ️ welfare support service for uni students
  • 🔬an app to help set up science experiments
  • 🥡 supermarket reusable packaging
  • ⌨️electronic stamps for cybersecurity
  • 🔦a navigation app for conflict zones
  • ⛹️a doctor-led app to support exercise
  • 📟a visual analysis tool for disease diagnosis
  • 🍣 a sustainable seaweed seasoning
  • 🎙️a radio show in Senegal to learn english
  • 🚨better intelligence information for emergency service staff
  • 👪a chatbot to help with parenting
  • 💉an app to help people overcome the fear of needles
  • 🌊a water pollution net solution
  • 😷a group chat platform for doctors
  • 🍬a solution for turning sugar into fibre
  • ☕a reusable coffee cup
  • 🌃a night-time safety app
  • 🥣diabetic-friendly restaurants
  • 👾3D imaging with a 2D sensor. 


I strongly believe that SeaStrong and the All-Innovate competition were an essential part of my Oxford experience. It was fun and it contributed a lot to my personal growth, plus exposed me to a lot of skills that will help me professionally too – like delivering a pitch in front of CEOs, lecturers and fellow students!”


Pitching ideas
Pitching ideas

My Cofounder Inna and I first met when we were competing against each other as finalists in the Oxford Foundry’s All-Innovate competition. Back then we were both working on completely different ideas leading different teams.I felt early on that combining our expertise had great potential for an exciting new venture in the personalised neurology space. And this was it, Neurolytic Healthcare was born! Over the next few weeks I recruited a diverse team of seven PhD students from Oxford that would allow us to turn our idea into reality.

Roman Rothaermel, Cofounder, Neurolytic Healthcare

The Oxford Foundry offers a place for students to gather with purpose, to grow their ideas with like-minded people, eager to apply their talents to enterprising initiatives. It has been wonderful to see so many Somervillians seize the chance to be a part of this entrepreneurial community, particularly through the Foundry’s first inter-college ideas competition, All-Innovate.”

Jan Royall, Baroness, Principal of Somerville College

“It is not always easy to make the leaps of faith which produce entrepreneurial ideas. I am enormously impressed at how the Oxford Foundry has provided students and alumni with a forum
in which to do this, empowering them with both confidence and the courage to innovate, that can only come from thinking and working together in a multidisciplinary and supportive environment.”

Miles Young, Warden of New College

“Winning the All-Innovate competition has been a springboard, propelling to further perfect our business, establish strategic clinical and scientific collaborations, and present on the international stage. Since our win, we have presented our business at Founders Forum HealthTech in London, where attendees included health innovation leaders such as Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, and the UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We have been establishing collaborations with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and we are in the process of establishing further clinical and scientific partnerships, with experts both in the UK and North America. We now have a full-time research intern working for our business and are acquiring further seed funding so that we can establish a strong business structure with full-time employees.”


Thank you to our 2020 supporter

All-Innovate 2020 is held in partnership with Oxford Sciences Innovation.