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

All-Innovate is Oxford's inter-college competition run by the Oxford Foundry in partnership with Oxford colleges. Students (undergraduate, postgraduate and DPhil) 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.

For 2021, All-Innovate will be moving online and running across Hilary AND Trinity term. We will be announcing two rounds of winners during the academic year, with £20,000 being awarded in both Hilary and Trinity term. The top prize will be awarded to the best overall idea with runner up prizes being awarded to best undergraduate and best postgraduate ideas. In 2021 All-Innovate is delivered in collaboration with EY. 

This year, ALL applicants will be offered a place on a one-day intensive virtual bootcamp to help them all to develop their ideas. Our judges will shortlist the top two applications from each college. These teams will be invited to a virtual selection round in which they will pitch their ideas and receive further mentoring, from this point, the final 10 will go on to pitch at the All-Innovate final. 

The competition aims to encourage ALL students at Oxford, regardless of discipline, to develop an entrepreneurial skill set and generate entrepreneurial ideas. Inclusivity and diversity are at the forefront of the All-Innovate ethos. 


🏆 Best Idea, awarded £10,000 of grant funding: This is the best overall idea, and can be awarded to a team from either level

🏆 Best Undergraduate Idea, awarded £5,000 of grant funding 

🏆 Best Postgraduate Idea, awarded £5,000 of grant funding  

Read the All-Innovate competition FAQs

Read about All-Innovate 2019/2020

Read about All-Innovate 2018/19

Key dates

Trinity 2021

w/c 15th March - entries open for Trinity term.
6th June  - Entries close for the academic year 
24th June Selection Bootcamp 
25th June - All-Innovate final! 

2020-2021 Participating colleges. *NB if your college isn't list you can still enter through the Oxford Foundry. Colleges not listed here can still participate in Trinity 2021. 


Christ Church 
Corpus Christi
Green Templeton 
Harris Manchester 
Lady Margaret Hall
St Anne's 
St Antony's
St Catherine's 
St Cross 
St Edmund Hall
St Hilda's 
St Hugh's 
St John's 
St Peter'

Delivered in collaboration with EY 



Thank you

All-Innovate 2021 is delivered in collaboration with EY 

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!”



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.”