BUILDING A NEW GENERATION OF VENTURES.
At OXFO L.E.V8 (Elevate) we're building a new generation of ventures. Ventures founded by students and alumni from the #1 university in the world. Ventures that while commercially successful, put people first and create true prosperity by bringing everyone along with them. Ventures that give back, that are part of a community and give other entrepreneurs a helping hand and share their experiences and skills openly and transparently.
The accelerator is hosted in the Amersi Foundation accelerator space in the Oxford Foundry, 3-5 Hythe Bridge Street, OX1 2EW.
Our ventures are operating in 17 cities across the world including New York, London, Kampala, Tallinn, Munich and Karachi. See our global reach map
32 ventures, £11m investment raised, 71 jobs created
What do we look for?
We support pre-seed and seed stage Oxford-affiliated ventures who have a strong MVP and Proof of concept, a diverse and committed team, and who have shown early traction. We are sector-agnostic, and support ventures from a variety of sectors.
Adding value - Community and contacts
We add value to individuals by supporting people to become confident, resilient and experienced leaders who build diverse and skilled teams. Our hands-on workshops, 121 mentoring and masterclasses, as well as peer-to-peer learning and being part of a supportive cohort give founders and their teams everything they need to succeed.
We add value to ventures through direct introductions to clients, experts and mentors. Ventures have built and expanded their advisory boards, gained exposure to global audiences and got their first big clients through direct contacts and relationships brokered by the Foundry.
Our bespoke model
Our 6 month intense accelerator programme has an underlying curriculum coupled with tailored, objectives-based mentorship and support.
L.E.V8 is structured around five phases: fundamentals of the venture, Specialised deep-dives, Go-to-market strategy, Client acquisition and strategy and investment readiness.
The accelerator is equity-free and open to Oxford-affiliated students and alumni and their teams. In 2019, over 1,600 hours of bespoke, experiential learning was delivered on the L.E.V8 programme.
And our model works. 90% of cohort 1 and 2 ventures are still in operation, way above the national average.
Supporting more women founders and women-led teams is essential. Essential for the commercial success of ventures, essential for equality, and essential for the economy. We're proud that the number of women on our venture co-founding teams ha increased every year and we are working hard to achieve and sustain gender parity.
Ventures are provided with free or discounted services from companies including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Hubspot, Twilio, MathWorks and Mixpanel. We also have a startup lending library and online resources so you can get learning.
Oxford's entrepreneurial ecosystem
We're part of a diverse and thriving innovation and entrepreneurship community within Oxford including Oxford Sciences Innovation, Oxford University Innovation, Said Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre, Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Creative Destruction Lab.
Our accelerator community give other entrepreneurs a helping hand and share their experiences and skills openly and transparently.
Our core beliefs
We are proud to be unique and of the culture and ethos of the Foundry. We work on 8 core beliefs.
Our mentors and experts
The Foundry has a global network of advisors, ambassadors and generalist and specialist mentors including Professor Bill Aulet, MIT, Biz Stone, Cofounder of Twitter and Medium, and Jenny Tooth OBE, UK Business Angels Association.
Our expert network includes:
Benn Legg, Board of Directors, Ola
Stephen Scruton, Professor of Practice, Hult Business School, Former MD & Head of Research, HSBC and Lead Investor, Think Cyber Security Ltd
Claire Davenport, Chief Executive Officer at notonthehighstreet.com
Robin Saunders, Owner, Clearbrook Capital Partners LLP
Niamh Gavin, Global startup partner
Srin Madipalli – Co-founder @Accommable (exited to Airbnb) and now-product manager @Airbnb
Farzana Baduel, CEO, Curzon PR
Kal Patel, Senior Advisor & partner @Vantage Point, & ex-CEO/President at BestBuy
Dominic Jacquesson, Director of Talent at Index Ventures
Adding value - Investors
We also add value though direct introductions to our network of over 500 Angels, VCs and investment funds including Seedcamp, OSI, Force Over Mass and Truesight and over 100 investors attending Demo Day.
We make sure that ventures who go through the programme have all the support they need after the 6 months to give them every opportunity for success. This includes continued access to our network, space, and learning programmes as well as discounted services through industry partnerships and service providers.