Speaker series

Join us to hear from speakers and thought-leaders. Be inspired and learn top tips on starting and scaling a venture or being intrapreneurial in your career. 

Previous events have included: 

Panel discussion: Oxford student to entrepreneur – The journey, the lessons and why you should consider this path! Thurs 29 October 2020 4.30pm – 5.30pm 2020
Join us for an open and honest conversation from our panellists about their experiences of successfully turning an idea into a successful business. Our panellists will speak about their experiences, share their most valuable lessons and explain why you are well placed to follow in their footsteps! Panellists include, Alice Curry, Founder of Lantana, Mehak Mumtaz, Founder of iLoF

Masterclass: Perfect your online public speaking! Thurs 5 November 4.30pm – 5.30pm,
You’re scheduled to give a presentation or present your research... you’re petrified and on top of this, you now have to do it online!  his workshop will not only help you to get past your fear of public speaking, it will also help you understand how to present professionally and memorably in a virtual setting. Delivered by David Nihil and Andrew Tarvin, David Nihil (30 mins) - hacking public speaking, Andrew Tarvin (30 mins) - getting your virtual setup right

Leadership series: Building resilience with Arlan Hamilton, event help on Zoom - Thurs 19 November 2020 4.00pm – 5.00pm,
Now it’s more important than ever to boost your toolkit on resilience! Join Founder of Backstage Capital, and author of ‘It's About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated Into Your Greatest Advantage’ to learn how to be resilient for your future ahead.

The Face of the Future Workforce: Our responsibility to diversify it. As a university we have the power to shape the future workforce. But currently only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs are women, a gender gap that’s comparable to 1.1 million missing businesses, and just 0.2% of Venture Capital funding goes to black women founders. Closing this gap could add an additional £250 billion in Gross Value Add to the UK economy and businesses with a woman on the executive team are proven to be more likely to have higher valuations.

We will discuss how we can empower and support more women, people of colour and those from underrepresented groups to become founders and leaders? How can we help address the disparities in entrepreneurship support, celebrate more role models, and create a diverse and confident workforce that represents all of us?

Meet nine exceptional entrepreneurs on the Foundry's Elevate Women programme, and hear from three of our 2019 Elevate Women Ambassadors Arlan Hamilton, Niamh Gavin and Kal Patel. Arlan and Niamh will be interviewed by Investor and Advisor, Kal Patel, they will discuss the responsibility we have and the role we can play in contributing to a brighter future.