Get involved!

At the Foundry we are student-led and inclusive, we want everyone to be confident to pursue their goals without fear of failure or consequence. 

We want to create impactful and collaborative events and initiatives that reflect the true needs of Oxford University’s diverse and vibrant student community.  We are committed to diversifying what entrepreneurship means in its various forms, and we want to show how inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation can be! 

38 Oxford clubs and societies have joined us. So can you

Crowd at the Foundry

Student Advisory Board

Presidents of student clubs and societies can hold leadership roles by joining the Foundry's Student Advisory Board. The Board is composed of representatives from over 30 Oxford clubs and societies ranging from the Boat Club and Boxing society to Blockchain and AI societies. This group meets regularly, and their ideas and input help us to shape our programmes and make sure that all Oxford students can get useful learning and skills at the Foundry. Are you a president of a society and interested in finding out more? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please email info@oxfordfoundry.ox.ac.uk.

The purpose of the SAB is to co-create entrepreneurship related programmes for the student community together, and to support Presidents of selected student societies to develop themselves as leaders.The commitment is up to three hours each term.  

The value of being part of the SAB for society Presidents includes:

  1. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Training delivered by the Foundry’s network of experts to build leadership skills (e.g. Leadership Day with the Defence Academy) and society-specific skills (e.g. workshops on: raising sponsorship, marketing and branding, networking and partnerships)
     
  2. ACCESS TO NETWORKS: Roundtable discussions with accomplished entrepreneurs and industry leaders. This has included exceptional people like: Jeff Wong (Chief Global Innovation Officer, EY), Robbie Brozin (Founder, Nando's), Sarah Hunter (Global Head of Public Policy, Google X), Phil Libin (Co-Founder, Evernote), and many more.
     
  3. BOARD MEETINGS: Termly board meetings focused on topics of priority to the Foundry and student societies, such as Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange ideas and discuss solutions to common challenges to ensure all students.

With the Foundry’s support, I’ve created and delivered a 12-week coding course to over 100 of my fellow students, and I’m now getting valuable work experience through an internship with one of the start-ups that was selected for the OXFO L.E.V8 accelerator. This supports my aspiration to start my own business after graduating. 

Alex Cheema, BSc
Physics student and President, Oxford Blockchain Society 
Group work at the Foundry

“Being involved with the Foundry’s SAB has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life and degree backgrounds. The training and platform that the SAB provides has
been amazing - I’ve met the Global Head of Public Policy at Google X, and participated in a roundtable discussion with the CIO of EY - both wonderful opportunities. Plus I’ve
built valuable skills and confidence to take my own initiative forward.”

Maggie Chen, MA in French Literature, St Edmund Hall