What is the Oxford Foundry?
The Oxford Foundry is the University of Oxford's entrepreneurship campus. We are creating a diverse, student-led community where innovation and creativity lives and breathes. We want to support all of our 24,000 students across the University - whether they are lawyers, medics, engineers or philosophers - to become more entrepreneurial in outlook and action.
A key focus is to enhance employability through entrepreneurship amongst students. The Foundry inspires students to think more entrepreneurially, to find like-minded people, to build confidence and overcome fear of failure. Venture creation, growth and support is also a major focus for the Foundry, through our accelerator programme, OXFO L.E.V8, and through our programme for female founders and leaders, L.E.V8 Women.
The Foundry is about people, it’s about finding your tribe and unleashing your best you. We want to support students to ‘smash it’ and achieve success. Success means different things to different people and we want to help give students the practical skills they need to support their respective futures.
Membership of the Foundry is free for ALL Oxford students
Where are we?
Located on Hythe Bridge Street, in a building that was once the Oxford Ice Factory, the building is a large, easily accessible with facilities for co-working, workshops, events, lending library and more.
Opening hours and Facilities:
The Foundry is open from 9am until 10pm every day of the week, Monday to Sunday.
You can see our Access Policy here
The Oxford Foundry supports our student community in three ways:
Building Entrepreneurial Leaders: We’re committed to upskilling the future workforce. We provide our students with opportunities to co-create, collaborate and build solutions to global challenges. We’re on a mission to equip young people with crucial skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, team work and decision making, alongside empowering our future generations to lead with purpose and emotional intelligence, to be more resilient, and to learn from failure.
Building Technology Skills:
Delivering practical learning opportunities to build skills and understanding in areas such as coding, blockchain and AI, with a particular emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange across academia and industry – globally and locally. We develop thought leadership in tech-enabled questions, such as “How do we ensure AI is diverse and inclusive?”, and “How can we use blockchain technology to universally broaden access to finance?”
Building and Accelerating Ventures:
Our accelerator, OXFO L.E.V8, is based in the upper floor of the Foundry. Through the accelerator, a select number of startups are provided with co-working space as well as a suite of support to accelerate their growth - all of this is provided at no charge, and without handover of IP from students to the Foundry. The accelerator supports real businesses, with formed teams, and traction. It is sector agnostic, and focuses on ventures outside of research, whilst it benefits from being embedded in an established and powerful academic setting. Although it is equity and IP free, the L.E.V8 accelerator programme is extremely competitive.