The Oxford Foundry

The Oxford Foundry was established in 2017 by the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, for the benefit of all students and alumni of the University of Oxford. 

Our mission is to build a new generation of ventures that better society, and to nurture more ethical leaders who put people and planet first.

We build Entrepreneurial Leaders and teams: 
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.

We build tech 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?”

We build and accelerate ventures:
Our accelerator, OXFO Elevate, is based in the upper floor of the Foundry in the Amersi Foundation accelerator space. Through the accelerator, startups are provided with bespoke 121 mentorship and expertise from our global external network of world-leading entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought-leaders, a world-class business and leadership curriculum, suite of HR, finance, tech and business support, and co-working space to rapidly and sustainably accelerate their growth. The accelerator supports real businesses, led by driven, purposeful leaders, leading diverse, highly skilled teams, and is multi-disciplinary, primarily focusing on ventures outside of research, whilst benefitting from being embedded in an established and powerful academic setting. Take a look at our Ventures section for further information.

We build and sustain networks: 
We've built a thriving global community of entrepreneurial students, staff, alumni, mentors, advisors and leaders. Our community is open to everyone at Oxford and alumni and we harness the best global talent. 


Our Beliefs

“Via the Foundry, we can enable students to make entrepreneurship an embedded part of their Oxford
education, and to carry that rich experience forward into their futures, whatever they wish to do or achieve post-University.”

Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

Read our Impact Reports

See our Impact reports, Lookbooks and Portfolio. 

Foundry Map

Where are we?

The Foundry is open from 8am until 10pm every day of the week, Monday to Sunday. Currently the building is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. 

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, and more.

Find us via Google Maps

You can see our Access Policy here

Our social innovation space

Collaborative space: Moveable desks/chairs, whiteboards and pens, roller LCD screens, phone charging cables, lending library, bookable video recording studio for presentation and pitch practice.

Food and drink: Free tea/coffee/hot chocolate. Please bring your keepcups/mugs. Snack machine. 

Community: 'Find your people' community board, table football, giant connect4 and jenga, music, bean bags, sofas, plants, boardgames, and more to aid collaboration and networking. Find your people, learn new skills and collaborate across Oxford colleges and disciplines to build successful new ventures. 

Transport: Close to the train and bus station, next to the Bridge nightclub and canal walk.