Do you have an early-stage venture or startup? Need some support and advice to take it to the next level?
OXFO LEV8 at the Oxford Foundry is the University of Oxford’s newest accelerator, designed to support and nurture early-stage start-up teams affiliated to the University by helping to develop them into strong, scalable businesses. The Oxford Foundry was opened by Apple CEO Tim Cook in October 2017. Reid Hoffmann of LinkedIn was our founding supporter, and our Advisory board includes Oxford alum Brent Hoberman of Founders Factory and other notable entrepreneurs and investors.
WHO CAN APPLY?
OXFO LEV8 welcomes applications from any startup team that includes at least one Oxford University student, member of staff, or alumnus / alumna within 10 years of graduation. Solo founders can also apply.
CAN WE APPLY IF WE’RE JUST AT THE IDEA STAGE?
OXFO LEV8 is for startups with a clear value proposition, who have ideally developed a minimum viable product (MVP) or who can demonstrate that their venture has traction.
WHAT’S THE DEAL?
We offer each team a support package worth an estimated £40k, including:
Office space for up to 4 of your team members in our city centre location at the Oxford Foundry
Access to our network of investors, mentors and partners
Financial and legal advice for starting and scaling your business
Direct access to a network of experts who are available for 1-to-1 meetings throughout the journey. These include thought leaders and highly regarded practitioners such as Bill Aulet, author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship and MD of the Martin Trust Centre at MIT Sloan.
Support in building leadership, resilience skills and an entrepreneurial mindset
Dynamic masterclasses and workshops
WHAT COMMITMENT DO YOU NEED FROM ME?
Participation in the programme, all of which is tailor-made
Presence in the accelerator space at least on a weekly basis. N.B. The accelerator is open 7 days a week. Attendance is flexible allowing for lectures, clinics etc.
Behaviour appropriate for the Oxford Foundry, and for a co-working environment
A desire to scale your venture, with our support
Having a great time! The programme is all about your personal learning journey and growth – and we want you to have as much fun as possible along the way!
WHAT ABOUT EQUITY AND IP?
OXFO LEV8 is a completely free package, and as such we will not take any equity or claim any ownership in ideas or intellectual property (IP) created by the ventures we support.
If University research is involved, there may well be formal legal obligations between the University and the sponsor(s) of the research that you might not be aware of as a student entrepreneur. See more about IP at Oxford here, or contact us directly if you have specific questions around this via firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOT ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
Take a look at the FAQ, or email us directly at email@example.com.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
If you have a team together and can make the commitment, then apply right away!
Applications for the spring cohort (March to September 2018) are open until February 20th.