Social entrepreneurship across Oxfordshire is a growing force for change. People from all walks of life are looking at new ways of addressing social and environmental issues. Social entrepreneurs and innovators are setting up and running business ventures that trade for a social and/or environmental purpose. Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP) has been set up to help existing and prospective social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses. We aim to be the best network of support and funding for social entrepreneurs in the UK.
Social entrepreneurs put their social or environmental goals at the heart of their business venture and have a clear vision about the difference they are trying to make, who they want to help and how they are going to do it.
These enterprises are innovative, independent and sustainable as they get most of their income through selling goods or services and they have a clear idea of how they will recycle the surplus to achieve their objectives. Some are very small, employing just one or two people, whilst others are substantial organisations trading nationally. Social enterprises are the fastest growing type of business in the UK.
Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP) has been set up to help existing and prospective social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses. OSEP is an initiative managed and operated jointly by Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford - including the internationally renowned Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship - and Student Hubs. OSEP aims to become a “one stop shop” supporting social enterprises operating in any sector across the county.
Having operated award winning social entrepreneurship programmes and run successful social enterprises themselves, the three main partners are uniquely placed to offer a network of high quality support which includes:
- A programme of learning support provided by both Universities and Student Hubs in the form of workshops and Masterclasses
- One to one mentoring and support for individual social entrepreneurs
- Cash awards of various sizes for social enterprises, to support new initiatives, for business set up costs and investment to allow scaling up
- Access to the Launchpad facility at the Skoll Centre, Saïd Business School which is part of University of Oxford.
If you are interested in finding out more, take a look at our pages that explain How the Partnership Works, the support programme and awards. You can register your interest here to receive our newsletter and find out more about latest news and future events.