Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford and Student Hubs have developed learning support programmes for existing and prospective social entrepreneurs. For the first time the learning programmes offered by the three partners are offered both to members of the Universities (students staff and recent graduates) and the wider community of Oxfordshire. All these facilities are offered at no cost to participants. These programmes are designed to provide participants with all the practical know how necessary to set up, successfully run and manage a social enterprise.
At Oxford Brookes University there is a programme of workshops starting in Autumn 2014 which are designed to help newcomers to social entrepreneurship to develop their ideas and aspirations. These focus on developing the concept of what a social enterprise is and how it would operate, explores customer and client groups and how they can be involved. They also equip participants with the practical skills needed to pitch for an award. In the New Year the programme begins its Masterclasses offering specialist sessions run by successful social entrepreneurs and consultants in areas such as budgeting, project management and marketing. You can find out more about the programme planned for 2014/15 by looking at 'key dates' on the home page of the OBSEA website.
A similar approach is being offered by The University of Oxford. Their programme is largely delivered by Student Hubs.
The University of Oxford supports Social Entrepreneurs through programmes from the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Saïd Business School and through collaboration with Oxford Student Hub, located in Turl Street. The Entrepreneurship Centre runs the Building a Business course, a nine-week lecture series designed to teach the fundamentals of developing a business. Each lecture provides practical information and examples to identify key aspects of successful entrepreneurship and links into additional learning opportunities outside the classroom. Building a Business is open to anyone who would like to gain understanding of the fundamentals of business practice, particularly if they plan to start an enterprise of their own.
The Saïd Business School also hosts the Oxford Launchpad a place where students, faculty, and the wider Oxford entrepreneurial community can meet to collaborate, create and strengthen ventures, as well as to share knowledge, practice and connections.
In addition, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, offers a programme of visiting speakers who are successful social entrepreneurs or actively engaged in supporting the sector. Skoll Centre also hosts the annual Emerge conference, and a Social Impact Careers Conference. More information is available on the Skoll Centre website.
Oxford Student Hub in Turl Street is the base for the Oxford Social Innovation Programme, which provides funding, mentoring and support for students, staff or recent graduates with a mission to start a social enterprise. The programme is delivered by Oxford Hub in partnership with The Careers Service and includes a seminar/workshop programme which encourages participants to engage with social issues and to develop ideas for social enterprises.