Networking events and opportunities

OSEP Forum 

We want OSEP to be driven by the needs of the social enterprise community we are looking to serve. To that end we have set up the OSEP Forum where social entrepreneurs who have registered with us can meet up and tell the Partnership how they can best help them. It could be that you would like us to provide more support in a particular area, run a seminar on a particular topic or produce some on-line materials. You may just want the opportunity to share experiences with other people operating similar enterprises to yours. As a designated Social Enterprise Place we are committed to promoting social entrepreneurship across the County and to represent the views and needs of this community with other agencies.  This is your opportunity to shape the partnership and your voice to tell us how we can help you. 

Emerge Conference 

This national annual conference is hosted by Student Hubs in Oxford. It aims to engage and connect university students and young professionals aspiring to drive transformational change, with current global change-agents leading entrepreneurial ventures, businesses and sector-defying organisations. Emerge is about “what’s next”: the big ideas, the future leaders, the driving forces challenging the status quo. It brings to the forefront that which is emerging: new models, markets and movers of transformational change. To find out more visit the Emerge website.

The Oxford Launchpad 

This facilty is based at Saïd Business School and provides a physical space drawing together entrepreneurial endeavour from all parts of Oxford, both within and external to the University. It is 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. A number of events and several course are open to the public.  You can find out more by visiting The Launchpad website.

The Skoll World Forum

Each year, nearly 1,000 distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors convene in Oxford for three days and nights of critical debates, discussions and work sessions aimed at innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to social challenges. This event is the largest single conference on social entrepreneurship in the world. Although an invitation-only event it is possible to register to attend some of the plenary events. You can read and find out more about this international acclaimed event by visiting the Skoll World Forum website.

Social Enterprise Place 

Social entrepreneurs operate at every level across Oxfordshire from the smallest enterprise to a multinational dimension. It has one of the highest recorded levels of volunteering and social investment in the UK.  It is little wonder that Social Enterprise UK have recently designated Oxfordshire a “social enterprise county” -  the first county in the UK to receive this accolade. To mark this we are following our launch in September with a town drive of events taking place across the whole County to raise awareness of the contribution made by social entrepreneurs and the many projects they are involved in. You can find out more about the Town Drive event by going to our News and Events page.