Vision and value
The University of Oxford engages some of the brightest and most innovative people in the world. OxReach is designed as an enabling tool for this community; it will help students, academics and staff translate the ideas they are passionate about into reality. Currently if an Oxford student, academic or member of staff has an initiative that falls between the silos of research and commercialisation funding there is a limited support network to enable the progression of their ideas. The OxReach platform hopes to help fill this gap. The platform will provide a formal but easy to use infrastructure to leverage personal, professional and University related networks to gain funds for their innovative, entrepreneurial or high impact projects.
How it works
Project owners will firstly have to fill out and submit an online form. Following this, projects will be moderated by the OxReach Panel. Projects will be judged on their suitability, presentation of their projects, their goals and the commitment demonstrated by the team behind them. If given the green light then the project can begin its appeal for crowdfunding. If your project achieves its minimum target by its completion date, then you get the value of your pledges less any payment processing fees incurred. The University will distribute the funds to the respective project.
Dr Sarah Deakin Project Manager, Oxford University Innovation
Dr Philippa Christoforou Project Manager, Oxford University Innovation
Claire Grainger Senior Marketing Executive, University of Oxford Development Office
Other funding sources
If you have an idea for a commercial enterprise, then we recommend that you engage with the New Venture Support and Funding Team at Oxford University Innovation. This team manages the University’s Proof of Concept Fund and will be able to advise you further. Please contact Adam Workman (firstname.lastname@example.org).