Social Ventures

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What are Social Ventures?

Social ventures are companies that combine the impact-centric agenda of a charity with the profit generation strategies of a business. How this is achieved differs from company to company.

Fundamental to all social ventures is the concept of complementing the profitability goal at the core of mainstream businesses with an impact mission focused on enacting positive societal, environmental or cultural change.

How OUI does social ventures and what they are.

Common myths around social ventures.


Who we support

OUI supports all members of the University of Oxford to create social ventures. group of people smiling

If you are interested in getting involved in any way click on the links below.

Who qualifies for our support?

Our team

How to get involved


Since launching our support for social ventures in 2018 we have helped 18 social ventures incorporate so far. We have more in the pipeline. Explore our ventures here.

photo (c) John Cairns

Skylark: the business of charity

COVID19 & OxVent – a social venture building ventilators

Fighting Poverty: SOPHIA from International Development

The Story of Oxsed Limited


OUI supports spinout projects to find funding at all stages of development, from the first nucleus of an idea, all the way through to its first investments. Find out more here.

photo (c) John Cairns

If you are interested in funding or investing in the social ventures we support, follow the links below or get in touch with the Team.

Sources of funding for projects

Investment Opportunities



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