Free events for Oxford entrepreneurs - register now for THRIVE!

Thursday, 08 November 2018


November’s THRIVE festival now open for registrations! Promoting original ideas, entrepreneurialism and employability featuring FREE events and big industry names

A real opportunity for students and our community to take tangible next steps and turn ideas into reality.

Lydiah Igweh, Brookes Enterprise Support Manager

THRIVE is a two week festival of FREE events dedicated to helping students, recent grads and staff turn their ideas and ambition into reality.

The festival will bring together experts, insight and big names from across industry, such as:

  • Bianca Miller - From BBC’s the Apprentice and Founder of Bianca Miller London
  • Matt Richardson - Comedian and TV personality from ITV’s Xtra Factor
  • Rich Goldsmith - Founder of MUJO, and Brookes alumni
  • Hussain Manawer - Internationally recognised performer, poet and campaigner, who has recently launched the UK's largest mental health festival in partnership with Twitter
  • Aileen Gilani - Founder Luxury Student, and Brookes alumni
  • Lucy Askew - Chief Executive & Creative Producer - Creation Theatre Company
  • Mehjabeen Patrick - Chief Financial and Operations Officer - Creative England
  • Sebastian Thiel - Founder, writer, director, producer - Upshot Entertainment
  • Fred Goodall - Co-founder - The Ox Events, and Brookes alumni

Delivered by the Enterprise Support team at Oxford Brookes, the festival will cover practical tips on developing skills and ideas that attendees can use in any industry or field. Through free panel events, competitions, workshops and socials the programme will also want to bring a focus on sustainability and the need for social good.

We will also be giving away prizes to those who register and attend 3 or more events! Prizes include:

  • Three Amazon Echo dots
  • £35 Curzon cinema voucher
  • £50 ASOS voucher
  • £50 Tesco voucher
  • £50 John Lewis voucher
  • £50 restaurant
  • 3 x Polaroid cameras - Fuji film instamax mini
  • Paintballing for a group of 5
  • Crazy Golf for a group of 5

The festival supports Oxford Brookes’ guiding principles - promoting confidence, enterprising creativity, connectedness, and generosity of spirit, and is delivered with the support of Santander Universities.

“The world is changing, and at Oxford Brookes we’re encouraging more out of the box thinking and solutions to help improve some of society’s most pressing issues,” commented Lydiah Igweh, Brookes Enterprise Support Manager. “We’re also looking to support entrepreneurialism and ambition.

“Through the THRIVE festival, with inspiring tools, activities and opportunities, we want to help those who are willing to challenge themselves and develop their ideas. We’re providing a real opportunity for students and our community to take tangible next steps and turn ideas into reality.”

Students will also be able to access funding for their ideas, with up to £3,000 available through the FUEL Awards - the University’s in-house idea pitching competition.

The diverse programme of events includes DREAM BUILD SUCCEED: LIVE, with a panel of speakers sharing stories on how they turned their dreams into reality. This must-attend panel will give attendees the ideas, information and inspiration to kick-start a business or social enterprise adventure.

Another THRIVE panel is CREATIVE & CULTURAL INDUSTRIES: LIVE - with experts from across the creative industries discussing the opportunities and challenges for anyone wanting to build their ambition into the arts, digital, film, tech, games or design industries.

The 15 event jam-packed programme also features workshops on crowdfunding, how to pitch, what employers look for, and a creative competition on communicating sustainable impactful ideas (the IDEAS CHANGE THE WORLD competition).

Further highlights include the IGNITE BOOTCAMP - a three-day intensive boot camp which will help to turn a spark of an idea into a business, social enterprise or career opportunity - and INNOVATION OPEN DOORS - a chance to see behind the scenes at some of London’s most exciting organisations, including Tate Modern, Seedrs, Bethnal Green Ventures and more.

Details and registration for all events is via the Oxford Brookes website. The events are FREE, with some open to the local community as well as students, recent grads and staff.