Workshops and Masterclasses

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    Oxford Brookes University Social Entrepreneur Awards (OBSEA)

    The OBSEA team has arranged a series of Workshops and Masterclasses to help you explore social and environmental world and local issues and to find out how you can become a change-maker through social enterprise or social innovation.

    All the details are below.
    Please sign up for our events on Eventbrite in advance.

  • Induction - 11 October 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND.

    At this event, we will give you detailed information about the programme of activities available to you this year to explore world and local issues and find out how you can become a change-maker. This programme includes a series of evening workshops giving you the tools and techniques needed to research the issue you wish to address and how to implement a solution as a team. We will also give you information about 1:1 mentoring, the annual awards competition and other opportunities to compete for cash prizes.

    This session is led by Brookes Enterprise Support team.

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    The Knowledge Challenge: Introduction/Teamwork - Wed 18 Oct 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND.

    At this event, we will give you detailed information about The Knowledge Challenge - the opportunity to form teams and investigate a topic of your choice, learning how to create an infographic and deliver a presentation. Here are some suggestions of topics: transport and access for all, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles, ageing, social mobility, reducing waste.

    This session is led by Brookes Enterprise Support team.

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    Idea Generation Workshop – Wed 25 October 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    At this event, we will share with you tools and techniques used in the professional world to generate innovative ideas. You will come away from the session knowing how to use these techniques for any future situations when you may need it (in your studies and in your career). 

    This session is organised by Brookes Enterprise Support team and led by Innovation Specialist and Entrepreneur Annette Mathers 

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years. Free to attend, Refreshments provided.

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    Design Thinking Workshop - Wed 1 November  2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203 

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients.

    At this event, we will give you training on the technique of Design Thinking which is used in the professional world to create systems and solutions to needs. You will come away from the session knowing how to use this technique for any future situations when you may need it (in your studies and in your career).

    This session is organised by Brookes Enterprise Support team and led by Innovation Specialist and Social Entrepreneur  Annette Mathers

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    Social Issues both Global and Local - Wed 8 Nov 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    In order to solve a social problem you first have to understand it. We call it 'apprenticing the problem'. Our experts give their insight into social problems, globally and locally. Learn more about the social issues that interest you before starting to consider solutions. Find out more about social enterprise and social innovation within the context of Oxfordshire, why it helps and about the current landscape. This evening is designed to help you understand more about social needs, as well as finding out about local companies and projects with a social mission and the impact they have in Oxfordshire.

    This event is run by the Brookes Enterprise Support team

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    The Knowledge Challenge, Groupwork /research -  Wed 15 Nov 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203 

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    At this event, we will help you make a plan for your team to complete some research about the topic you decided you would investigate. We will give you some tips on research skills and what is available out there for you to build a good presentation. 

    This event is run by the Brookes Enterprise Support team

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    Infographic Tutorial - Sun 26 Nov 2017, 11am-3pm, JHB 403

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    At this event, we will invite an expert to teach you how to create a great infographic using Canva. If you are interested in applying for an Award and pitching your project at the annual Dragons' Den event, you will need to submit an infographic in your application pack. You will receive step-by-step training, will have the opportunity to practice on the day, and you will come away from the tutorial with the knowledge on how to create detailed infographics for any future needs.

    This event is run Brookes Enterprise Support team.

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    You are strongly advised to attend this session if you are considering applying for a funding award next semester, as this is a core skill you will need.

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    Knowledge Challenge Presentations/Celebrations - Wed 29 Nov 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 203 

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    Present the findings of your Knowledge Challenge team and pitch for a surprise prize!

    Vote for The People's Choice winner for this semester and join us for an end of term celebration !

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    How to apply for funding - Wed 31 Jan 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 301

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    Find out how to apply for a funding award and the types of project or business we fund.

    You are strongly advised to attend this session if you wish to apply for a funding award and pitch at Dragons'  Den.

     

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    How to research the market - Wed 07 Feb 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 301

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    Find out how to research your target audiences and what you need to know about your potential market to succeed in business.

    Led by Louise Wheeler of Research Oxford.  

     

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    Business Model Canvas - Wed 14 Feb 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 301 

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STRAND

    The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool that helps you to describe, design, challenge and invent your business model.

    This practical session uses the tried and tested Business Model Canvas concept to enable you to describe and think through your enterprise, with a focus on profiling your customer.  It covers the four main areas of a business: customers, offer, infrastructure and financial viability.  The Business Model Canvas Workshop is delivered by Ross Jordan, Programme Lead, Business & Management, Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes Business School.

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    Video Making - Sun 18 Feb 2018, 10.30am-4pm, JHB 403.  

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    Learn the practical skills you need to develop a short video about your project or business. From content and storyboarding to interviews and voiceover, through to the technical skills of shooting a film on your mobile phone and editing the footage this is a hands on workshop.

    You are strongly advised to attend this session if you are considering applying for an award as this is a core skill you will need.

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    Budgeting and Financial Planning - Wed 21 Feb 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 301 

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STRAND

    This Masterclass will teach award winners the skills and tips needed to successfully manage a budget and draw up financial plans. Come along if you wish to develop your budgeting ability and to ensure your project is as cost-effective as possible.

    This session is run by Michael Niles of Wenta, an organisation set up in the 1980s to encourage business start-ups and support small businesses.  Wenta offers a variety of services, including one-to-one and online business start-up advice and guidance, business training and development opportunities, business centre premises and education programmes.

    Michael joined Wenta in June 2010 prior to which he spent 12 years as a manager representing large organisations such as the Merchants Group, Unilever and Barclaycard. At Wenta, Michael delivers training through the Barclays Let’s Talk seminars and Wenta’s business training courses.

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    Social Media - Wed 28 Feb 2018, 4.30-7.30pm, JHB 403

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    Do you find yourself asking how you should go about successfully communicating your idea or project to different audiences? How should you best optimise social media to benefit your social venture? This Masterclass will help you establish a communications strategy for your project.

    This session is run by Joy Foster, founder of Made with Joy an Oxford based social ent whprovides digital solutions to charities, non profits, social enterprise and SMEs while at the same time training and employing workers who have been marginalised in the workforce.

    Clients of Made with Joy include The Gatehouse, a long standing Oxford charity focused on the homeless and Restore, a nationally recognized charity working to combat mental health stigma. 

    Made with Joy also helps businesses grow their online presence through digital marketing with the TechPixies programme. The aim of TechPixies is to help women who have been home raising children upskill and return to work. 

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    Feedback on your Award Application - 7 March 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 301 

    This session is for everyone who submitted an application for an award, in the category Business Start-Ups, Social Enterprise, Social Innovation. Drop in at this session to receive individual feedback about the application you submitted for the Enterprise Support Awards and be advised of any areas that need strengthening or further information, prior to the pitch. 

    You are strongly advised to attend this session, before finalising your pitch for an award. 

    Refreshments will be provided. 

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    How to Pitch/Presentations/Storytelling - Sun 11 March 2018, 10.30-4pm, JHB 201 

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRANDS

    This full day session is for you to practice your pitching skills and get some expert help. 

    Hannah McDowall will be running a session on the powerful technique of Storytelling.

    Tim Foster will present on Making an Impression - an invaluable coaching session on how to handle nerves on a big occasion and ensure that you get off to a good start with your presentation. 

    This session is also designed to tell you what the judges will be looking for at our pitch events. 

    Attend this practical, hands on event to learn how to deliver a successful pitch, to receive feedback  and to understand what needs to be in your pitch for an award.  Pitch for Real to our panel of friendly judges to receive constructive and valuable feedback on the style, structure and content of your presentation. Your pitch could be based around your proposed Try It or Do It application - or we'll give you a topic to help you practice.  

    You are strongly advised to attend this session if you are pitching at the Dragons' Den  event on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

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    Legal Structures - Wed 11 April 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 206

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STRAND 

    If you are thinking of setting up a social enterprise you need to know the difference between various legal structures such as co-operatives and community interest companies (CIC) for example. The structure you choose will affect the way you trade, the funding you can access and many other aspects of your enterprise. You may just want to get started but don't know what you need to do and who you need to inform. All these questions and many more will be answered at this important session run by Nicola Dickins who is a specialist social enterprise consultant running Profit for Purpose. 

    If you’re keen to brush up your knowledge on the do’s and dont's of developing a social venture, this is a session not to be missed. 

    Refreshments will be provided. 

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    Sources of Funding - Wed 18 April 2018, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 206

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRAND

    If you are thinking of setting up a social enterprise in the UK you may be interested to find out how to access grant funding and other funding sources. This session is always very well attended because it offers valuable information about getting that initial funding to really get your enterprise going.

    For those who already have a social enterprise, where do you see your social venture in a year’s time? It is never too early to be looking towards the future.This Masterclass also aims to support award winners in thinking about the scalability of their projects. Come along to hear some insider tips on how to best fundraise for your social venture, to ensure that it can continue to develop and make a positive difference in the wider community.

    The session will be run by Nicola Dickins who is a specialist social enterprise consultant running Profit for Purpose.

    Refreshments will be provided. 

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

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    Measuring Social Impact - Wed 25 April 2017, 5.30-7.30pm, JHB 206

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND SOCIAL INNOVATION STRANDS

    This session is of vital importance as it will give you an indication of systems that you need to put in place to measure the effectiveness of your social enterprise. It is important that all award winners try to attend this session as you will be asked to include information about this in the report you will be required to produce under the terms of your award. The session will be run by Nicola Dickins who is a specialist social enterprise consultant running Profit for Purpose.

    Refreshments will be provided. 

    Open to Oxford Brookes students, staff and recent graduates up to two years.  Free to attend. Refreshments provided.

    BROOKES ENTERPRISE SUPPORT

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