Enterprise support

Entrepreneurship Village at Venturefest 2019

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Venturefest 2019

Around 20 aspiring entrepreneurs from Oxford Brookes University’s enterprise support programme showcased their fledgling start-up businesses at the Venturefest 2019 Entrepreneurship Village recently.

The University opened its doors to host business-innovation event Venturefest Oxford for the second year running, drawing in more than 700 people to share knowledge and expertise around entrepreneurship and the four Grand Challenges of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. A further theme to the event was Inward Investment, Global Growth highlighting commercial opportunities in three regional markets targeted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); USA, China and India.

The Entrepreneurship Village featured a range of innovative products and services, including an app to support mental health, cricket-flour cookies and a robotic glove aimed at the healthcare and gaming markets. The enterprises or business projects were all the inspiration of students, staff or alumni from Oxford Brookes. Amongst those showcasing was Oxford Brookes graduate Harrison Hall, winner of the 2018 Pitchfest at Venturefest, at which he secured £1,000 funding for his business, OneCup. OneCup, which applies a library lending model to replace disposable coffee cups with high quality reusable cups on loan, also ran a successful trial at Venturefest this year and witnessed over 120 people taking the chance to reduce the use of disposable cups across the day.

Commented Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University, “We were delighted to welcome Venturefest Oxford back to our Headington Campus, to draw together Oxfordshire’s entrepreneurs, investors and innovators and to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that is so special to our University community and the region.”

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and Board Member for Venturefest Oxford said: “Oxford Brookes is committed to helping those with bright ideas access support, mentorship and networks. It was therefore great for us to showcase this through the new Entrepreneurship Village at Venturefest, a space which enabled investors and business to meet with students and graduates behind exciting new trial products and companies.

“It was particularly heartening to welcome back Harrison Hall who graduated in Construction Project Management last year and who has had great success with his start-up OneCup. This is just another example of how Oxford Brookes provides students with the skills they need for a successful future."

Enterprise and entrepreneurship are key to the culture, values and learning at Oxford Brookes University, which inspires and supports students, staff and recent graduates to bring their ideas to life and use enterprise skills as a catalyst to success. Making ideas happen is an essential part of the University experience. With internationally-recognised, inspirational spaces, the University offers a hub of ideas and learning, vibrant with the spirit of enterprise. It’s a chance to make, create and collaborate – which has achieved global impact. 

Find out more about Brookes Enterprise Support, Venturefest Oxford or read an interview with Harrison Hall on his entrepreneurial super powers and the support he received to set up OneCup.