Renee Watson

Oxford Brookes Business School


Renee is on a mission to give 1 million children a wonder-filled experience of science. Since founding her first business in 2008, she has raised more than £10 million for science-focused charities and organisations and won awards for leadership in business and STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths). In 2016 Renee launched The Curiosity Box, the UKs first science by post kits that give families and schools the tools they need to bring STEM to life through hands-on, real world activities.

Having grown up in a rural town where no-one she knew had been to University and science was weird, especially for a girl, Renee is determined to create Wow! moments for all. She’s constantly looking for new ways to disrupt preconceived ideas about the world of STEM, and make it accessible and fun for all young people, regardless of background, financial status or gender. Renee has been recognised by Melinda Gates’ as one of six women in STEM to watch. She is also a massive fan of touch rugby and has represented England at international level.