Brookes Enterprise Support, bringing you OxTech Fest
Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support is changing the face of entrepreneurship and working towards embedding an entrepreneurial mindset through a diverse range of programmes and events for Oxford Brookes students, staff, and alumni, as well as the wider Oxfordshire community. Partnering with organisations and firms across the country, Enterprise Support is enriching the Brookes experience, encouraging individuals to leave with a toolkit of skills and experiences and having the confidence to build their own start-up business.
Each year, Brookes Enterprise Support offers a range of specifically designed opportunities and programmes, structured to take someone from developing those vital creative thinking skills to ideation and proof of concept before bringing the idea to life in a start-up or small-scale business. These programmes encourage the culture of enterprise enablement, innovation and action into how participants develop their skills and grow their businesses.
With nine programme cohorts running in the 2020/2021 academic year, entrepreneurial events like Thrive and a number of co-working spaces, Brookes Enterprise Support took adapting to hybrid working in its stride to provide over £50,000 in funding, deliver events to thousands of people online and continue building a business community network in Oxfordshire.
One of our programmes is Catalyst – a 10-week programme where small-scale tech enterprises learn and develop, culminating in a pitch for one of four £10,000 equity free funding prizes, powered by the Institute for Ethical AI. In 2021, seven businesses took part in industries varying from health tech and car mechanics to business coaching and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
The four winning participants from Catalyst 2021 will be introducing their businesses in the Oxfordshire Tech Showcase on OxTech Fest Day 1 – September 7th at 11 am. They are:
- Duray Pretorius from Viaduct Generation – Catalyst Winner and People’s Choice Award Winner
- Victoria Barker from Credible Coach – Catalyst Winner
- Stanley Windsor from HandHeld Health – Catalyst Winner
- Mima Rybanska from Impair AI and carguide.co.uk – Catalyst Winner
To find out more about Brookes Enterprise Support and what other opportunities are available, click here.
To book your free ticket for OxTech Fest to see the Oxfordshire Tech Showcase and much more, click here!