Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator: turning social science research ideas into business

Are you a social scientist with innovative research ideas that could be developed into a business or social enterprise?

Are you employed as an academic researchers by the University of Oxford?

You have a unique opportunity to turn bright ideas into a business through a comprehensive entrepreneurial skills training programme and the chance to compete to win £50,000 to support your proposed venture.

The Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator (formerly known as SUCCESS) is a first-of-its-kind opportunity specifically designed to help social science researchers employed by the University of Oxford to develop ideas, backed by university research, into a business or social venture.

The programme is open to applications from social sciences researchers across Oxford and its Aspect partners.

Successful applications will benefit from:

  • A half-day's Business Canvas support session to explore and build out their idea (December 2020)
  • A virtual training boot camp spread over three weeks led by industry experts to develop key entrepreneurial skills
  • Specialised, sector specific training, access to experts who have been there before, access to investors, and access to key networks
  • Dedicated mentorship support to help validate your idea, develop the business model, and support your pitch for funding or investment
  • Access to business and investor networks across UKHE
  • The programme concludes with a chance to pitch for up to £50,000 in prize money (June 2021)


Portrait photo of Dr Tracey Denton-Calabrese

'The programme was extremely beneficial as it helped me to understand the process of how to develop a social science research project into a viable social enterprise that has the potential to meet the needs of the wider community and beyond.'

Dr. Tracey Denton-Calabrese, Postdoctoral Researcher for Go_Girl Code + Create



How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and email it to

Application deadline

4 December 2020

Programme launch

18 January 2021

Aspect Research Commercialisation ARC Accelerator