Entrepreneurial skills training and £50,000 for Social Sciences researchers to turn bright ideas into business

The SUCCESS programme is a first-of-its-kind opportunity designed to help social scientists with innovative and marketable research ideas to get the training, support and funding to transform those ideas into a business or social enterprise.

The programme is open to applications from social sciences researchers across the University of Oxford and beyond. Successful applicants will benefit from:

  • a half-day’s Business Canvas support session to build out your idea (27 February 2020)
  • a 3-day training bootcamp in entrepreneurial skills led by industry experts from the iCURe programme (24-26 March 2020 in Sheffield)
  • ongoing support across the summer to develop your business idea and pitching skills
  • the chance to pitch in front of investors for up to £50,000 in prize money (November 2020)

Apply now to the SUCCESS Programme - Deadline 20th February 2020:


Programme launch date: February 27th 2020

Examples of innovative spin-out projects from Oxford Social Scientists include:

  • sOPHIa Oxford: A social enterprise that’s helping businesses end poverty, based on a multidimensional poverty-fighting method created by OPHI (Oxford Department of International Development)
  • Smart Handpumps: Tackling the enduring problem of delivering reliable drinking water supplies in Africa and Asia (developed by researchers in the School of Geography and the Environmnet)
  • Support for migrant families tool: An online tool developed to aid migrant families access information about their entitlement to housing and financial support (created in partnership between the NRPF Network and COMPAS)

For further details, or if you have any questions, contact: chris.fellingham@innovation.ox.ac.uk 

SUCCESS is part of the ASPECT network; a platform for entrepreneurship and commercialisation of the Social Sciences in partnership with LSE, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, Glasgow University, University of Sussex and Cardiff University. Oxford Social Scientists have already been successful in taking their research into ventures in poverty reduction, and are exploring opportunities in education and social care.