What is StEP?

Following two hugely successful programmes in 2019 and 2020 we’re launching StEP3.

We provide training, mentors, workspace, endless coffee and all the support you need to take an idea from the drawing board to a real pitch in front of investors. Oh, and don’t worry about having a good idea, we have a selection for you to choose from University research projects.

StEP Ignite is a programme just for Oxford students. It has been developed by Oxford University Innovation (OUI) and supported by Oxford Sciences Enterprises and The Oxford Foundry.

Up for grabs is an investment of £25,000 for the winning team and support from Oxford Science Enterprises to get this off the blocks. This award will enable the successful team to put more time into their business venture after the programme concludes, bring in additional expertise, and work with Oxford Science Enterprises on putting a more substantial first round investment case together to start their new spinout.

And when the programme ends, OUI will support all the teams that want to continue. We’ll give you a hand setting up companies, chasing investment, building your minimum viable product (MVP) with a guaranteed place on the incubator programme.

All you need is a wide-open mind and the desire to make a difference to the world! We’ll supply the projects, the coffee and the Lego (ask last year’s cohort)

If you would like to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur, then this is your chance.