We’re Back!

We hit the ground running after the New Year and Hilary Term is off to a busy start.  There are several events piling up!  So take a look at some of the most recent happenings from our newsletter below and hopefully fit some of these opportunities in before the term ends!

– The Skoll Centre Team


OnPurpose – Tom Rippin
11 February, 17:30-18:30, Seminar Room A, Saїd Business School
Interested in a one-year paid position in a social impact role? Join Monday’s presentation and conversation with Tom Rippin, the CEO and founder of On Purpose. Their one-year paid leadership programme is for high-calibre professionals who want to kick-start a career in organisations that combine purpose-driven aims with commercial ways of operating. On Purpose will be recruiting for it’s October 2013 intake during March and April. In this session organised by the Social Impact Network and OnPurpose, Tom will bring some general principles to bear on this field with regards to the concepts of Social Enterprise, sustainability, social business, CSR and non-profit. More information about OnPurpose can be found here.

Bridging the Financing Gap in Agricultural Value Chains
11 February, 17:30-19:00, Citigroup Centre in Canary Wharf, London
This London event focuses on catalyzing smallholder agricultural finance building on the study Dalberg produced that explores the market opportunity and proposes ways to address it. The event is designed to attract interest of corporate and financial players (e.g. members of Business Fights Poverty/Business Action for Africa), as well as ANDE members, but some spots for students have been allocated. Willy Foote, Bob Annibale and a Unilever rep will be presenting. Register here for the London event or get more info about the study.

Demystifying Impact Investing: Realities Beyond Semantics – Henry Gonzalez
8 March, 12:15-13:30, Andrew Cormack, Saїd Business School
This interactive session aims at addressing the landscape of the impact investment market and assessing its opportunities and barriers. The discussion will highlight the main players and careers path for the experts and novices in this growing space. Henry Gonzalez is the Head of Research of responsAbility Investments based in Paris, and also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Prior to these roles, he was a Vice President with Morgan Stanley where he focused in Emerging Markets Debt investing, was a founding member of the Microfinance Institutions Group, and previously worked at the World Bank, the Global Exchange for Social Investment (GEXSI), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Sorbonne University of Paris I where he is engaged in research related to risks and vulnerabilities in impact investing. Mark your calendars for a conversation with Henry on March 8th!

Congratulations to SVCIC participants
Congratulations to all the teams that participated in SVCIC this past weekend. Overall, it was a very impressive showing from all teams that left the judges and entrepreneurs incredibly impressed with the school and all of you. Special congratulations to both of our winning teams who will represent the school in Barcelona and UNC. Good luck teams! We know you will represent Oxford well!

Voltaire Davis & AmericanRe-Up
12 February, 12:15-13:30, in the Saїd Business School’s Founders Room
What if I told you many of the world’s sustainability problems were caused by a lack of sacrifice and accountability? Voltaire Davis, a young Sociologist and social entrepreneur from Los Angeles, California believes this to be true and has developed an algorithm that can measure the WILLPOWER people have towards their life goals. Based on the idea that “Sacrifice = Change,” Voltaire and his business partner Will Wes, test this formula on themselves by not dining out, taking Los Angeles public transit and giving up dates for over 1,000 days. Voltaire will explain how their experiences helped them develop the app concept and question for the 21st century: “What are we willing to give up to become who we want to be?” It is a theory that they believe can help maintain and enhance global sustainability. Come meet Voltaire & see his presentation if you want to find out more!

Business to the Environment (B2E) Weekend Event
15-16 February, in the Saїd Business School’s Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre
The green committee of the Social Impact Network is organising an event, Business to the Environment (B2E),  to connect students and fellows at the University of Oxford interested in creating start-ups and other ventures. B2E will provide an opportunity to pitch business ideas and participate in workshops, with the aim of encouraging collaboration across schools and facilitating a multi-disciplinary exchange. There will also be an informal networking drinks on the Friday evening.  Click here for more information.

Delivering Development: Can Business Succeed Where Traditional Donors Fail? (GEG Seminar)
15 February, 14:00, Lecture Theatre, Blavatnik School of Government, 10 Merton Street, Oxford
Henry Gonzalez, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Skoll Centre, and Head of Research at responsAbility Investments, will be joining a panel at the Blavatnik School of Government to discuss the growing influence corporate actors have in international development. Visit this website to learn more.

Helping Social Organisations in Distress:
How to Preserve the Social Mission and Maintain Financial Bottom Line with Michael Säger
14 February, 12:30-1:30, in the Saїd Business School’s Seminar Room 13
When Michael Säger took over as the managing director of a charity in Berlin, the organisation was in distress and they were concerned about making the next month’s pay checks. He needed to turn the organization around while also preserving its social mission, which proved a difficult feat. Michael will speak from his own experiences and draw out lessons which can be applicable for anyone scaling or reviving a social venture.



Apply now for the McKinsey Venture Academy
McKinsey Venture Academy is a social enterprise competition for all undergraduate and postgraduate students based in the UK and Ireland. Learn more on their website or watch this video.

10-12 April 2013, Old Fire Station, Oxford
Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, OxfordJam is a three-day fringe event that creates a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over. Get involved.

Oxford Inspires! An immersive entrepreneurial experience
2-3 March 2013, Saїd Business School
Oxford Inspires is a new entrepreneurial conference that will aim to bring together great entrepreneurs to inspire and educate our student members.

Partnering for Global Impact Conference
10-11 July 2013, Lugano, Switzerland
Are you a social entrepreneur who would like to present your work to this pool of impact investors at the Partnering for Global Impact Conference? If so, apply here . Applications are open from 4 February-26 April.

Doing good and doing well conference 2013
22-23 February, IESE Business School, Barcelona
Learn more here.

Sustainable Essay Contest
Entry deadline 31 March
Winners of the Sustainable Success essay competition will receive £2,500 and an invitation to the Second Sustainable Success Conversation event, to be held in London later in the year.  For more information, entry criteria and to find out a bit more about Telos Partners, the sponsors of the competition, click here .

Origami Ideas Challenge
First round applications due 11 February
Have a great investment idea?  You can get rewarded for the idea and maybe even get to put the idea into action!  Check it out here.