Opportunities of the Week

Classes are wrapping up here in Oxford and term break is fast approaching.  However there are several opportunities happening in the next few weeks.  Please see if any of the below are of interest to you and have a wonderful new year!


Have you heard about the FinCapDev Competition? It’s a mobile app development challenge where folks (perhaps you!?!?) will build – yes actually, build – a mobile app that will help improve the way people manage their personal finances. And FinCapDev partners are providing all sorts of resources to make that happen including exclusive mentorship from financial and technology industry pros, software development kits, up to $10,000 in startup stipend cash, and more. And did we mention there’s a $100,000 prize purse? Proposals are due 12 December 2012. Get started here.

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Have an idea for a solution or product geared towards improving basic services in developing countries?  Then check out the empowering people award competition here.  First prize is 50k Euros and the deadline to apply is 31 December.

The Economist-InnoCentive Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Economist and InnoCentive, a pioneer in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, are teaming up to identify business ideas that will deliver real-world impact and economic growth to people around the world by exploiting some disruptive new technology or disruptive applications of an existing technology in the The Economist-InnoCentive Entrepreneurship Challenge.  Deadline to apply: 5 January.

Social Impact Media Awards
The Social Impact Media Awards are now accepting submissions. Documentary films “that will increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices, to the resilience of humans facing depravation, to the politics of international aid, and to efforts and agents of change in developing nations” as well as short educational videos which highlight “how aid works” are welcome to apply. Find out more here.

Pitch for Change: A Competition about Ideas for Social Impact
Do you have an idea for a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid organization that could make a significant social impact?  Are you interested in getting feedback on your idea and winning prizes to help develop it?  Whatever your idea may be, take this opportunity to develop it and enter Pitch for Change! Round 2 Deadline: 20 January.

CleanTech Challenge 2013
Stage 1 Deadline: 27 January
The CleanTech Challenge is a competition through which students can bring innovative clean technology ideas from the concept phase to a stage in which they could realistically expect to attract ‘Series A’ funding or be self-sustainable. For stage 1 entry, students, as individuals or teams, submit a 200-word description of their clean technology business idea. Learn more here.

Opportunities of the Week

We’re moving full speed ahead here at the Centre and it looks like other organisations are too.  Take a look at opportunities we’ve recently come across that may be of interest to you.


The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is Hiring

Are you interested in using mobile technology to help women entrepreneurs build and expand their ventures?  If so, you may be interested in the Mobile Technology Programme Manager position at the Cherie Blair Foundation.  Apply by 16 November.


Acumen Fund Global Fellows Programme

The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders.  Apply here by 16 November.


London Sanitation Hackathon, 1-2 December

Team up with technologists, innovative thinkers and sanitation sector experts to develop solutions to the challenges facing the sanitation sector. The event is convened by a global partnership including the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and more, and will take place simultaneously in cities around the world.  Read more about it and register to attend (free) here.


Oxford University Social Entrepreneurship Grants Programme
First Deadline: 7 December

Got a great idea for a social enterprise? Have you started a social impact organisation and you need some funds to grow? Oxford students, staff, and recent alumni are eligible to apply for a “Try It” grant of £500 or a “Do It” grant of £5000. To learn more or register your interest click here or join the information session at the Oxford Hub from 13:00-13:30 on 13th November.

Opportunities of the Week

A new week brings new opportunities here at the Centre.  See if any of the ones listed below catch your eye!


2013 Unreasonable Institute

Convinced you have the entrepreneurial mettle to improve the lives of millions of people around the world? Accelerate your venture with mentorship from 50 seasoned entrepreneurs and investors, nurse ranging from a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet, pills to the head of Google X, to an entrepreneur who’s lifted over 20 million farmers out of poverty. In the process, form relationships with 30 impact funds, like Acumen Fund, Good Capital, and First Light Ventures and pitch to hundreds of prospective partners and funders. Do it all while living under the same roof in Boulder, Colorado for 6 weeks with 25 entrepreneurs dedicated to defining progress in our time! Apply by October 25th, 2012 to attend the 2013 Unreasonable Institute!


African Innovation Prize Seeking Volunteers

Are you motivated by social change, international development and a new approach to sustainable business?  If so, check out the volunteer positions available with the African Innovation Prize.  The deadline to apply is 27 October.


Opportunities of the Week

As you may know, term has started and things are getting more exciting everyday here at the Centre.  Part of that excitment has been fueled by opportunities like the ones below.  Feel free to peruse them and see if any are of interest to you!


Dr Larry Brilliant is coming to Oxford

Dr Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, will be speaking  on ‘Pandemics – Can we eliminate major worldwide epidemics?’ on 22 October at 17:30.  To register or for more information click here.


Social Finance is Hiring

Social Finance is looking for a new International Development Associate to support its Development Impact Bond work.  Click here for the job description.


The Alfa Fellowship Program

Are you interested in working in Russia?  The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional development program placing American and British citizens in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.  Financial and programmatic support are provided.  Apply by 1 December.


Journeys for Change MBA Social Entrepreneurship Journey
Journeys for Change’s inaugural MBA competition will select and support the most exceptional MBA students to catapult their winter break – and MBA – experience by joining the journey of a lifetime.  Apply by 14 October.


Women and Manual Trades seeking Interns

Want to help WAMT generate its own income through social business?  If so, apply to intern and help compile a costed Business Plan for the social business(es) WAMT wishes to pursue.  For more information contact Andy Kelmanson, Chief Executive at

Opportunities of the Week

It’s the end of the week here in Oxford, so you know what that means. Check out the opportunities that came across our desk this week and have a great weekend!


Job openings at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information, is committed to empowering people in need around the world with trusted information and free legal assistance. Its initiatives stand for better governance, greater transparency, women’s rights, more effective humanitarian relief and a robust global press.  With two global communities of NGOs and social enterprises getting bigger and bigger every day (AlertNet and TrustLaw), the Foundation is looking for a new Head of Membership and Communication Officer to help it do some very big things.


Posts open at Opower

Imagine if the product you sold helped save the planet.  That’s what you’ll be doing if you work at Opower. Opower has built the world’s leading software platform for home-energy analytics and behaviour based energy efficiency. It employs the latest in big-data technologies to improve the ways millions of people around the world understand and manage the energy they use at home.  Four new positions are now open in London.  Click here for more information.

Opportunities of the Week

The last term of the year is winding down here at the Said Business School, rx but that doesn’t mean opportunities don’t keep rolling in.  Check out the ones below to see if they may be of interest to you.


Churchill Travelling Fellowships

Are you a Social Entrepreneur? Do you run a Social Enterprise? Do you want to learn from innovative models overseas, recipe particularly in emerging markets?  If so, sales check out the Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Over 100 people, from all walks of life and every corner of the UK, are sent on overseas travel sabbaticals each year.  Apply by 2nd October here.


Summer School for Social Innovators

Social innovators find new solutions to solve social problems. Are you a (future) Social Innovator? If so, the “Summer School for Social Innovators” might be the right place for you. Apply with an idea for a Social Innovation until July, 16th 2012 and enter to win one of 25 scholarships sponsored by Intel Corporation.