From Idea to Start Up: Entrepreneurship Masterclass

In Week 3 of Trinity term we held our popular Entrepreneurship Masterclass in collaboration with The Oxford Hub, promoting their Social Enterprise Award. This interactive workshop-style event was aimed for those who have a budding business idea but don’t know how to begin to transform it into a start-up.


Speakers gave an introduction to three important aspects of entrepreneurship and insight into the support available in Oxford and the UK.

What was covered:

  1. Personal branding and marketing with Anneliese James-Ryan, founder of 22Midnight, a brand auditing, marketing strategy and digital content company,

  2. ‘Scaling-up’ with the Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund, Maria Rotilu.

  3. Support and opportunities in the UK for entrepreneurs with Neeta Patel CBE, CEO of the non-profit Centre for Entrepreneurs who led her own Fintech startup.

  4. Support and opportunities in Oxford for entrepreneurs in conjunction with The Oxford Hub’s Social Enterprise Awards.

We were so grateful for our experienced and amazing speakers, themselves successful entrepreneurs and champions for women:


Neeta Patel CBE, CEO of the Centre for Entrepreneurs. Neeta was awarded a CBE in October 2020 for services to entrepreneurship and technology. She has a broad range of commercial experience in finance, media, publishing, education and the arts. She has also worked in private equity and led her own Fintech startup.


Anneliese James-Ryan, Founder of 22Midnight. 22Midnight specialise in auditing all your communication channels and improving them. Annelies has several years of expertise in entrepreneurship, brand audits, marketing strategy and digital content. She is also the Co-Curator of TED x Southampton.


Maria Rotilu, Managing Director of the Oxford Seed Fund. Maria currently leads the Oxford Seed Fund as the Managing Director, investing up to £50k in two Oxford-affiliated start-ups every year. She is a former Management Consultant at Deloitte who transitioned into helping technology start-ups scale in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Catch up on the highlights:





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