Nov 08

University of Oxford – Emerge

This November, Emerge will once again be hosted by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Emerge is the UK’s leading gathering for a new generation of leaders who are focused on redefining the world in which we live.

Emerge engages and connects young professionals and university students who aspire to drive transformational change with current global change-agents leading entrepreneurial ventures, businesses and sector-defining organisations.

When:   Sunday, November 8th, 10.30am – 12pm
Where: Said Business School, University of Oxford, Park End Street
                  What3Words Location: mercy.divide.hops
Join us live on Twitter: #MSeedPitch@MSeedImpact#Emerge15

We will be polling the audience at the end of the pitches and
will be announcing the audience award shortly after. 

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An Impactful 2-Day Programme

Emerge is the event for people who are committed to redefining the world in which we live. Each year, Emerge brings together students, young professionals, entrepreneurs, organisations and activists from across the globe to challenge the status quo, and share ideas for a more socially and environmentally responsible world. Only at Emerge can you hear about the theory AND get hands-on practical tips for advancing social progress across a variety of sectors.

Emerge is all about ‘what’s next’: the big ideas, the future leaders, trends and key players. The diversity of topics and attendees means there is something for everyone – whether you’re looking for an introduction to the social impact sphere, or want to gain deeper insights and connections within your sector.


Reserve your tickets for Emerge!

Members can get in touch with us directly for free tickets.

We are Keen to Hear your Ideas

Submissions are now closedShould you be successful, you will need to be available from 9.30am Sunday 8th November for a pre-pitch briefing.

A full call for submissions can be found here. Submit a 2 minutes pitch video answering the following questions:

  • What social/environmental problem are you solving and how?
  • Why are you the right team to solve this problem?
  • What traction do you have (users, revenue, prototypes, etc.)?
  • How does your business make money? How does it scale?

  • How much money are you seeking and how will you spend it?
  • How is your company going to make the world a better place?


Submit an Overview of your Venture here!

Judging Panel 

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Judging Panel 

Henry Wigan 

Co-Founder & Director of Investment at Mustard Seed

Frequent panelist on impact investing – Google Campus, INSEAD, IESE, LBS, Oxford Skoll Centre, amongst others – and author of a private paper on Impact Investing in Frontier Markets
Formerly Director and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock in London, having started his career at Goldman Sachs
Recipient of the GSGL academic scholarship for social entrepreneurship and First Class Honours degree from London School of Economics in Economics and Economic History

Alex Pitt

Co-Founder & Director of Incubation at Mustard Seed

Formerly Senior Vice President at Mubadala in Abu Dhabi, Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (New York, Chicago, Dubai), investment banker at Goldman Sachs (London)
Panelist at Social Enterprise Week and Acumen Social Enterprise Competition
Member of the British Ambassador’s UAE Strategic Advisory Board
MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, BSc degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics

Fran Perrin

Founder and Director of The Indigo Trust

Founder and Director of ‘The Indigo Trust’, one of the 18 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The Indigo Trust helps the most disadvantaged with innovative solutions to social problems, with a focus on the internet and mobile technology in African countries.
Former advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office. Board Member for The Philanthropy Workshop, named as Philanthropist of the Year 2012 by Spears.
Prior member of DfID’s ‘International Development Sector Transparency Panel’, and now Chair of the 360 Giving campaign to drive transparency in UK philanthropy. Twitter: @franindigo; Blog

Marc Zornes

Co-Founder and Director of Winnow Solutions

Former Manager at McKinsey & Company where he was a leader in the Sustainability and Consumer practices.

Co-author of the McKinsey Global Institute report, ‘Resource Revolution: Meeting the World’s Energy, Materials, Food and Water Needs’, where food waste was highlighted as one of the biggest issues globally.

Founder of Winnow, which helps chefs run their kitchens more efficiently, with over 150 Winnow devices deployed in professional kitchens and almost £2m saved through food waste reduction as of now.

Who’s Pitching?

Making travel easier for disabled and elderly people
Bringing quality, convenient, and affordable healthcare to South Africa & beyond through online video consultations with our expert doctors
HeadStart App 
Contextual recruitment: giving students the greatest opportunity to succeed
Transforming the chore of hand-washing clothes into the pleasure of reading with your child
Opan Material
Providing data on 3D printing materials for a circular economy
Providing accurate and affordable biometric identification in low-resource settings
A smart employment platform matching workers to open positions. Get hired, get paid, get reviewed
Employment Without Borders

Congratulation to the Winners!

Accomable: Making travel easier for disabled and elderly people
Libromat: Transforming the chore of hand-washing clothes into the pleasure of reading with your child