Nov 13

Oxford Emerge Pitch Competition

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.

The winning venture will be invited for a business plan workshop with Mustard Seed, as well as connecting with appropriate members from our network. The goal is to further the winners’ chances of becoming an investable enterprise. While the award does not include prize money, all ventures will be considered for potential investment by our team. 

When:   Sunday, November 13th, from 10:15am – 11:45am
Where: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP  
                  what3words location: mercy.divide.hops
Tickets: In order to attend, please purchase your Emerge 2016 ticket in advance!
Join us live on Twitter: #MSeedPitch@MSeedImpact#Emerge16@EmergeConf 



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. 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.


In order to attend, please purchase your Emerge 2016 ticket in advance.


We are Keen to Hear your Ideas!

Submissions will close at noon on October 24Should you be successful, you will need to be available from 9.45am Sunday 13th November for a pre-pitch briefing.

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?
  • How have you developed an understanding of the problem you
    seek to solve and what are the existing solutions to the problem – 
    What has worked, what hasn’t and why?


Submit an Overview of your Venture here!

Event MC

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Event MC

Andrea Warriner 

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Interim Deputy Director

Andrea Warriner is the Interim Deputy Director at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. She manages a range of initiatives aimed at equipping high potential individuals for careers of positive impact. Andrea is a graduate of the MBA programme at Saïd Business School where she was a Saïd Foundation Scholar. Prior to the MBA, she worked in strategy and project management at Africa Health Placements, a social organisation seeking to address the skills shortage in public health in South Africa. She began her career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where she worked on organisational development topics at large South African firms, primarily within energy and retail.

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 Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, 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

Who’s Pitching?

Finalists will be announced on October 31st!