Oxford Invention Fund

The ‘dreaming spires of Oxford’ are known around the world as a haven for learning. To make the most of this learning, Oxford also endeavours to excel at identifying, protecting and finding commercial partners for ideas that will make a difference in supporting both the excellence of Oxford and helping to improve the health and wealth of society.

The Oxford Invention Fund provides the opportunity for donors to the University to see their donations used to support innovation and enterprise in Oxford, and to see a return to the University from successful new business ventures.

Bernard Taylor, Chairman of Isis Innovation, Member of the University Council

Through this new fund, Oxford will strive to ensure that smart ideas will be developed to a stage where they can be transferred from the University to business. This can be achieved by setting up new companies, or by licensing technologies to existing innovative businesses with the capability to bring new products to market.

Isis Innovation, the University’s technology transfer company, are acknowledged worldwide as experts in protecting, patenting and licensing early-stage technologies, and setting up new ‘spin-out’ companies. Its growth over the last 10 years has been core to the University’s success in spinning out over 50 new companies based on Oxford intellectual property.

The Oxford Invention Fund provides an opportunity for donors to support the development of technology in Oxford, and help secure the University’s innovative infrastructure.