We support early-stage science and innovation companies.

By providing affordable office space to start-up science and technology businesses through the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI.) These businesses are surrounded by like-minded people facing similar challenges.

By offering business support through projects such as [email protected] Zone and The Pod.

We reinvest our income to support the science and innovation community and encourage entrepreneurship through investment in our own programmes and those of like-minded organisations.

For example, we support Science Oxford, Venturefest Oxford, The Basement (Oxford Hackspace) and the Oxfordshire Science Festival.

Our independence and sustainability means that we are able to be responsive to the evolving needs and challenges of the science and innovation community in Oxfordshire and the wider region.

The Trust supported the development and publication of the Oxford Innovation Engine Report (2013) and its updated version in 2016, the iCapital innovation bid and the NESTA Join the dots research project.

We recognise and reward potential and excellence in entrepreneurship

For example we run The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards scheme, which celebrates the next generation of great innovators, encourages networking and helps to raises the profile of careers in STEM and entrepreneurship.

We inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators by building networks between businesses and schools.

The Science Oxford Schools team run a highly successful programme called STEM World of Work which provides advice, work experience and opportunities for secondary school students. It also runs the STEM Ambassadors programme, bringing together professionals working in science organisations and schools.

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Oxford Trust Awards

The Trust’s Enterprise Awards, which have been running on and off for twelve years now, recognise and reward achievement and potential in entrepreneurship.

Oxford Trust Awards

Stansfeld Park

The Trust has just received planning permission for the development of the UK's first indoor-outdoor science education centre for primary-aged children and an adjoining innovation centre, which will provide much needed space for science and tech start-ups.

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Programmes and initiatives

Our programmes and initiatives encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise by linking businesses with the community and by showcasing the amazing scientific work that’s done across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and beyond.

Programmes and initiatives


The Oxford Trust owns the building on New Road, known originally as Macclesfield House and now generally as OCFI. It is managed for us by Oxford Innovation under operational guidance consistent with our charitable mission objectives.

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