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Oxford Entrepreneurs Year in Review 2009 Final

Oxford Entrepreneurs Year in Review 2009 Final

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2008-2009 Year in Review
OE 2008-09 Year In Review 
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Letter from the President
Dear Oxford Entrepreneurs,
OE 2008-09 Year In Review 
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 OE has a rich history of excellence in promoting student enterprise as thelargest and most active student enterprise organisation in Europe. Afterseven years of growth, we continue to hold true to our mission ofencouraging and supporting student entrepreneurship by providinginspiration, education, networking and the chance to learn by doing at the University of Oxfordand beyond.2008-09 has been a benchmark academic year in terms of membership, governance,programming, innovation and impact. The tangible impact of OE can be seen in the lives ofthose who engage with the society and felt by the contagious energy that flows through ourevents when like-minded, enterprising individuals connect.I am delighted to welcome Jordan Poulton as OE’s 2009-10 President. Jordan previously ranOE’s 2009 Idea Idol competition and sat as VP Governance; founded and led the OxfordInvestment Society; and, is the co-founder of CrewDates.com. Accompanying Jordan will bethe launch of the
OE Enterprise Centre 
,
Enterprise Wednesday 
networking socials, quarterlyalumni events for OE and Cambridge University Entrepreneurs members in London, and thenew
Oxprentice 
programming line. Under Jordan’s leadership, I am confident that OE willreach new heights – from strength to strength.On behalf of the 2008-09 OE Committee, thank you to all of our sponsors, partners,supporters and members. It has been an honour working with each of you over the last year.Please enjoy the
2008-09 
 
OE 
 
Year in Review 
, a window into the internal workings of OE tosee what it takes to run a world leading enterprise society from the inside out.Sincerely,
Victoria Lennox 
President 08/09
"The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; OE builds entrepreneurs." 
Thomas F.A. Whitfield
 
 
2008-2009 Review Highlights
Oxford Entrepreneurs’ key achievements in the 2008-09 academic year:
Increased membership to 5,700 members;
Signed up 90 percent of 2009 MBA class;
Expanded alumni membership by 80 percent;
Media attention from Spectator Business, The Financial Times, The Economist, BBCOxford Radio, and Fox FM;
Ran 46 events;
Featured seven renowned entrepreneurs including Lord Bilimoria (Cobra Beer), Tim Smit(Eden Project), James Caan (Dragon's Den); and, Brent Hoberman (Lastminute.com);
Piloted Ideas2Market programme that engaged 300 OE members and fostered thedevelopment of 13 companies with a 90 percent participant satisfaction rate;
Over 300 attended Idea Idol 2009 where we gave away £10,000 to winners
Easy Solution (£7,500), Foresight Pharma (£2,000) and Youth Bank (£500)
;
Founded and incubated Oxford Women in Business (300 members; 6 events) andStudents in Free Enterprise Oxford SIFE Oxford (3 companies);
Planned for the development of the OE Enterprise Centre to open on July 1
st
;
Led the creation of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs; and,
Developed a new, effective governance model and innovative internal managementsolutions.
November 2008 – Start It Up In a Day Bootcamp participants watching a keynoteaddress from Tim Smit, Founder & CEO of the Eden Project.
OE 2008-09 Year In Review 
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