Convening our cohort for an amazing bootcamp week in Oxford

We recently hosted this year’s first bootcamp during the Skoll World Forum in Oxford. It was the first time we convened all our ventures, and they blew us away with their acumen and enthusiasm to learn. The bootcamp focused intensively on defining vision and impact models, generating a portfolio of business models, applying lean startup methodology and customer development techniques, developing a viable financial strategy and building a strong bond between the ventures themselves.

     

 

 

 

 

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we thank all our amazing speakers – Matt Scott, Tom Rippin, Salim Virani, Mark Cheng, Stephanie Getson, Rob Wilson, Rob Fitzpatrick, Kelvin Cheung, and Nigel Tunnacliffe!

Finally, on the Friday of the bootcamp, we hosted our first Mentor Day of the year! A massive thank you to everyone who attended! The energy was extremely high throughout the day, a great many useful connections were made, and the speed-dating format worked extremely well. We look forward to four more powerful Mentor Days before the end of the programme and can’t wait to see what fruits the relationships will bear that were formed on this day!

 

Welcome to the Emerge Blog

We are excited to finally launch the Emerge Blog!

Since 2009, Emerge has been developing leaders for social innovation through its annual Emerge Conference and the Emerge Venture Lab. It has been an incredible journey so far and we have been inspired by the passion and talent of university students across the UK and globally who have joined us on the way.

We are creating this blog to keep our community informed about news and developments all around Emerge and ultimately strive to develop it into a useful resource for tomorrow’s leaders of change. We’re going to write about social start-ups from all around the world: the social problems they tackle, the people who build them, the challenges of building them, the sources that fund them, and the people they serve.

And we hope you will have your say, too! We hope our posts will motivate rich debate, and we especially encourage comments that challenge our ideas and contribute new perspectives. Additionally, if you want to contribute further and write for us, get in touch!