Oxford Foundry sign


Oxford's innovation hub lines up its next cohort

Published: 30 September 2019


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The deadline for applications for the L.E.V8 Accelerator is this Monday 30 September at midnight! 

Below are just some of the brilliantly talented and generous people who give up their time to come to the Oxford Foundry as our Resident Experts, Mentors, Advisory Board and L.EV8 Women Ambassadors.

The programme runs from Nov 2019- May 2020 and is flexible to fit around schedules. Here’s a short behind the scenes video if you’d like to see a snippet of life in L.EV8.

Our community is open to all University of Oxford students, staff and alumni and we can’t wait to build and scale some more exciting ventures, all equity-free!

If you have any questions please get in touch with us on and connect with us on LinkedIn to see more of our community and recommendations from our ventures who to date have raised £7m.

All the best, the Oxford Foundry team

  • Srin Madipalli, Product Manager, Airbnb
  • Benn Legg, Board of Directors, Ola
  • Marcus East, Office of the CTO, Google
  • Robin Saunders, Owner, Clearbrook Capital Partners LLP
  • Claire Davenport, Chief Executive Officer at
  • Nicole Vollebregt, SVP Global Purpose, adidas
  • Biz Stone, Cofounder, Twitter, Medium and Jelly
  • Reid Hoffman, Cofounder, LinkedIn
  • Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY
  • Helen Riley, CFO at Google X 
  • Stephen Scuton, Professor of Practice, Hult Business School, Former MD & Head of Research, HSBC & Lead Investor, Think Cyber Security Ltd
  • Niamh Gavin, Global startup partner and Venture Capitalist
  • Jenny Tooth OBE, Chief Executive, UK Business Angels Association
  • Arlan Hamilton, Founder, Backstage Capital
  • Farzana Baduel, CEO, Curzon PR
  • Yo Percale, Founder, Ai partners & Rebel consulting
  • Kal Patel, Senior Advisor & partner at Vantage Point, & ex-CEO/President at BestBuy
  • Dominic Jacquesson, Director of Talent at Index Ventures
  • Toby Coppel, Cofounder & Partner, Mosaic Ventures
  • Phil Libin, Cofounder, Evernote & All Turtles
  • Prof Bill Aulet, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Author of the Disciplined Entrepreneur Workbook
The exterior of the Oxford Foundry, from Hythe Bridge Street

Oxford Foundry is situated on Hythe Bridge Street, halfway between the railway station and the bus station as you walk up. It will not be familiar to all but the most recent alumni of the University, but is one of the most exciting ventures of the recent past and part of an intricate IP commercialisation and innovation culture in the broader University.


Oxford Foundry, University of Oxford, 3-5 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW.