Magdalen Means Business: From Inspiration to Enterprise

14 October 2019

An exhibition and lecture series at Magdalen College, 31 October 2019 until 29 April 2020.

Magdalen College is proud to present a multi-part event series running in tandem with its new exhibition in Longwall Library, Magdalen Means Business: From Inspiration to Enterprise. This series will explore the relationship between academia and the entrepreneurial world, with Oxford, and especially Magdalen, at its focus. Events will range from formal lectures tracing the biographies of individuals and their companies, in-depth discussions between academics and entrepreneurs, and provocative debates between various sectors.

Magdalen College is a constituent college of Oxford University. It was founded in 1458 by Bishop William of Waynflete; it is now one the most academically successful colleges of Oxford. In 1991 Magdalen co-founded the Oxford Science Park as a 50/50 joint venture to deliver high-quality commercial offices and laboratories for science and technology-based companies. In 2016, Magdalen bought out its partners and took full ownership of the Science Park, ushering in a new phase of investment in new start-ups and international companies.

The series is supported by The Oxford Science Park and OX1 Incubator.


Michaelmas Term 2019

31 October 2019, 5.30pm – Magdalen College Auditorium

Prof Constantin Coussios FREng, “From Magdalen College to the Magdalen Centre: Challenges and Opportunities of Academic Entrepreneurship” – this event is free but booking is essentialFollow this link for booking.

21 November 2019 – Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Jerusalem Room

Jason Crabtree (CEO and co-founder of QOMPLX, MSc Magdalen/Rhodes 2008) will be in conversation with Dr James Semple (MPLS) “The Path to QOMPLX: the search for ground truth in risk management ” – this event is free but booking is essential. Follow this link for booking.

28 November 2019 5.30pm – Magdalen College Auditorium

Leah Thompson, Senior Knowledge Exchange Officer in the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team (KEIT) and the lead for Enterprising Oxford at the University of Oxford, will lead a discussion around the question “Is Oxford good for entrepreneurship?” Follow this link for booking.

Hilary Term 2020

20 February 2020 5.30pm – Magdalen College Auditorium

Professor Liam Dolan, FRS, Sherardian Professor of Botany at Magdalen, will share his experience in spinning out from botanical research to an AgTech start-up whose goal is to intervene in the world’s growing herbicide crisis. Contact for booking.

Trinity Term 2020

Wednesday 20th May at 6pm – Live webinar

Alumni Stephen Newton and R.A. Williams on “What do entrepreneurs need now? Entrepreneurship during COVID-19 and beyond”. This talk will be recorded and the link will be shared with participants and upon request. Contact to book and you will receive the webinar link beforehand.

Thursday 25th June at 8am – Live webinar

Magdalen Fellow and Professor of Engineering, Robin Cleveland, talks to Magdalen DPhil candidates Rob Staruch, one of OxVent’s founders; and Tom Kirk, a key member of the OxVent team, about the process of inventing and developing a ventilator in rapid response to Covid-19. Contact to book and you will receive the webinar link beforehand.