Oxford is among the UK’s top universities for female entrepreneurs

 1 min | By Karen David
 |  | Oct 25th 2019

Female entrepreneurs with degrees from Oxford University have between them raised £0.5bn funding for start-up and scale-up ventures.  

Research by online bank Tide suggests UK universities have produced more than 400 female graduates who have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of pounds’ funding. 

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Female alumni from the top 10 universities in the ranking have between them raised £2.6bn. Of this, £581.7m was raised by 45 women entrepreneurs who graduated from Oxford. 

Cambridge came top, with 46 women founders raising £604.5m. 

Ana Bakshi, director of Oxford Foundry, which supports Oxford University students and alumni entrepreneurs, said in an interview with Forbes magazine: “The Oxford and UK ecosystem around entrepreneurship and innovation is stronger than ever before.” 

The study found that engineering was the most popular subject among respondents who declared their degrees, closely followed by finance. 

Yet the most valuable subject in terms of average sums raised was English, as women who studied the subject raised an average of £33.6m funding. 

London was the top location by far, with a combined total of funding raised at £3.6bn. The research was based on data held in the Crunchbase database.

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Karen David

Karen has a long career in writing and communications in technology, finance and creative sectors in Oxfordshire, the UK and internationally.

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