A course designed to help you establish, launch and scale your business.

Developed in conjunction with accountancy firm James Cowper Kreston and Oxford University Innovation, the Structuring for Success programme is aimed at tech-focused early-stage companies within the Oxfordshire ecosystem to help them establish, launch and scale their business.

The programme is centred around three cluster topics and delivered through a mix of virtual training sessions and in-person workshops. Supported by materials, resources, and optional one-to-one ‘ask the expert’ sessions, Structuring for Success guides new business leaders through the fundamentals of setting up and running an organisation in those key foundation years.

Drawing from real-life scenarios, the modules uniquely bring together the legal and financial aspects companies should consider.

Topic Cluster 1 // Foundations for Success

During this session, we’ll cover the foundations you need to help you drive success:

  • The board: composition: executives and non-executive directors, EDI considerations
  • Board purpose & reporting requirements
  • The role of advisory boards
  • Director duties
  • Director vs shareholder roles
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Shareholder agreements and articles of association
  • An introduction to grant, equity, and other types of funding and valuations

Virtual sessions: 1pm-2:30pm on 28 April, 11 May & 25 May

In-person workshop and networking: 4-6pm on 9 June


Topic Cluster 2 // Recruiting for Success

During this session, we’ll look at establishing a team and retaining a high performing workforce:

  • Establishing a team: consultants, directors, employees, interns
  • Talent strategy
  • International recruitment and immigration
  • Remote and hybrid working
  • Incentivising a team: equity incentives, benefits in kind and being an employer of choice
  • What to do when things don’t work out

Virtual sessions: 1pm-2:30pm on 29 September, 13 October and 3 November

In-person workshop and networking: 4-6pm on 17 November


Topic Cluster 3 // Commercialising for Success

During this session, we’ll focus on protecting your IP and key considerations when dealing with commercial contracts:

  • Optimising IP – patents and beyond
  • Patent box and R&D
  • Considerations in common commercial contracts including collaborations and licensing
  • Deep dive into data
  • Different revenue models and impact on cashflow

Virtual sessions: 1pm-2:30pm on 12 January 2023, 26 January 2023 and 9 February 2023

In-person workshop and networking: 4-6pm on 23 February 2023


To be eligible to participate in the Structuring for Success programme, you must be an early-stage founder or part of the C-Suite team of a tech-centric business.

About the course

Each topic cluster consists of three online sessions of coordinated conversation with Q&As, followed by an in-person workshop with investors and peer-to-peer networking. Participants in the course can apply to join individual topic clusters or register for the entire course. For more information on the Structuring for Success Course content, download the Course Programme here.

On completion of the program, alumni are eligible to participate in an ‘advanced’ program of four workshops, covering issues for later-stage companies and founders.

To register your interest, please complete the form below and we will review your application.

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