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Oxford: Apple's Tim Cook opens co-working space for entrepreneurs

By Dan Teuton
11 October 2017

Chief executive of Apple Tim Cook was in Oxford today to launch the University of Oxford's first dedicated centre for start-ups, which includes co-working space at a converted ice factory, called The Foundry.

Cook was due to officially cut the ribbon at the new centre, in Hythe Bridge Street, which has been funded with £3.2 million of gifts from benefactors such as LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman plus support from advisory firm EY.

The Oxford Foundry is a brand new entrepreneurial hub at the heart of the university.

The Foundry aims to support all of Oxford University’s 23,000 students – whether they are lawyers, medics, engineers or philosophers – in becoming more entrepreneurial people.

Key focus areas include:

  • enhance employability through entrepreneurship
  • create an ecosystem to support the starting and scaling of ventures
  • make valuable social impact on our world

The building is a large, easily accessible space that incorporates a cafe and lounge area, and facilities for co-working, socialising, workshops, events and more.  

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