Oxford is a city rapidly building a reputation as a leading tech hub in the UK and has a rich history of creating new technology startups with the healthtech sector being particularly strong. Industry is closely connected to and often funded by the University of Oxford, which supports companies at all stages of growth, from idea, spinout and scaleup.

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The Numbers in South East

£31.94 bn Digital Tech Turnover
38,530 Digital tech business count
215,000 Employment in digital tech
£184,000 Digital tech productivity per worker
Source: Source: Tech Nation Tech Report - 2019

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Companies from Oxford

Oxford is home to 5 unicorns, whilst in the last 3 years 106 digital tech companies have been created. With its close connection to the University and a history of research and science, Oxford is succeeding in creating startups in the AI, DeepTech, Space, Medtech and Healthtech sectors. Companies to keep an eye on include Bodle Technologies, Diffblue, Evox Therapeutics, Exscientia Oxbotica, Oxford Space Systems, Oxford VR, Sitryx, Vaccitech and Rezatec.

Recent Acquisitions

  • Sophos acquired by Thoma Bravo
  • Wrapidity acquired by Meltwater
  • Prolysis acquired by Biota Holdings
  • Animal Dynamics acquires Accelerated Dynamics
  • Semmle acquired by GitHub
  • Adestra acquired by Upland Software

Ecosystem Builders in Oxford

Investment Community

  • Business Growth Fund
  • Oxford Technology
  • Oxfors Sciences Innovation
  • Oxford Capital
  • The Oxford Venture Capital Network
  • Oxford Investment Opportunity Network

Key Events

  • Oxford Digital Marketing Conference
  • International Conference on IT and Computer Science
  • VentureFest Oxford
  • OxFest

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