Bespoke innovation services from the Oracle.
Execution and advice in Innovation, R&D, Higher Education, Business Growth and Entrepreneurship.
Oxford Oracle is unique: our primary driver is to engage in truly useful innovation whilst forging lasting partnerships. Whilst we appreciate that our sustainability is dependent on some financial prudence, profit is not our primary consideration.
The long chronicle of the Oracle is regrettably hazy. Our library holds a grant of letters patent from King James I which dates to the seventeenth century. That said, we are not certain that the appointee was a practicing fellow of the Oracle! Our records show that the Oracle has existed on both incorporated and unincorporated bases over an extended history. The Oracle is nothing if not pragmatic and, for a time in the early 20th Century (when UK income and profit taxes were judged to be onerous), the bulk of the Oracle’s activities were temporarily relocated to the United States. Happily, we are now safely headquartered back in Oxford (England) whilst we maintain either physical or legal presences on four continents.
Where other consultancies and advisors may need to prioritise annual or even quarterly earnings results, the Oracle is able to deploy a business model which is adaptively commercial (and, when necessary, drawing on resources accrued throughout its history) to support initiatives which are important to us even if near-term prospects are limited. Our Investment Council furnishes a number of client subsidies and speculative investments each year.
In respect to those fellows who preceded us within the Oracle, we preserve the triglyph structure as well as post titles which pay homage to the traditions of Latin rigour and scholarly monasticism. However, we are certainly not a religious organisation and, indeed, we staunchly prize our open-minded secularism which allows us to work at critical innovation axes around the globe. We respond to other frequent specific queries elsewhere.
Over 90% of our work is done with repeat clients and partners. This is abundant evidence of the value that we provide.
A few examples of our past work are included below. A fuller listing can be found here.
Challenge: The Wildlife Trusts in Wales sought to re-introduce beavers some 500 years after their regional extinction. To maximise the chances of successful re-introduction, they identified an urgent need to create a monitoring programme that could rely on citizen scientists from across the country to willingly undertake meaningful reporting. To achieve this, they needed a…
Challenge: A multinational corporation with considerable resources sought to diversify away from its traditional focus upon selling cigarettes and other tobacco-based products into selling non-combustible nicotine-based solutions and other consumer products. As a key element of this initiative, Oxford Oracle was asked to provide its Marketing and Human Resources teams in both the UK and…
Challenge: The intellectual property (IP) unit of an inter-governmental organisation in the agriculture sector sought to improve its internal processes and augment its staff base to cope with the expanding requirement to assess new and novel technologies whilst rationalising an extremely large IP portfolio. The Oracle’s Solution: Four fellows from a cross-section of relevant scientific…
Challenge: A client with extensive interests in retail, consumer-goods manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, and real estate sought to create a new world-class university in Southeast Asia. It wished to do so for social benefit and to fill gaps in the current Higher Education provision. The Oracle’s Solution: The Oracle drew on its specialist Higher Education Strategy…
Challenge: A large venture capital fund with a focus on patient capital approaches sought to establish a pre-incubator programme for new founders and managers who are drawn from university environments. The client was concerned that entrants into its established incubator programme tended to face two key challenges: They struggled to articulate the customer problem that…
Challenge: A multinational company focussing on consumer electronics sought to improve its early-stage intelligence and market access to six broad technology sectors. They relied on the Oracle to provide these services. The Oracle’s Solution: Disciplinary experts were appointed from within the Oracle’s fellowship to head each of the six technology sectors. Each of these lead…
Challenge: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development determined to finance projects which would promote entrepreneurship in several Balkan nations and encourage them further towards open market-oriented economies. Part of this initiative included finance for the development of science parks to be tightly articulated with existing multipartite bases of research. These science parks needed to…
Challenge: A corporation from the semiconductor industry sought to provide its key R&D staff in best practice in innovation identification, capture, IP protection, road-mapping and project management, and market exploitation. The Oracle’s Solution: The Oracle drew on a hybrid professional development delivery model to train over 60 individuals from within this organisation. Two weeks of…
We would be delighted to have an exploratory discussion at any stage.
Discussions are confidential and without obligation on any side.
Our priority is establishing long-term partnerships and we have seen that the most productive initiatives may take years or even decades to bear fruit.
In principle, we are happy to join you in your journey at any point: according to your need, we can deploy rapidly or wait patiently whilst potentially assisting you to achieve stakeholder buy-in and to obtain financial support.
We do not anticipate being able to take on all projects. Equally, we quite accept that other organisations will sometimes be better placed than us to provide support. Where we are unable to assist, we will be pleased to make introductions to alternative consultancies which you may wish to consider.
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