Our
story

Openwell was founded in 2012 to release the full potential of solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems – by supporting CEOs, building robust business plans, accessing funding, and brokering powerful cross-sector partnerships.

Openwell combines expertise from multiple sectors, bringing the ‘heart’ and ‘hands’ of charity and the ‘head’ of business and finance, supporting organisations in their growth. Initial projects were to a range of small businesses and start-up charities and since those small beginnings, we now count multinationals, funds, philanthropic institutions, and major charities among our clients and friends.

Openwell is a leading social innovation firm. Headquartered in Oxford UK, the Openwell team draws on the rich experience of scholars, corporate leaders and global policy makers orbiting the university and its affiliates.

Openwell is led by a team that have between them incubated and scaled social, environmental and commercial ventures on five continents.

What’s in a name?
We changed our name from Oxford Catalyst Ventures to Openwell in May 2016.

There are at least 20 ancient wells in and around Oxford. These wells were places of community, trade, healing and life. So the name Openwell resonates deeply, both with the calling to unblock the wells of ideas that will change the world for the better, and also with our roots in the city of Oxford.