Oxford University, Global Accelerated Ventures, and the research commercialisation arm of the university, Oxford University Innovation (OUI), are launching the World’s First Conservation Venture Studio, The Oxford GAV Conservation Venture Studio (OXGAV).
OXGAV’s mission is to rapidly accelerate novel technologies and innovative solutions addressing the world’s most pressing environmental problems.
The Studio will support the research and development of exceptionally promising innovations by interdisciplinary scientists across a dozen departments at Oxford University and will enable the outputs of this research to be commercialised and scaled around the world.
Technologies deriving from OXGAV will combat biodiversity loss, climate change, confront energy crises, promote human food security, and predict the implications of landscape change, among others. The Studio will also serve as a think tank for thought leadership in conservation innovation.
Professor David Macdonald, Founder and Director of Oxford University’s prestigious Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU, Department of Zoology) will be the inaugural Chairman of OXGAV’s Joint Steering Committee.
Professor Macdonald comments: “The biodiversity crisis threatens the moving parts of Nature that sustain ecosystems and support humanity. Novel technologies expand human capacity beyond previous imagining. What more potent, then, than to combine the greatest problem on earth with the greatest source of solutions, for the shared well-being of nature and people?
“At the WildCRU we’ve been developing technologies to serve conservation since the early days of radio-tracking – most recently we’ve been using individual voice recognition to count lions, and monitoring elephants from space.”
Global Accelerated Ventures (GAV), with offices in London and New York, will bring its expertise as a leading innovation aggregator with large multinationals to bear at OXGAV.
Thomas Buchar, Managing Partner of GAV, comments: “We are distinctly honoured to have the opportunity to partner with Oxford University in the creation of the world’s first ever Conservation Venture Studio designed to solve the planet’s most pressing economic problems, all of which are conservation issues.
“OXGAV will be announcing more partnerships in the coming weeks and we are truly thankful to Drs. Macdonald, Calvert, and Montgomery for collaborating with us to bring the Conservation Venture Studio to fruition. This collaborative partnership will redefine ‘impact investing’ and bring accountability to conservation initiatives globally.”
OXGAV has been in development for 12 months and will continue to onboard multiple ESG-focused funds and Fortune 500 multinational collaborators and partners.