The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between five leading research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.

Established in 2003 and funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), the Partnership is a focus for enterprise activity and new business creation for the five university partners.

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SETsquared's region is roughly bounded by the M5, M4, M3 and the A31 - A35. As one of the richest areas in the UK in terms of GDP, the region is home to many leading research-based technology corporates, universities, public-sector research establishments and successful entrepreneurs. It is also within easy reach of London. Despite this, when SETsquared was created, the region had a lower-than-expected technology start-up rate compared to other similar areas, such as Cambridge or Silicon Valley.

Whether it’s an entrepreneur with an idea or a very early stage, high-tech start-up company – SETsquared’s mission is to help turn an innovative spark into a thriving, commercial business.

As well as business creation, SETsquared also has a role in emdedding entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour within the Universities that we support. We do this at a number of levels - through a programme of student enterprise activity and also by supporting researchers and academics to realise the commercial and social impact of their research.   

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