The SETsquared Partnership creates bespoke packages of business support in order to help each start-up company supported become a viable, profitable and thriving businesses.
Each centre has evolved its own blend of support to suit the companies it works with and the local sector strengths, but examples of support provided include:
Matching each venture with mentors
Each SETsquared centre is staffed with experienced people who are totally dedicated to helping companies grow. Whilst they provide day-to-day support, research has shown that the most successful entrepreneurs had someone to coach and advise them when they started out, so each start-up is also carefully matched with a team of mentors who can provide specialisms and expertise – be it marketing, legal, IP or financial advice – whatever is required. SETsquared mentors are generally people who have started their own businesses and raised finance, so are highly experienced and provide their expertise on a pro bono basis, adding a huge amount on value.
A mentor will usually act as a coach and facilitator rather than a decision taker. Although, if the relationship works well, ventures may want to develop the mentor's role into a more formal management, board or advisory position.
Business review panels
International market access
SETsquared acts as a connector between corporate companies, the start-ups it supports and the research base it represents in order to facilitate knowledge transfer and the flow of ideas and innovation. Find out more about the Open Innovation initiative.