About the Programme:

The Digital Business Acceleration Hubs (DBAH) programme is a major £2.4m business acceleration initiative funded by the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to set up a network of four business acceleration hubs in Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke and Farnborough.

The three-year programme is targeted at digital SMEs (start up and established) with high innovation and high growth potential.

Supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, it will be delivered by the University of Surrey through SETsquared and local private and public partners.

Support Available:

SETsquared is the global no. 1 university business incubator and has supported over 1,000 companies to grow and develop. Through the DBAH programme digital SMEs can receive funded access to two key stages of support.

Two-Day Entrepreneurship Programme:

This fast-track, interactive programme is specially designed for entrepreneurs with an idea for a new digital technology product or service or founders of existing high-tech companies needing a boost to the next level.

It covers all the essential elements of starting a business such as getting to problem/solution fit, identifying the market opportunity and building a financial plan.

Globally Renowned Business Incubation Support

Funded virtual membership of SETsquared business acceleration support services, delivered through your local hub for up to one year. SETsquared’s portfolio of business incubation support includes:

:: Update meetings with a dedicated EIR/Hub manager :: Access to our mentor programme
:: Client Portal open to all SETsquared Incubation members including discounted deals with software/service providers (including Autodesk and Amazon web services etc.) :: Member networking events
:: Access to the SETsquared Open Innovation Programme - connecting your business to world leading Corporates :: SETsquared Company Newsletter and opportunity to promote company news through SETsquared newsletter (circ. 10,000), website and social media.
:: Access to funding through a range of pitching opportunities including the Bi-Annual SETsquared Investment Showcase Event and Surrey 100 Angel Investment Club


Professional service clinics and workshops
:: Business skills workshops    

Why start a business in the Enterprise M3 Enterprise Zone?

Here is a promotion video for the EZ3 London & South Innovation Valley activity from Enterprise M3, it highlights the excellent infrastructure in place to help you grow your business.


European Regional Development Fund Enterprise M3 University of Surrey

Guildford Borough Council Hampshire County Council Rushmoor Borough Council

Surrey County Council Basingstoke and Deane Tannery Studios Innovation Centre

Additionally we are supported by Growth Hub, Royal Holloway University, Wessex Academic Health Science Network, UK Space Agency, Surrey Business School and 5G Innovation Centre.