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SETsquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between the five leading research-led UK universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator, we provide a wide range of highly acclaimed support programmes to help turn ideas into thriving businesses.

Whatever stage you’re at – whether you’re a student, academic researcher, start-up tech founder or running an innovative SME – our programmes are tailored to support your venture throughout its lifecycle.

SETsquared in figures

Since launching in 2002, we have supported over 4,000 entrepreneurs helping them raise £1.8bn investment.

Independent research carried out by Warwick Economics has estimated the economic impact of SETsquared supported companies to £8.6bn, with the creation of 20,000 jobs, by 2030 this is set to grow to £26.9bn.

Find out about SETsquared’s track record for success

Some of the world’s most disruptive technologies have originated from University research – this has and will continue to change our business and technology landscape.

SETsquared alongside our partner universities is helping to facilitate this process by putting in place a number of schemes and programmes which not only are helping researchers to work more innovatively but also to ensure external business is able to tap into the resources and expertise available within universities.


Our mission is to turn innovation into thriving business and drive economic growth within our regions and across the UK. We aim to maximise the impact of the combined research portfolios of the five university partners for social and economic benefit and to provide support to academics, students and local businesses to instil an entrepreneurial spirit across our regions.


businesses supported since 2002



contributed to the UK economy From 2012-2017



jobs have been created with our help



Projected GVA by 2030

Meet SETsquared

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  • Professor Phil Taylor

    Professor Phil Taylor

    Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, University of Bristol

  • Siobain Hone

    Siobain Hone

    Chair of Student Enterprise Practice Group

  • David Woolley

    David Woolley

    Chair of Research Commercialisation Practice Group

  • Karen Brooks

    Karen Brooks

    Programme Director, SETsquared

  • Caroline Quest

    Caroline Quest

    Director of Research & Innovation Services, University of Bath

  • Claire Thorne

    Claire Thorne

    Director of Innovation Strategy, University of Surrey

  • Lorna Colquhoun

    Lorna Colquhoun

    Director of Research and Innovation Services, University of Southampton

  • Sean Fielding

    Sean Fielding

    Director of Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey