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ABOUT SETSQUARED

SETsquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between five leading research-led UK universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Twice 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.

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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 3,500 entrepreneurs helping them raise £1.5bn 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.

Mission

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.
3,645

3,645

businesses supported since 2002

£5.8bn

£5.8bn

contributed to the UK economy From 2012-2017

10,900

10,900

jobs have been created with our help

£26.9bn

£26.9bn

Projected GVA by 2030

Meet SETsquared

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  • 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

  • Dr Alison Evans

    Dr Alison Evans

    Interim Director, Research & Innovation Services, University of Bath

  • Claire Thorne

    Claire Thorne

    Director of Innovation Strategy, University of Surrey

  • Don Spalinger

    Don Spalinger

    Director, Corporate Relationships, University of Southampton

  • Sean Fielding

    Sean Fielding

    Director of Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter

  • Sue Sundstrom

    Sue Sundstrom

    Interim Director, Research & Enterprise Development, University of Bristol

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