Close close


Enter your search term below:



SETsquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between the six leading research-led UK universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. As a world-leading 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 5,000 entrepreneurs helping them raise £4.4bn investment.

Independent research carried out by Warwick Economics has estimated the economic impact of SETsquared-supported companies to be £15.7bn, with the creation of 15,600 jobs. See our recent Impact Report

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 six 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



jobs have been created with our help

Meet SETsquared

  • Filter by:

  • Prof. Roger Whitaker

    Prof. Roger Whitaker

    Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Cardiff University

  • Professor Lisa Collins

    Professor Lisa Collins

    Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Surrey

  • Research Commercialisation Practise Group Lead

    Research Commercialisation Practise Group Lead

    University of Surrey | Chair of Research Commercialisation Practice Group, SETsquared

  • Charlotte Watson

    Charlotte Watson

    Operations & Relationship Manager, Business Incubation, University of Surrey

  • Centre Director, Southampton

    Centre Director, Southampton

    SETsquared Programme Director, University of Southampton

  • Emily Davies

    Emily Davies

    Head of Student Entrepreneurship, University of Exeter | Chair of Student Enterprise Practice Group, SETsquared

  • Chris Evans

    Chris Evans

    Director of Innovation, Impact & Business, University of Exeter

  • Paul Devlin

    Paul Devlin

    Head of Research Commercialisation and Impact, Cardiff University

SETsquared is a partnership between

Close close

Mailing List sign-up

  • By submitting this form you agree to our privacy policy