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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



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Meet SETsquared

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  • Dr Jon Hunt

    Dr Jon Hunt

    Director of Research & Enterprise Development, University of Bristol

  • Simon Bond

    Simon Bond

    Innovation Director, SETsquared

  • Professor David Sampson

    Professor David Sampson

    Vice-Provost (Research & Innovation) University of Surrey

  • Professor Mark Spearing

    Professor Mark Spearing

    Vice-President (Research and Enterprise), University of Southampton

  • Professor Neil Gow

    Professor Neil Gow

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Exeter

  • Professor Jonathan Knight

    Professor Jonathan Knight

    Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Bath

  • Caroline Fleming

    Caroline Fleming

    Chair of Business Acceleration Practice Group

SETsquared is a partnership between

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