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ABOUT SETSQUARED

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 £3.9bn 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.

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 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.
5,000+

5,000+

businesses supported since 2002

£15.7bn

£15.7bn

contributed to the UK economy

15.6k

15.6k

jobs have been created with our help

Meet SETsquared

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  • Di Galpin

    Di Galpin

    Director of Research and Innovation Services, University of Southampton

  • Dr Neil Hayes

    Dr Neil Hayes

    Assistant Director, Enterprise & Innovation Programmes, University of Exeter

  • Dr Jon Hunt

    Dr Jon Hunt

    Director of Research & Enterprise Development, University of Bristol

  • Professor Mark Spearing

    Professor Mark Spearing

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

  • Professor Jonathan Knight

    Professor Jonathan Knight

    Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Bath

  • Caroline Fleming

    Caroline Fleming

    Director of Innovation Strategy, Incubation & Enterprise, University of Surrey

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Southampton logo
  • University of Surrey