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Investment Futures 24
Applicant Criteria

  1. Applicants are eligible if they are member from one of the below:

    • a spin-out from a SETsquared partner university
    • a founder of student-led innovation start-up from a SETsquared partner university 
    • a member of one of our SETsquared Business Acceleration Centres:
        • SETsquared Bath
        • SETsquared Bristol
        • SETsquared Cardiff at Cardiff Innovations@sbarc
        • SETsquared Exeter Business Accelerator
        • SETsquared Southampton at University of Southampton Science Park
        • SETsquared Surrey at Surrey Research Park
    • a member of one of our SETsquared programmes:
        • Future Economy Fund
        • Green Futures and Creative Tech for the South West
        • FWD
        • HSTEA
        • UKTIN
  2. All applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear product-market fit, a strong business model, revenues and solid traction and the potential for continued growth to scale. They must be ready to raise funds. We are also keen to showcase companies with solutions that can have a social and environmental positive impact.
  3. Applications are welcomed where the company is looking to raise investment. The range of investment sought must be between £250k and £5M.

If you took part in SETsquared@20 in December 2022 and you think there are good reasons for you to apply for a place on the Investment Futures 24 Showcase (change of strategy, dramatically different proposition, a new investment round and a fundamentally different investor pitch) please discuss with your local centre manager or SETsquared contacts prior to making the application.

Investment Success

Many of the companies involved in previous showcases that were seeking investment for development and growth have been successful or are in negotiations to secure funds. Some companies, on reflection, felt that growth through previously established revenue streams was more appropriate. Others concentrated on gaining initial customer orders to strengthen their value to investors before formally approaching this community. Figures show that the total raised by companies who have participated in the event over the previous eighteen years exceeds over £120m.


If you have any questions regarding the selection process or investment programme please email [email protected] or call Emilie King on 07721 747449.

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