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Digital Business Acceleration Hubs Programme

The Digital Business Acceleration Hubs (DBAH) programme is a major £2.4m business acceleration initiative funded by the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to set up a network of four business acceleration hubs in Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke and Farnborough.

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Supporting digital/tech start-ups in the M3 region - Basingstoke, Farnborough, Woking & GuildfordThe three-year programme is targeted at digital SMEs (start-up and established) with high innovation and high growth potential.

Supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, it will be delivered by the University of Surrey through SETsquared and local private and public partners.

Support Available:

SETsquared is the global no. 1 university business incubator and has supported over 1,500 companies to grow and develop. Through the DBAH programme, digital and tech start-ups can receive funded access to two key stages of support.

Two-day Entrepreneur’s Programme

This fast-track, interactive programme is specially designed for entrepreneurs with an idea for a new digital technology product or service or founders of existing high-tech companies needing a boost to the next level.

It covers all the essential elements of starting a business such as getting to problem/solution fit, identifying the market opportunity and building a financial plan.

One-year Fully-Funded Business Acceleration Support

Funded virtual membership of SETsquared business acceleration support services, delivered through your local hub for up to one year. SETsquared’s portfolio of business incubation support includes:

  • Update meetings with a dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Client Portal open to all SETsquared Incubation members including discounted deals with software/service providers (including Autodesk and Amazon web services etc)
  • Access to funding through a range of pitching opportunities including the SETsquared Investment Showcase Event and Surrey 100 Angel Investment Club
  • Business skills workshops
  • Access to our mentor programme
  • Member networking events
  • Professional service clinics and workshops
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Partners

European Regional Development Fund

European Regional Development Fund logo


Enterprise M3

Enterprise M3


University of Surrey

University of Surrey


Guildford Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council


Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council


Rushmore Borough Council

Rushmore Borough Council


Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council


Basingstoke and Deane

Basingstoke and Deane


Tannery Studios Innovation Centre

Tannery Studios Innovation Centre


SETsquared is a partnership between

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