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Applicant Criteria: INVEST@20

  • Applicants are eligible if they are members of one of our SETsquared Universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) incubators or a member of the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate rigorous market validation, a strong and viable business model and the potential for continued growth and development and the social and environmental impact of their business.
  • Applications are welcomed where the company is looking to raise growth investment. The range of investment sought must be between £250k and £5m.
  • We do not usually accept applications from companies that took part in SETsquared Invest 2021 or GradInvest 2021, if you feel good reason you should be considered for this year’s showcase please discuss with your SETsquared representative 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 07415 666896.

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