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Ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator, since 2002 we’ve supported 4,000 businesses, helping them to raise over £1.8bn investment.
Our Business Acceleration Programme incubates new high growth ventures. We help you validate your thinking, build a team, find start-up funding and launch an investor-ready business. We create bespoke packages of business support in order to help each start-up become a viable, profitable and thriving businesses. It will include a blend of the support detailed below.
Our industry specialists, talented entrepreneurs-in-residence, experienced mentors and seasoned investors, based at our five technology incubators, are the driving force behind ambitious tech start-ups with a vision to scale up into international markets. That’s why we carefully match your business venture with the right experts, so you get the highest level of structured coaching and strategic thinking to grow your business.
Our handpicked SETsquared mentors guide you every step of the way and a Business Review Panel of experts oversees your business progress to encourage sustainable growth.
We know that start-up funding will be one of your top priorities. That’s why our Start-Up Incubation Programme guides you seamlessly into investor readiness from business planning, investment strategy, sales and team development. Our annual event highlight is our Investment Showcase where you will be given the opportunity to pitch your innovations to an audience of active technology investors with a view to finding investment.
Our high quality, professional workspaces enable start-ups to thrive with 24/7 secure access to a full range of office support and resources within a vibrant entrepreneurial community. Alternatively, our business and investment support can be accessed directly through our virtual membership. Or if you’ve already outgrown your office space, we can help with graduation add on spaces.
Equally if office space is not a requirement for your start-up, virtual membership is also available enabling you to tap into all the other resources available from SETsquared.
Our Business Acceleration Centres operate within and outside the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Our business incubation support and start-up investment has culminated in the creation of over 20,000 jobs with an economic impact of £8.6bn.
The Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter. EX4 4RN Exeter Science Park Centre, 6 Babbage Way, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FNVisit centre website
We are always delighted to hear about great ideas for new technology businesses, but before applying, please consider our entry requirements:
• the idea must be knowledge-based (seeking to exploit intellectual property or novel information)
• the idea must have high commercial growth potential
• the idea must be genuinely original and appear capable of attracting investment
• the team involved in the venture must be open to outside support and advice and actively looking to accelerate their company to market.
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SETsquared has provided opportunities to meet investors and high profile customers at exactly the right time for the business.
Dr Olivia Champion, CEO, BioSystems Technology
SETsquared has helped me develop my commercial understanding which is essential in running a business however good the technology is.
Stephen Kyle-Henney, Managing Director, TISICS Ltd
It is safe to say that without SETsquared plus its teams and collaborators, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are today. Whilst we can provide the innovation, drive and passion, it is the experience that SETsquared brings in implementing these, that is crucial.
Dr Thomas Frame, Fourth State Medicine
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