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Recruiting talented executives to lead strong university spin-outs

Applications are now closed

Help turn world-class research into successful commercial ventures

Use your experience & skills to make an impact

Support innovations that will change our world for the better

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About the programme

The SETsquared Executives into Business programme is recruiting talented business executives to lead strong and innovative companies spinning out from our partner universities.

University spin-outs, like other high tech start-ups, face numerous challenges. One critical success factor is quality of management, not least because this is crucial in securing further investment. The Executives into Business programme seeks to address this by attracting experienced, talented business executives during the pre-incorporation phase of the spin-out, allowing them to work with the university and academic founders to set up a robust, viable business.

Our partner universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) have a strong innovation pipeline. The business opportunities that arise are not only commercially exciting but have the potential to make a real impact on our society.

Who should apply?

For Executives: We’re looking for skilled and experienced commercial leaders, from a diverse range of backgrounds, to take a leadership role in helping turn world-class research into successful commercial ventures.

You’ll either have been through the spin-out process previously or be very familiar with it; have experience of launching, running and scaling an early stage venture; have contacts and commercial experience in a specialist science or technology-related field; have previously raised investment and/or grant funding.

Remuneration for the role is competitive and is offered against delivery milestones.

For ventures: If you’re an academic from a SETsquared partner university and have an opportunity that may benefit from Executives into Business support, contact your university’s technology transfer team in the first instance.

Applications are now closed

SETsquared is a partnership between

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