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Supporting the sustainable tech sector in the South West


Specialist business support

Support to scale your business

Accelerate the development of your products & services

Work with expert mentors & academics


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About the Programme

The South West of England is widely recognised as one of the most innovative regions in the UK, with a vibrant and established sustainable tech cluster at its heart.

From sustainable packaging and clean fuel to AgriTech and re-commerse platforms that stimulate the circular economy, the region is a hotbed for green tech talent.

This new Green Futures Programme is supported by the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme, funded by UK Government. It’s designed to support sustainable tech businesses to develop scalable and ambitious business models and successfully bid for funding for collaborative research and development with academic partners.

Given the essential role that innovation will play in achieving Net Zero, this programme aims to support the growth and resilience of the sector and nurture the next generation of start-ups creating the green technologies of the future.

Partnering with experts in creating greener futures

The programme will be led by Exeter Innovation at the University of Exeter, working closely with Green Futures Solutions, a global centre of excellence for environment and climate research. The Green Futures focus at the University of Exeter reflects its concentration of expertise with over 1,500 research and education specialists, including the UK’s top five most influential climate scientists according to Reuters, who are committed to tackling the climate emergency, through the circular economy, lifecycle analysis and the built environment to name a few.

The Green Futures Programme will support regional ventures to tap into Exeter’s expertise and explore and develop opportunities to build relationships that attract collaborative R&D funding.

More about the programme

Support to raise funding for R&D

Dedicated support to help you find and successfully apply for appropriate funding calls. This will include help to identify funding, find academic partners and professional grant writing support to craft a highly credible bid.

Who should apply?

The Green Futures Programme is open to companies that are developing products, services and technologies to address pressing environmental challenges including but not limited to renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, waste management, water and air quality, circular economy, green building/construction, AgriTech, and environmental monitoring.

We welcome applications from organisations and individuals including:

  • start-up or SME
  • individual entrepreneur
  • Sole Trader
  • Partnership Organisation
  • Limited Company (Ltd)
  • Community Interest Company (CIC, CIO)

Applicants do not need to be associated with SETsquared’s partner universities in any way.

Fully funded places can be awarded to businesses in the South West which includes Bath, Bristol, and any areas within the counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall.

Expression of Interest

We’ll be publishing dates for the support shortly. Complete this expression of interest and we’ll be in touch. If you have any questions in the meantime, get in touch via [email protected]

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