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About the programme

Do you have a business project you’ve been waiting to complete, but need extra skills and resources?

The Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway (IKEEP) is a free programme, connecting your business with a team of three university students to complete a short project of your choice.

It could be anything from a piece of market or competitor research, some analysis of your business model through to the design and implementation of a digital marketing campaign – to give some examples.

Student teams are intrapreneurially trained before undertaking your project and are a mix of undergraduates and postgraduates from different disciplines from the SETsquared partner universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Surrey. Most importantly they will bring fresh skills and new perspectives to help your business.

Each project can last up to four weeks and students will join you remotely on a part-time or flexible basis.

IKEEP is part funded by the Office for Students.

If you are a student wanting to take part, please visit our student IKEEP programme page


Hear directly from previous participants

2,000 students have now received business innovation skills training thanks to the IKEEP programme, with 500 of these students also completing business placements. This video will give you an overview of the benefits and impact of the programme.

“Our IKEEP project included 3 students from Bristol from very diverse academic backgrounds. Being in a team, IKEEP interns worked collaboratively and independently. I was very happy with the outcome as the students did a marvellous job and created a very useful Go-To-Market Strategy for Barbal.”

Dr Tom Bartley, Co-Founder and CEO of Barbal

“The market analysis produced by the students was informative. Though intrapreneurship teams are encouraged to take their own initiatives, sometimes they need more guidance depending on the experience and personalities of the team. An organisation should understand what the team needs and figure out how they can help.”

Sarah Whelan, Human Resources Director at Airway Medical

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from across all business sectors and from businesses across the UK.

You must have sufficient resource to direct and support the team of three students remotely throughout the project.

Find out more about the programme in our IKEEP FAQs for businesses.

Case studies

“IKEEP was great for our business and was worth its weight in gold. The quality of the work the students produced was outstanding and we have kept one of the students on to work on new space engineering projects we have started since we took part in IKEEP.”

Learn about Platstron’s experience working with IKEEP students here.

Sarah Whelan, Human Resources Director at Airway Medical, gives the low down on how the team benefitted from taking part in SETsquared’s IKEEP programme and virtually opening its doors to a team of skilled students.

Read the article here.

Dr Tom Bartley, CEO of SETsquared Bristol member Barbal, tells us about his experience of IKEEP, a fully funded programme that brings together intrapreneurially trained students and businesses to boost skills and provide helping hands.

Read the story here


Buttercup Learning

Buttercup Learning creates engaging Augmented Reality content to educate children on the importance of nature and sustainability within their everyday lives. Its Founder Rachel Mills explains how the IKEEP Programme allowed her to elevate Buttercup Learning’s business practice with the help of three University of Bath students.

How to apply

To benefit from this programme, please click on your nearest university below.

Once you have contacted your chosen university, you will be asked to fill out a project form. All projects will go through a selection process before being offered to student teams.

If you’re not in any of these regions, you can still benefit from this programme, please contact Korneel Verhaeghe.

University of Bath

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

University of Surrey

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
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  • University of Surrey