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Specialist innovation & business support
Support to scale your business
Accelerate the development of your products & services
Work with expert mentors & academics
The Porton Science Park Business Hub is funding a programme of business support to help innovative health & life sciences companies to grow and develop.
Porton Science Park in Salisbury is a thriving hub for the health and life sciences sector, making it the ideal base to deliver this training, giving attendees the opportunity to collaborate, network and enable growth across the sector.
We’ve developed a series of masterclasses which will be delivered by our expert mentors, to cover a range of essential business topics which will help you to accelerate the growth and resilience of your business, find the best funding sources, protect your intellectual property and develop and strengthen your leadership. There is no cost to your company to take part.
Meet the Mentors: on the Masterclasses, you will be supported by a team of highly experienced mentors.
We welcome applications from organisations operating in the health and life sciences sectors, that are an SME, an individual entrepreneur with a registered business, Sole Trader, Partnership Organisation, Limited Company (Ltd) or Community Interest Company (CIC, CIO).
Fully funded places on the programme can be awarded to businesses that: are either currently based or have a part of a supply chain in Swindon or Wiltshire; have identified or would like to find potential partners/networks in the area; want to explore business opportunities to collaborate, do research or develop new products in partnership with Life Science companies in the area; are actively considering working and accessing opportunities in the area, including those that are interested in potentially relocating their operation (or some of it).
These masterclasses are designed for business leaders and are a good way to grow your leadership team capacity – knowledge, skills and capabilities.
They will take place onsite at Porton Science Park, and online, delivered by highly experienced SETsquared mentors.
The masterclasses are free to take part in and are delivered by skilled, knowledgeable facilitators who have a passion for the health and life sciences sector.
They are a brilliant opportunity to access some of the training available in our longer programmes, but with the added bonus of being time-friendly. Each masterclass is four hours long, so you can engage in the programme around your existing working commitments and then get back to what matters most. All participants must choose three masterclasses.
As well as tapping into SETsquared’s expertise, you’ll benefit from wider support from the Academic Health Science Networks, which specialise in boosting innovation and growth in the life sciences and healthcare sector and connecting industry with the NHS.
It is a great way to expand your business networks and understand other organisations’ journeys and business challenges.
Rod Lane, Founder, Zelemiq
Yolanda Hill, Founder, Neuronostics
“The 1-1 follow-up session was very productive and served as a great refresher on the content covered during the masterclass. Since taking part in the programme, I have made huge progress on patents for OM Medical, and I’ve very grateful for such a fantastic experience with SETsquared and its mentors!”
Vinay Mansukh, Director, OM Medical
“The session on IP covered exactly what we needed to know and the class size meant that the session wasn’t just generic. We had time to discuss our individual challenges with the IP expert, and it was incredibly useful to help us gain an understanding of the implications of IP. I would definitely recommend it to others in the health and life sciences space!”
Roy Shubhabrata, CEO, Health Innova
Choose from a selection of insightful masterclasses and tailor the programme to your business’s individual needs.
Pick three, including the recommended Academic Health Science Network business strategy.
Date & time: 12 May 2023, 13:00- 17:30
Trainer: Peter Rhodes, Senior Programme Manager, Industry & Innovation at Wessex Academic Health Science Network
Creating partnerships between industry and the NHS is key to enabling innovative solutions to improve health and care services. But as an innovator, navigating the NHS ecosystem and policy can be complex and unknown.
At this masterclass, you will benefit from the expertise of the Academic Health Science Network to understand NHS priority areas, system pressures and infrastructure as well as procurement and regulatory frameworks. There will also be practical support to enable you to build a successful business strategy that addresses this complex market.
Date & time: 17 May 2023, 09:30 – 13:30
Venue: Porton Science Park, Wiltshire
Trainer: Kevin Brooks, Specialist Health & Life Sciences Bid Writing Consultant
Grant funding is an excellent choice for start-ups and scaling companies as its non-diluted, enabling you to keep as much equity in the business as possible; it’s also crucial to accelerating your R&D and growth. But there’s a complex funding landscape, and it’s highly competitive! How can you make your funding bid credible and stand out from the crowd?
As a result of this masterclass, you will explore if grant funding is the right route for you, look at key health and life sciences funding bodies such as Innovate UK and the NHS, and understand how to write a powerful funding application.
This masterclass will be followed by afternoon clinics where participants can get one-to-one support from expert mentors and work on their specific cases.
Before embarking on our sessions at Porton Science Park, why not consider attending some of our online sessions too? Choose from several other complementary masterclasses and brush up on your sustainability know-how.
Date & Time: 16 May, 09:00 – 13:00
You’ve put sustainability at the core of your health or life sciences business. Now, it’s time to effectively communicate your green credentials in order to increase brand loyalty and grow your customer/client/patient base.
As a result of this workshop participants will be able to understand how to best communicate their sustainability ambitions to clients. As well as exploring selling techniques and negotiating with sustainability front of mind. Learn more.
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