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For high-growth companies ready to become the tech giants of tomorrow. Fully-funded support available now

Learn how to take your business to the next level and how to navigate the next set of challenges that growth brings.

Access one gateway to academic expertise

Support to develop R&D grant applications

Introductions to corporates & investors

Business mentoring and support from our expert team

About the Programme

Providing you with a tailored package of support as you scale up, our programme can help you to set up and run R&D projects in collaboration with the SETsquared universities, as well as access investment, sales channels and new talent.

Navigating the resources and facilities within universities can be challenging. Our Scale-Up Programme provides one route to establish contact with world-class academics plus their resources and facilities at the SETsquared partner universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey as well as the University of Cardiff.

Equally understanding the R&D grants funding landscape can be time-consuming and knowing how to write a successful bid is a skillset of its own. Working with an academic partner on a grant funding bid application increases the likelihood of it succeeding. The Scale-Up Programme can help identify appropriate R&D grants funding calls and potential research partners from within six universities. We can also provide financial support to ensure a high-quality bid is submitted with the greatest chance of getting funding.

We currently have bid proposal funding opportunities open for the following:

Next-Generation Transport


The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between:


Want to know how our Scale-Up Programme can support your growing business?

Find out first hand from these SME founders how SETsquared support has helped propel them to the next level of growth.

Access to investment

Whether you’re seeking post Seed or Series A investment, SETsquared can offer you access to an active and established network of investors as you scale up.

We have introduced an online Investment Platform where your investment opportunity will be promoted to both active technology investors and corporate venturing teams. Equally, if you’re seeking corporate customers and partners, the Scale-Up Programme will help you identify the most appropriate prospects and make introductions.

Recruiting new talent

We know that recruiting the right talent at the right time in your growth, is a key challenge. Universities are a hotbed of talent and ideas.

Our Scale-Up Programme can help you access the best talent from within our five university partners as well as the University of Cardiff. This could take the form of a number of different placements including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, student internships or graduate recruitment.

Mentoring & business support

Our highly experienced team come from a range of backgrounds and industries with capabilities in business growth, research and innovation, project delivery, technology roadmapping, sales and investment.

The Scale-Up team will draw on their own knowledge and experience as well as SETsquared’s extensive network of entrepreneurs and professionals to help drive your business growth, explore new sectors and identify new customers and investors.

Who should apply?

The programme is open to companies with strong growth ambitions and a current track record of year-on-year growth of 20% and 10+ employees from the following sectors:

• Digital Innovation
• Health & Wellbeing
• Environmental, Sustainability, Marine & Maritime
• Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

You must have an ambition to utilise the knowledge base of the SETsquared Universities to strengthen your innovation strategy.

Kelda has gone from strength to strength and we have a highly ambitious growth plan. The support we have received from SETsquared has been invaluable because it has enabled us to develop our technology and scale our business. We’ve found new customers and raised investment as a result of SETsquared’s expert mentoring and guidance.

Chris Jackson, Kelda Technology

Fill in the form below to apply for the
Scale-up Programme.

We will allocate places based on the strength of the business case put forward in your application and we will be in touch if you’ve been successful with your application.

We value your privacy and will never pass your details on to third party organisations.

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey