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SETsquared CONFERENCE 2021

25 – 29 January 2021





Chloe White, SETsquared Central

Chloe has been instrumental in the tremendous progress of the Scale Up programme over the last 12 months. Her focus and attention to detail on the KPI evidence gathering, membership process and programme reporting has been exemplary.

She has shown a lot of initiative to help drive our success. Most notably, her diligence to collate all Innovate UK fund awards and match them with Beauhurst. This has had a major impact to identify new opportunities to work with our members on follow up funding, so causing a significant increase on our KPI’s.

Above all, Chloe is the ‘go to’ person in the team, always there for us and ready to offer her help and support.

Ensuring the evidence and data for the KPI’s are in order and understanding the impacts of KPI3.

Guildford Innovation Awards, University of Surrey

The Guildford Innovation Awards are an annual celebration of the town’s innovative talent.

The awards were a huge success story for SETsquared and the University of Surrey, with half of the 30 shortlisted companies belonging to the University of Surrey’s Student Enterprise or SETsquared Surrey incubator or being a spin-out of Surrey’s.

On the night, with ten categories of innovation in contention, five of the winners came from our SETsquared and Student Enterprise incubators, and one was a spin-out of the University who also took the overall crown for Best Innovation, and a further of our incubated companies three were Highly Commended in their category!

This outcome shows the huge impact of our SETsquared ecosystem locally, from the beginnings in Student Enterprise where young innovators were recognised, right through to the highly competitive and globally important Innovation in Response to Covid award won by incubator members & more!

Innovation Awards 2020

Peter Keevill, SETsquared Bath

I’d have nominated Pete for the Achievement Award but I’m sure he’d be much more chuffed with an impact award as he has been focused on results throughout his leadership of the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub as Entrepreneur in Residence. He has not only hit and exceeded targets through what has been a phenomenally difficult operational period over the last 12 months, but has built and strengthened a growing and popular network of sustainability leaders as a legacy of the programme. You can’t fault his commitment. This is a bloke who has practically demolished his house and rebuilt it to be even more sustainable! All this and he still finds time too be a local pillar of the community and he never misses the Friday evening virtual pub. Want impact? Just add Pete.

Professor Matthew Davidson, Director of the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, University of Bath

Professor Davidson, as Director of the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, has been instrumental in tackling the environmental impact of plastic waste, key to the UK’s industrial strategy for clean growth. Through the Centre, research, and working with companies on their real-world needs, Professor Davidson has been leading the development of sustainable products, services and processes for a circular economy.

His impact and leadership was acknowledged in a recent report entitled ‘Partnerships for the Planet’, from the National Centre for Universities and Business. He was quoted saying: “Working with high growth companies like Recycling Technologies & Naturbeads, as well as with global partners such as Total Corbion, has demonstrated real demand for the University of Bath’s CSCT resources and capabilities in sustainable plastic.” He is cited as finding innovative ways to replace plastic and create more sustainable products through the important contribution of CSCT.

Project: Personal Respirator Southampton (PeRSo), University of Southampton

University of Southampton researchers, clinicians and industry partners collaborated to respond to the threat frontline medical staff faced from Covid-19. Working around the clock the team, developed, tested and manufactured a personal respirator, PeRSo, in under a month. With PPE in high demand, pressures on the supply chain, and the environmental impacts of being disposable, PeRSo was designed to be made from readily available materials and manufacturing methods, and be reusable. To facilitate open innovation the concept was made open source, and is adaptable by local manufacturers to availability of components so it can be manufactured globally. The Business Engagement, Technology Transfer, and Public Policy teams supported the knowledge transfer, influencing government and securing an Innovate UK award for a manufacturer. The team has received several accolades including the Royal Academy of Engineering Presidents Special Award and Professors Morgan and Elkington received MBEs.

University of Southampton PeRSO webpage:

University of Southampton PeRSO-DW webpage:

Royal Academy of Engineering Presidents Special Award for Pandemic Service recognise exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19 throughout the UK:

Evidence week in parliament 16-20 November 2020
The PeRSo project was selected as one of three research projects to represent the University of Southampton during Evidence Week 2020; during which 190 people signed up to the online platform, including 50 MPs, Lords, their staff and key civil servants. Our researchers had the opportunity to schedule meetings directly with MPs or with the Parliamentary Assistants and to inform them about the research findings as well as the policy implications of their projects. Briefing by Professor Paul Elkington (UHSFT) and Tom Baynham (INDO):

The New Enterprise Competition, University of Bristol

The New Enterprise Competition has a long history of supporting exceptional startups, however, there’s been a lack of women applying to the most advanced stage of the competition.

In response, the Basecamp Enterprise Team (Lauren, Faye and Katie) added a 5-month programme of support for applicants to the competition which included being matched with a mentor and exclusive access to SETsquared Bristol’s Advisers-in-Residence. The extra support has been instrumental in helping build the confidence, networks and business acumen of applicants.

Thanks to the 24 exceptional mentors from the Bristol business community and SETsquared Bristol’s support, the calibre of the applications was exceptionally high. We believe this support programme, along with encouragement from our team, helped improve the gender parity of the competition finalists. Previous year’s competition had no women founders, this year (May 2020) seven of the ten businesses were founded or co-founded by women.

Check out the webpage ( or view their two minute promotional pitches here (

This year, student start-up Kaedim won the top prize of £10,000 and 12 months SETsquared Bristol incubation. Please check-out the official press-release here

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