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SETsquared Conference 2020

9th January 2020

University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine





Keynote – David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

Q&A – Simon Bond, Innovation Director, SETsquared Partnership


SETsquared 2020 – Karen Brooks, Programme Director, SETsquared Partnership

What did we deliver in 2019 against the business plan and where should we focus for 2020 and beyond?


Panel #1 – What can the Enterprise Agenda offer Researchers? Click here to see more information on our panellists

A look on how SETsquared can add value to the impact agenda and the development of researchers and research. What are the gaps, the challenges and the emerging opportunities? Plus, a look at the touch points between sector specialisation, talent and innovation.

Chair: Simon Bond, SETsquared Innovation Director, SETsquared Partnership

Panellists: Alisdair Jones, Author ‘From Researcher to Riches’ for Octopus Ventures, Tim Lafferty, Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate Venturing & Global University Venturing  and Di Galpin, Head of Technology Transfer, University of Southampton


Lunch & ‘Inspiration Avenue’ with Soap Box Pitches

SETsquared is a rich pool of talent, creativity and fresh thinkers. So come on down to Inspiration Avenue to see some of the great initiatives that are going on across (and sometimes under the radar of) the Partnership. These showcased activities will also be providing short soap box pitches so you can hear more about what they are doing.

Soap Box Pitch Schedule

Impact Business Briefing – University of Bath – Daniel Oliver
BAME Diversity Project and Breakthrough Bursary – University of Bristol – Paul Forster
New Foundation Programme – University of Exeter – Ben Voysey TBC
The EP aspect and how it can be used as pipeline for incubation and a support tool for the earlier stage of company – University of Surrey – Keith Dixon
HATCH Startup Design Challenge – University of Exeter – Emily Davies
The Charity Project – SETsquared Central Team – TBC
Small People Solving Big Problems – SETsquared Central Team – Andrea Kelly
Social Impact Showcase – SETsquared Central Team – Andrea Burroughs


Panel #2 – What are the future opportunities for SETsquared’s support for Growth Companies? Click here to see more information on our panellists

The purpose of the session is to discuss how can we support entrepreneurs and their business growth in the current environment? We will hear from a panel of SETsquared practitioners and a special guest who’ll address what is state of the art for business-university ecosystems and how can SETsquared stimulate business investment & growth?

Keynote Introduction: Barry Carter, Partner, KPMG LLP (UK)

Chair: Caroline Fleming, Centre Director and Head of Incubation, SETsquared Surrey

Panellists: Barry Carter, Partner, KPMG LLP (UK), Jo Allatt, Senior Policy Advisor, Research England, Steve Mayers, Head of Scale-Up Programme, SETsquared Partnership


Panel #3 – Where can SETsquared add value on the increasingly important Student Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange agenda? Click here to see more information on our panellists

What’s the latest in student enterprise and in developing future talent for start-ups and scale-ups? Plus, how do we make sure we address the needs of diverse student groups and include everyone?

Chair: Kat Mack, Student Enterprise Manager, University of Surrey

Panellists: Neil Coles, Director, Enterprise Educators UK, Emily Davies, Student Start-Up Manager, University of Exeter and Jordan Harry, CEO, StudyFast

Coffee Break


Closing panel – The Year Ahead and Preview of Practice Group’s Agendas for 2020

Chair: Simon Bond, Innovation Director, SETsquared Partnership

Panellists: Siobain Hone, Student Enterprise Practice Group Chair, David Woolley, Research Commercialisation Practice Group Chair and Caroline Fleming, BACs Practice Group Chair


Awards and Networking

Click here to vote for your SETsquared Star Award winner!


Event Close


Practice Group Dinner(s) (Optional)

Business Acceleration and Student Enterprise Groups Confirmed



9.00am – 1.00pm – Practice Group Meetings with teas and coffees

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