SETsquared Bristol, the University of Bristol world-leading tech incubator, is growing its team with three new Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) from August 2021.
Anna-Lisa Wesley (left), Olivia Champion (middle) and Stewart Noakes (right) have been appointed to join existing EiR, Rick Chapman.
The increase to a team of four EiRs is in response to SETsquared Bristol’s growing membership, which is currently at 85 companies. In 2020, the incubator widened its membership eligibility to founders or companies based in the whole of the UK, in recognition that many aspects of its programme can now be delivered online.
SETsquared Bristol is also looking to launch a new University of Bristol pre-incubation programme in the autumn aimed at university academic researchers and early-stage founders in the UK.
EiRs play a key role in the delivery of the incubator’s business support programme, providing companies with commercial development via one-to-one sessions, business review panels, investment readiness, and introductions to advisor, skills and investment networks.
Anna-Lisa, Olivia and Stewart bring a diverse skillset to SETsquared member companies.
Anna-Lisa is co-founder of a startup advisory service, a business mentor for tech accelerators including TechStars, Accenture FIL, Barclays Black Founders and BGV, and a coach to academics looking to commercialise.
Olivia is a PhD microbiologist, previous Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Exeter, and founder of a biotech and an agritech company. She has media experience as an author, TEDx presenter and microbiologist consultant for TV documentaries.
Stewart Noakes is an experienced entrepreneur, non-executive director, executive coach and mentor. Stewart has started, grown and run multiple businesses in the UK, USA, India and Portugal.
SETsquared Centre Director, Monika Radclyffe, says: “We’re really thrilled to be expanding our EiR team with such a wealth of experience to help support our companies to make an impact in the world. These are exciting times as we grow SETsquared Bristol.”