The SETsquared Partnership

The SETsquared Partnership

Operates across Southern England


SETsquared is a long-standing partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which specialises in growing high-tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other business acceleration services. SETsquared provides mentoring, access to investors and corporate innovators and a wide range of industry experts through its network and training programmes.

Its business incubation programme is ranked by the University Business Incubation Index as the best in the world and over the last 14 years it has helped over 1,000 high-tech start-ups to develop and raise more than a £1bn of investment.

Independent research carried out by Warwick Economics estimates the economic impact of SETsquared member companies to be £3.8bn over this period, with the creation of 9,000 jobs and that these companies will go on to deliver a further £7.3bn of impact to the UK economy in the decade ahead.

It has physical incubation space in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey some of which are located at science parks and we also offer SETsquared as a service to other locations and specific technology sectors to support the development of high tech businesses. So far these include Basingstoke  and four Academic Health Science Networks and the UK Space Agency.

SETsquared supports the development of a high tech entrepreneurial community in these locations and industry sectors to develop potential tech startups. These companies then go through SETsquared’s acclaimed entrepreneurship programme, which will help them to hone their business plans, tighten their propositions and gain access to investors. If selected these companies can then become members of SETsquared and gain access SETsquared support  offered.  In addition to the access to training programmes and experts who can help accelerate their business, we also have a number of software tool providers who give preferential access to their products at little or no cost.

Anyone interested in accessing SETsquared support or in partnering with us should contact Karen Brooks to discuss the opportunity further



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