Most recent update on the SETsquared's news and activities

Newsletter Issue 2

Winter 2012


Sean Fielding, Chair of the SETsquared Partnership

I was appointed as Chair of the SETsquared Management Group in September, and I’m delighted to say that 2012 has been another busy and successful year for the Partnership.
One of the high points of the year was our 9th successful Investment Showcase event, at which twenty of our best start-up companies were on show. You can read more about the event in this newsletter as well as some notable company successes, including Karus Therapeutics raising $7.6 million investment.

As a Partnership, our overarching aim has always been to stimulate the UK’s economy and create jobs and we will continue to do this by supporting start-ups through our business acceleration centres; supporting academics to maximise the impact of their research with industry and developing entrepreneurial skills and behaviour in our students who will create the companies of the future.

I would like to thank Keith Robson of Surrey who has led the partnership brilliantly through the past three years  and has helped create the UK’s best partnership for University enterprise.

 Sean Fielding, Chair of the SETsquared Management Group


Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills (second from left) at the Investment Showcase

The 9th SETsquared Investment Showcase demonstrates the best of British Innovation

This year’s Investment Showcase was once again a hugely impressive event. With twenty high tech, start up companies on show, demonstrating innovations across sectors including energy generation, farming, enterprise software, clean technology, mobile apps and e-commerce, the event was attended by over 140 investors.

Image above shows Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills (second from left) and Prof. Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive, University of Exeter (second from right) meet with the ventures. 


Cells in a laboratory

SETsquared-supported research to improve stem cell therapy results

Collaboration between two universities in the USA and UK, supported by funding from the SETsquared Partnership, looks set to help improve the results of stem cell therapies for brain and spinal cord injuries, strokes and diseases such as Parkinson’s.

OpenDOOR Open for Business - Free software available to researchers and developers


UKBI logo

SETsquared Bristol business incubator wins national award for outstanding contribution

The director of the Bristol SETsquared Centre, Nick Sturge, has received the 2012 "Outstanding Contribution to Business Incubation" award at the UKBI Conference in Lincoln. UKBI is the national trade body for business incubators.



Student named on ‘Hot 40’ list of young entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur from the University of Bristol has been named on an exclusive list of top business people under the age of 30. Sam Harris, who is in his final year studying Biological Sciences, has made Shell LiveWIRE’s annual ‘Hot 40’ entrepreneur list - a shortlist of the best and most innovative young business people in the UK.

Kauffman Global Scholars Programme - applications open for 2013

Open to final year Undergraduate or Postgraduate students from universities across the Partnership, this fully funded 15 month programme gives the successful applicant the opportunity to develop a scalable technology business with world class support and mentoring at top institutions in the UK and the US.

Read about the experienes of this year's Kauffman Scholar, Alistair Shepherd, in his blog story - The Failed Marriage of the Engineer and the Businessman.

Entrepreneurial Instituion Challenge Event
3rd December 2012
University of Exeter

openMIC#15: Apps for Enterprise
7th December 2012
SETsquared Bath

Entrepreneurial Institution Challenge Event
12th December 2012
University of Bristol

Surrey 100 Club 
6th February 2013
SETsquared Surrey

Microsoft Imagine Hackathon Cup
15th - 17th February 2013
University of Exeter

Deloitte Pitching Contest
27th February 2013
Deloitte's HQ, London

Bath Entrepreneuship Programme
22nd - 26th April 2013
University of Bath

For a full list of our activities, please visit the Events section on the SETsquared website.

News in Brief

Fair trade: research shows some companies are better at playing fair

Companies using the Fairtrade Mark demonstrate different types of commitment to the fair trade movement and therefore their impact on producers in developing companies is not the same, according to a new review from the University of Bath.

Read more on the University of Bath website.

FoodCycle’s funding boost to tackle food waste

An award-winning food recycling initiative, run by students at the University of Bristol, has wowed judges in a Dragon’s Den-style pitching challenge for charities, winning a welcome cash boost for its work to tackle waste.

Read more on the University of Bristol website.

Children’s role and influence on family justice system debated at the University of Exeter

Baroness Scotland, the former Attorney General and family law specialist, spoke on ‘Children in the Family Justice System’ at an evening reception funded by the SETsquared Partnership. 

Read more on the University of Exeter website.

A new take on the Midas touch – changing the colour of gold

Red gold, green gold - a ground-breaking initiative has found a way of changing the colour of the world’s most iconic precious metal.  EPSRC funded, the technique could be harnessed in a wide range of industries for anything from manufacturing jewellery to making banknotes and documents harder to forge.

Read more on the University of Southampton website.

University of Surrey secures £35M for new 5G Research Centre

A new world centre at the University of Surrey to research 5th generation technology which will revolutionise mobile and internet access in the UK has been given the go-ahead. 

Read more on the University of Surrey website.

Entrepreneurial Blogs

Is this recession breeding our next generation of Entrepreneurs?

A blog by Karen Brooks, SETsquared Projects Director

With graduate jobs being a scarce commodity, students are looking for alternative career choices  as they complete their education. Two students from the SETsquared Partnership have faced that dilemma and have seen starting a business as a much better alternative. 


A blog by Simon Bond, Bath Innovation Centre Director

Venturecannibalism is feeling good about the world. Is it the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius or is the coincidence of two new ‘sharing economy’ start-ups at Bath Innovation Centre just, well, a coincidence?

SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey supporting student enterprise, research commercialisation and technology start-ups. The Partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy. If you have any queries about the content of this newsletter, please contact Emma Blunt
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