About

We exist to help tech founders who want to have an impact in the world.

We incubate tech startups – helping them transition from where they are now to where they need to be. Through coaching and training, workspace and a vibrant network of advisers and investors - we offer early-stage entrepreneurs everything they need to enjoy high economic growth while delivering real impact.

Changing the world from Bristol

We grow global businesses from our base in Bristol – the spirited, independently-minded, connected city we call home. In fact, we were born out of the University of Bristol and their desire to see innovative thinking succeed. Put simply, we’ve got good roots that you can tap into.

Putting founders first

No two startups are the same. It’s why helping them develop is so exciting. And why it makes sense to approach every incubation with fresh eyes. We totally tailor our support because fixed timelines and premade processes don’t spell success to us. Our members enjoy bespoke advice crafted around their ambitions.

And our approach works. We’ve been named Europe’s Hottest Accelerator and Global No 1 University Incubator – having already helped over 300 companies, in 27 sectors, thrive. Brilliant companies that have seen over half a billion pounds in investment.

In fact, our members are 4 times more likely to succeed than the average UK startup.

Saying no to barriers

We’re no fan of boundaries, and truly believe that tech should be accessible. As long as you have a brilliant tech idea and big ambitions we’re interested.

Right now, 45% of our member founders are women and 23% are from a BAME background. And we continue to run inclusion programmes, like our Breakthrough Bursary and Enterprising Women initiatives, to ensure our sector is truly representative.

Our history

SETsquared Bristol has been around since 2002, supporting hundreds of promising startups.  We’re part of the University of Bristol and the SETsquared Partnership which means we can offer our membership packages at heavily discounted rates and tap into a vast array of resources and benefits for you if you join us. Read about our partners.

We’re looking for ambitious startups to incubate today - taking the best from all tech sectors, whatever stage you’re at, wherever you’re based in the UK. So, if you want to have a real impact in the world, let's talk.

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We can help you to start or grow your business

Your success is our success

We’ve helped over 300 companies, in 30 sectors, raise over £550 million in investment.