Join our network

Our network is an essential part of our culture and the value we give to our companies. Join us to share your wisdom, insights, connections, and to give back and create lasting relationships.

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    Our Advisers in Residence volunteer their time and expertise to support our startups to make their impact.

    See our team of advisers.

    Business Review Panellist

    We hold regular Business Review Panels (BRPs) with our companies to help keep them on track. These sessions are cited as one of the most valuable aspects of our incubation programme.

    As a Business Review Panellist, you have the opportunity to help innovative startups to find out about new tech innovations, as well as to expand your network and give back.

    Panellists are hand-selected for each BRP based on their industry and specialisms to match the company’s requirements. The objective is to provide strategic business advice, to help the company overcome challenges and make the best decisions to progress.

    “As a Business Review panellist I get insight into some excellent companies and their sectors.  It is a privilege to be part of the team providing expert business advice.”
    Ben Trewhella, Managing Director, Opposable Group


    Mentors are an essential part of our network. By freely sharing their wisdom and guidance they help our company founders or management teams to see fresh perspectives, develop new strategies and techniques, and improve their chances of success.

    Becoming a mentor is a great opportunity to work with our founders and early-stage startups to build lasting relationships, give back and expand your network.  Mentors will have typically been a Business Review Panellist before applying to be a mentor.

    Mentor activities include workshops and training, social events and speed mentoring to facilitate introductions. We also make direct introductions where we feel a member company will gain specific benefit.

    See our team of mentors.

    "I've been lucky to have a career that focuses on commerciality and building deep long-term relationships that contribute to success. Being a SETsquared mentor enables me to share my knowledge and experiences to help others to make their own impact."
    Catriona Tully, Director, Linthar Consulting


    We have a track record of delivering bespoke innovation programmes and training to corporates and universities, working with partners including NatWest, Oracle, Deloitte, Digital Catapult and the University of Bristol.

    Talk to us if you are looking to accelerate your pace of innovation:

    • Your organisation wants to be more entrepreneurial or your employees more innovative
    • You want to launch your own incubator, accelerator or another programme involving startups
    “The opportunity to partner with SETsquared Bristol for a second year to deliver their female entrepreneurship programme is hugely exciting.”  
    Cheryl Gourlay, National Women in Business Manager, NatWest


    SETsquared operates as a not-for-profit and we rely partly on sponsorship to deliver a variety of networking events and specialist programmes.

    Sponsors benefit from the opportunity to connect with our companies and the wider tech ecosystem, as well as PR, marketing, speaker slots, and the reinforcement of your company’s commitment to support tech innovation.

    If you’d like to add value to the local startup ecosystem and economy, get in touch to enquire about sponsoring a high-profile showcase, networking event or community initiative.

    "Our 11th consecutive year as headline sponsors of SETsquared’s Tech-Xpo showcase has provided us with great opportunities to build relationships with exciting startups, and to reinforce our commitment to the vibrant tech sector in Bristol.”
    Nathan Guest, Corporate Partner & Head of Technology, VWV


    We maintain great links with the investor community, from local high-net-worths and angels to international venture capital firms.

    We help our companies to find potential sources of investment and facilitate introductions through brokerage and pitching events.

    If you are involved in investment activities or are interested in investing in high-growth tech companies, connect with us for opportunities and to help enrich our network.