Blogs

Startup advice from Anna-Lisa Wesley, Entrepreneur in Residence

By SETsquared-Bristol / 21st October 2021

In the first of a series of startup advice features with our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs), we had a chat with Anna-Lisa Wesley to hear her top tips for startups. Our EiRs work with our members to provide support, advice and recommendations drawn from their own entrepreneurial backgrounds and specialist experience. In what ways does your…

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SETsquared Bristol companies see success on Scale-Up Programme

By SETsquared-Bristol / 6th October 2021

Blog by Steve Mayers, Head of Scale-Up, SETsquared Established in 2018, SETsquared’s Scale-Up Programme has so far supported its 280 member companies to raise £45 million in grant funding for collaborative R&D projects, plus an additional private co-investment of £34.8 million. The aim of the programme is to support companies that are on the cusp…

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Paul Forster, Community Manager: Working towards a more inclusive and equal tech scene

By SETsquared-Bristol / 29th September 2021

Anybody with half an eye on the global, national, or local tech scene will know that it’s a primarily a pale, male and stale affair. In other words, whether we’re talking global behemoths or scrappy startups, they’re traditionally helmed by white men.   When I first started as Community Manager at SETsquared Bristol some four and a half years ago, one of the first conversations I had…

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Is your tech business ready for an incubator?

By SETsquared-Bristol / 6th September 2021

Monika Radclyffe, Centre Director of SETsquared Bristol, reflects on what we look for when selecting new members, and the questions to ask yourself before you apply.  We’re experiencing exciting times at SETsquared Bristol. We are currently incubating over 80 high-growth potential technology startups, from a broad range of sectors. Many of our members have gone on to achieve significant global success,…

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Startups Magazine guest blog: It’s time to stop counting desk numbers and focus on productivity

By SETsquared-Bristol / 27th July 2021

This month we feature a guest blog from our partner, Startups Magazine, by Lucy Minton, Co-founder of Kitt. With government changes from 19 July, the question being thrust into the limelight more than ever for many is ‘Should we go back to the office?’ With companies now acquiring the confidence they need to start thinking…

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An interview with Greville Commins: 15 years at SETsquared Bristol

By SETsquared-Bristol / 26th July 2021

We had a chat with Greville Commins, Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR), about the highlights of his last 15 years growing tech companies at SETsquared Bristol. Now that Grev is retiring, we would like to say a huge thank you for his commitment, expertise and dedication to us, the University of Bristol and the hundreds of startups and scaleups in which he’s played a significant part.   Please could you describe what you do as an Entrepreneur in Residence.   As EiR, I use my knowledge and experience…

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Rick Chapman, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Rick Chapman, Entrepreneur in Residence: Never the same day twice…

By SETsquared-Bristol / 5th July 2021

As an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) at SETsquared Bristol, I usually work one day a week sandwiched between other projects and companies I work with. However, I often describe it as the most fun day of my week and I’d like to explain why.  Firstly, every day with SETsquared is different. My role as EiR requires me to be…

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We’re expanding our team with three new Entrepreneurs in Residence

By SETsquared-Bristol / 29th June 2021

We’re delighted to be expanding our team with three new Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) from August 2021.  Anna-Lisa Wesley, Olivia Champion and Stewart Noakes have been appointed to join existing EiR, Rick Chapman.   The increase to a team of four EiRs is in response to our growing membership, which is currently at 85 companies. In 2020, we widened our membership eligibility to founders or…

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Jack Jordan-Connelly, Business Incubation Manager: The importance of networking

By SETsquared-Bristol / 28th May 2021

I moved to Bristol nearly 7 years ago now, a fairly common example of a Londoner that had no real love for hectic London life. I wasn’t long out of university but quickly found myself involved in the Bristol and Bath tech ecosystem and soon discovered my passion for early-stage businesses. In one form or…

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Nicola Hemmings guest blog: Founder burnout: From surviving to thriving

By SETsquared-Bristol / 22nd April 2021

Guest blog by Nicola Hemmings, Doctoral student in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London Introduction This past year has been challenging professionally and personally for many. Building a business presents multiple challenges for new founders and the pandemic has only added to the burden by increasing levels of isolation and uncertainty. Reports suggest that…

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