SETsquared Bristol tech companies raise record investment

We are thrilled to announce that our companies attracted a record investment of £98.8 million in 2021. The figure was equivalent to 15% of the total £636 million raised by Bristol businesses last year, evidence of a promising market recovery since Covid. More than half of our 80 companies raised investment in 2021, including alumnus…

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Startup advice from Stewart Noakes, Entrepreneur in Residence

In the second of a series of startup advice features with our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs), we had a chat with Stewart Noakes to hear his 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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Showcase to shine a spotlight on women-led startups

Eighteen women founders will pitch their startups at a Showcase event on Tuesday 15th February as a finale of the SETsquared Bristol Enterprising Women 2.0 pre-incubation programme. The showcase, live streamed from Engine Shed, is an opportunity to find out about new women-led innovations from a diverse range of sectors, and to celebrate their achievements.…

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Mercia announced as new Investor in Residence service for SETsquared Bristol companies

We are pleased to announce Mercia Asset Management as the new Investor in Residence service for our member companies offering monthly one-to-one investment advice clinics starting in February. One of the UK’s most active investors, Mercia is exclusively a UK domestic investor with a focus on regional businesses that are seeking venture, private equity or…

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New leadership team for SETsquared Bristol

We are delighted to announce two new leadership roles for SETsquared Bristol from January 2022 to strengthen the incubator’s position as a world-leading business support programme provider for ambitious tech companies. Marty Reid will become Director and Kim Brook will become Programme Manager of SETsquared Bristol. Marty and Kim take over from Monika Radclyffe who has…

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SETsquared INVEST 2021 shines spotlight on Bristol startups

Now in its 18th year the SETsquared Partnership’s annual investment showcase, INVEST 2021, took place online on 1 December. Sixteen of the very best UK tech companies pitched for the investment needed to take their startups to the next level of growth. The event showcased pioneering innovations backed by the SETsquared Partnership, ranging from technology to improve…

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Plans announced for FinTech West Accelerator

We were delighted to announce plans for a FinTech West Accelerator in partnership with Engine Shed during the FinTech West Summit at Bristol Technology Festival 2021. Drawing on recently published research from the University of Bristol, our vision is for a collaborative regional programme placed at the heart of a partnership of industry, academia and the regional technology…

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Baking sustainability into the startup cake

On 28 September 2021 we ran a workshop on how to embed sustainable practices into a startup. The session was led by Eleanor Akers, Director of Innovative Energy Consultants, whose focus is on helping businesses grow sustainably. Here we share our top tips from the session. What is sustainability? A useful way of thinking about…

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Inspiring girls and women to find their place in a technology career on Ada Lovelace Day

On Tuesday 12 October, we were delighted to host our fourth ‘Inspiring Women and Girls In STEAM’ event, in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, in partnership with Engine Shed.   Ada Lovelace, a 19th century mathematician, is widely credited as the first computer programmer, and best known for her work with Charles Babbage to develop the ‘Analytical Engine’…

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Startup advice from Anna-Lisa Wesley, Entrepreneur in Residence

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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