Breakthrough Bursary scheme supports diverse founder startups

We’re thrilled to announce that five innovative tech companies with founders from diverse ethnic backgrounds have been awarded our 2022 Breakthrough Bursary. Now in its third year, the bursary provides heavily subsidised membership to our incubation programme including bespoke business support, mentoring, coaching and investment readiness training, as well as access to University of Bristol…

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Enterprising Women showcases new innovative businesses

A cohort of 13 women entrepreneurs showcased their innovative startups at a pitching event on 15th February as a finale to our Enterprising Women 2.0 pre-incubation programme. Now in its second year, the NatWest funded programme helps women-formed businesses to access SETsquared Bristol business support, including coaching, mentoring, pitch training and workshops. The event, hosted…

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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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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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Breakthrough Bursary returns to support BAME tech founders

We are proud to relaunch our Breakthrough Bursary for the third year, continuing our commitment to promoting inclusion and equal opportunities in tech. The bursary supports BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) entrepreneurs in the UK to access business support through our award-winning incubation programme, including university spinouts, and startups from the private sector. Women…

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Neuronostics reach final of global competition

Neuronostics, a SETsquared Bristol member, is one of four finalists for the Nature Spinoff Prize 2021. The finalists were chosen for their potential to translate world-leading scientific research into products and services that would have lasting impact on society. Neuronostics was co-founded by Professor John Terry and Dr Wessel Woldman in 2018. Since that time,…

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Join our team as Entrepreneur in Residence

We’re looking for an Entrepreneur in Residence to join our award-winning team at SETsquared Bristol.  We incubate tech startups – helping them transition from where they are now to where they need to be. We put our founders first, recognising that no two startups are the same, which is why helping them develop is so exciting. Our members benefit from truly bespoke advice crafted around their…

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LettUs Grow and Harper Adams partner to bring the benefits of vertical farming to greenhouses

SETsquared Bristol member, LettUs Grow, an indoor farming technology provider in Bristol, has partnered with Harper Adams University to trial different technologies and irrigation systems within greenhouse and vertical farming settings. With a growing population and struggling climate, it’s never been more crucial to intensify food production in a sustainable way. Many are looking to…

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