Innovative tech companies announced for Tech-Xpo 2022

Sixteen of our member companies will exhibit and demo their innovative products at our flagship Tech-Xpo 2022 showcase on 29 June. The companies shortlisted to compete for Best Elevator Pitch award are: Corus, Grand Bequest, Hope Tech, Inclued, Lurnable, Metasonixx, Milbotix, Optect and Voltric. The annual showcase will take place at the incredible St George’s Bristol with…

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Biomaterials startup Zentraxa announce seed investment

Our member company and University of Bristol spin-out, Zentraxa, has raised capital investment from Future Planet Capital, BPEC and Science Angel Syndicate to develop their innovative Zentide platform for engineering bespoke biomaterials. With generous support of their recently awarded Innovate UK grant, Zentraxa is rapidly moving towards contracted commercial concept development in both medical adhesives…

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Neighbourly move to Engine Shed following investment raise

Our alumni member, Neighbourly, the community investment and engagement platform, is moving into our SETsquared Bristol home, Engine Shed, following another successful funding round of £1.6 million led by Guinness Ventures. This latest funding round takes the total investment raised to date by the company to £8m ($10m).  The investment will help further expand the…

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GenomeKey raise Innovate UK funding to drive life-saving next-gen sepsis diagnostic

Our member GenomeKey, has secured an Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst research award of £950,000 towards faster diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, one of the world’s most deadly diseases. The funding will enable the Bristol-based research and development company to provide rapid bacterial species identification and antimicrobial profiling in the hospital, which will save lives, save money,…

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Lineat Composites raise seed investment

Our member and University of Bristol spin-out, Lineat Composites, has successfully raised significant funds through their initial seed round of investment, bringing their total investment to date to over £1 million. Lineat Composites results from several years of EPSRC funded research by the academic team at the university’s Bristol Composites Institute. This included the development of…

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Giving platform Neighbourly wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Our alumnus Neighbourly, the community engagement and investment platform, has been awarded a 2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country – with the innovation category recognising businesses that demonstrate strong commercially successful innovative products…

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Wearable tech startup SpaceBands launch crowdfunding campaign

Our member Spacebands, who create wearable technology solutions to make workplaces safer, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to help with their next stage of business growth. Investment from Development Bank Wales, Henley Business Angels and Southern Angel Investors Club has contributed to the funding round. After gaining extensive press coverage and 1000+ customers…

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Femtech startup LatchAid secures £1m seed funding

Our member LatchAid, an award winning breastfeeding and early parenthood support innovator, has closed its seed funding round with an ultra-competitive £510k Innovate UK Innovation Loan, bringing total investments to £1m, as testament to its ground-breaking technology and user traction. LatchAid was founded by Dr Chen Mao Davies, a R&D specialist who previously worked on the Oscar (Academy Award)…

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FluoretiQ announces the closure of £1.1 million funding round

Our member and University of Bristol spin-out, FluoretiQ, has today announced the completion of a £1.1 million, pre-series A investment. Their pioneering NANOPLEX technology is a 15-minute proprietary diagnostic platform for bacterial infections.   The round was led by early-stage life science investors, Deepbridge Capital LLP, with significant participation from MAINStream, OION, SAIC and existing investors. This…

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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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