New innovation skills & technology programme for financial services sector

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From the rise of AI to ongoing changes in financial regulation, equitable access to financial services, to the opening of access to personal financial data, the financial services sector currently faces many challenges and opportunities.  That’s why a team of four leading universities (University of Bristol, West of England, Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian) are collaborating…

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SETsquared Bristol companies create a record 300 new jobs

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We are pleased to announce that our member companies created a record 300 new jobs in 2023. They also generated over £45 million in revenues and raised a combined £50 million in funding. The sectors with the highest number of jobs created were fintech, healthtech and engineering. Seventeen of the new jobs were created by…

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Winners announced – Innovate UK Unlocking Potential Award

Two of the women founders of Eleria standing together smiling in front of foliage

Four SETsquared Bristol companies have secured funding from Innovate UK’s Unlocking Potential: Build Award to accelerate their innovations into development. Eleria, Inclued AI, and SpatialCortex Technology have each received a £50k grant and access to tailored mentorship and support programmes. The Innovate UK competition is investing a combined £6.2m into innovative projects with the…

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Bristol startups pitch at SETsquared’s 20th annual investment event

Kailash Manohara Selvan from SpatialCortex with Jack Jordan Connelly at SETsquared Investment Futures event

Six of our companies were selected to present their startups at SETsquared’s Investment Futures 24 showcase in London this November. Investment Futures is an annual high-profile occasion that over its 19-year history has showcased hundreds of the best UK technology, science and innovation-led startups across six SETsquared centres, helping them raise more than £160m. SETsquared…

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A record 45% of funding raises led by women

A record 45% of total funds raised by our companies were led by women in 2022. Women raised £15 million of the total £33 million raised by 85 of our companies. This is testament to our long-term focus for inclusivity within the tech sector which includes our programmes, Enterprising Women and Breakthrough Bursary. Our new…

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Bristol startups shine at SETsquared@20 Investment Showcase and Impact Awards

Kim and Optect at Invest 2022

SETsquared celebrated its 20th anniversary in style with a bumper edition of its annual Investment Showcase and an awards celebration night, which recognised member companies which have had a significant social, environmental, or economic impact. Over 200 investors and funders came together at Church House, Westminster, to see the latest crop of SETsquared-backed startups, spin-outs…

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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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