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

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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Steve Edwards, Centre Director: 2020. Progress in a time of lockdown

I entered Engine Shed in January 2020 as the Centre Director at SETsquared Bristol on an interim contract with a year to embrace the community and maybe tinker with a few bits of the well-oiled incubation machine. Roll on a few months to the challenges of the COVID pandemic and the resultant lockdown that would impose wholesale change on the way that we do everything. Not a standard year but an incredible lesson in how unwelcome upheaval can be good for progress.  As the country…

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Lisa Matthews, Business Incubation Manager: The new SETsquared ‘virtual reality’ bringing opportunities for tech ventures

It was 5:05pm on a Tuesday evening, in the SETsquared office at Engine Shed. Steve Edwards (Centre Director) turned to me and said “well I guess tomorrow’s a good a day as any”. The full realisation of what had just happened started to dawn on me. We’d spent the day in a Covid-management planning meeting (just like COBRA, but fewer biscuits), and had made the…

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