SETsquared supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation. The Partnership works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy; support services and office space; practical help from experienced entrepreneurs and help with access to funding.

SETsquared Partnership

Whether it's an entrepreneur with an idea or a very early stage, high-tech start-up company SETsquared's mission is to help turn an innovative spark into a thriving, commercial business.

As well as business creation, SETsquared also has a role in emdedding entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour within Universities through a programme of student enterprise activity and supporting researchers and academics to realise the commercial and social impact of their research.

The SETsquared Partnership aims to accelerate the growth of high-tech start-up companies through Business Incubation Centres, develop student entrepreneurship and help academic researchers realise the commercial impact of their work.

Business Acceleration Centres & Start-up Support

SETsquared operates Business Acceleration Centres providing space and support for early-stage, high-growth potential technology ventures to help them develop into viable trading businesses. Technology Start-ups are given a bespoke package of support, which includes:

  • access to industry specialists, investors, business mentors and guidance from centre-based experts
  • regular business review panel
  • physical office space and facilities if required or virtual membership for start-ups who wish to access the services without the desk space

Research Commercialisation

SETsquared universities have cultivated an environment which is conducive to academics commercialising their research and working with industry to ensure the impact of the combined research portfolios is maximised for social and economic benefit. Helping researchers to work more innovatively SETsquared helps external business tap into the resources and expertise available within universities.

Student Enterprise

SETsquared encourages student entrepreneurship and provides opportunities for student enterprise groups to share their ideas across the five Universities. Through a tailored programme of activities and events, students can gain valuable hands-on business experience and access expertise in order to get their own ventures off the ground.

About SETsquared

The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between five leading research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.  Established in 2003 and funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), the Partnership is a focus for enterprise activity and new business creation for the five university partners.

For more information contact:

Service Provider

SETsquared Partnership


07973 281 498




University of Southampton, Building 37, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ