News release

Date: 21st November 2012

Doug Richard to lead charge to make SETsquared universities more entrepreneurial

University of Bristol and University of Exeter host Entrepreneurial Institution Programme to boost profitability and employability

November 21st, 2012 - The SETsquared Partnership announces that the Universities of Bristol and Exeter will be running four workshops as part of the Entrepreneurial Institution, a series of free events aimed at promoting entrepreneurship amongst academics, students and management staff at further education and higher education institutions.

The University of Exeter will run two workshops on 3rd December and the University of Bristol will run two workshops on 12th December. Doug Richard, former Dragons’ Den investor, will be presenting at the two hour sessions, which aim to challenge universities’ knowledge of entrepreneurship and how it functions within the institution.

Academic institutions face a difficult world of fewer jobs, global competition and increased pressure on public resources. Sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and powered by Doug Richard’s School for Startups, the Entrepreneurial Institution (EI) is designed to equip colleges and universities across the country with the tools to meet these challenges, by teaching and embedding entrepreneurial values and skills amongst all our institutions’ contributing communities.

“These events with the Entrepreneurial Institution umbrella are just some of the ways that SETsquared is promoting enterprise within our five partner universities,” said Graham Harrison, Partnership Director at SETsquared.

“With our student enterprise events, our support for tech start-ups and our work on commercialising academic research, SETsquared is consistently helping to boost employability of staff and students, increase their entrepreneurial skills, and support the UK’s economic growth,” said Harrison.

“The UK needs entrepreneurs now more than ever,” said Doug Richard, founder of School for Startups. “We have to start tapping into the abundance of innovative talent that British universities and colleges have, and help them to unleash their entrepreneurial potential. There are so many brilliant people out there who can be part of Britain’s entrepreneurial future, and I can’t wait to meet them and get down to business.”

The Entrepreneurial Institution Programme is working in partnership with: the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education; the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs; Enterprise Educators UK, Universities UK, VITAE; the Association of Colleges; and Doug Richard’s School for Startups.
To register your attendance at a workshop and get your free ticket, visit:


About the SETsquared Partnership
Twitter: @SETsquared

The SETsquared Partnership:( is the enterprise collaboration of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Together, the universities employ 8,500 academic staff; earn £450m of the UK’s higher education research budget; and produce 11% of all UK university patents.

The partnership has a 10-year track record of supporting companies through its innovation centres, which provide access to industry specialists, investors and experienced entrepreneurs. SETsquared currently supports over 250 early stage high-tech, high growth potential businesses, and 90% of its incubated companies are still in business three years on. In the past five years, nearly £0.75bn in investment funding has been raised by spin outs and incubated companies.

SETsquared supports its student population of over 92,000 graduate and undergraduates to gain hands on business skills and entrepreneurial training through experiential inter-university activities. The Partnership also provides opportunities for industry to access academic ideas with commercial potential and develops collaborative R&D relationships. The Partnership seeks to promote the impact, economically and socially, of its institutions’ research and enterprise activities.

About School for Startups:
School for Startups was founded by Doug Richard in 2008 and has since taught over 10,000 budding entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the globe.
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About VITAE:
Vitae plays a major role in innovating, sharing practice and enhancing the capability of the higher education sector to provide professional development and training for researchers. Our vision is for the UK to be world-class in supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers.
Vitae is supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and managed by CRAC: The Career Development Organisation and delivered in partnership with regional Hub host universities. Vitae works with UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to embed professional and career development in the research environment.
Our vision: “world-class, personal, professional and career development of researchers”
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About NCEE:
National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) is an organisation which aims to stimulate and encourage a more entrepreneurial education sector and create the opportunities for more graduates and learners to develop the capacities they need for an entrepreneurial future.

About NACUE:
The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a graduate-led startup that stimulates student enterprise. We support, connect and represent enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs in colleges and universities across the UK.
A charitable organisation, NACUE works with some of the country’s most exciting and inspiring young entrepreneurs. Established only three years ago, we now reach a network of over 40,000 entrepreneurial students on over 80 university campuses across the UK.
What else?
• We’ve worked with the likes of TATA, Microsoft, and Blackberry in delivering our national events.
• We engage over 4,000 policy-makers, business leaders and university academics across the country.
• We work with more than 200 media contacts.
• Through programmes like our Innovation Fund, we provide direct access to funding for student entrepreneurs

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