News release

Date: 14th October 2014

University business incubator makes national entrepreneur award finals

SETsquared has been named as one of the UK’s most dedicated champions of entrepreneurs.


UK, 14th October 2014 – SETsquared has been named as one of the UK’s most dedicated champions of entrepreneurs.
The partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey has been named as a finalist in the Entrepreneur Champion of the Year category of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

SETsquared will go on to compete in the national finals in November after judges were impressed by its nomination, which showed how it has supported over 1,000 entrepreneurs over more than a decade.

Over the last 11 years SETsquared has nurtured over 1,000 high tech start-ups, and helped them to raise £1bn in investment. Entrepreneurs and start-ups that have received help from SETsquared have created world-changing technologies, including swine flu detection kits, ground-breaking crowd sourcing websites and microchips that help people in remote areas create their own phone networks. Importantly, SETsquared’s championing of and support for entrepreneurs has resulted in the creation and growth of swathes of successful businesses that have gone on to contribute to the UK economy and create employment.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “We’re delighted to be nominated for a Great British Entrepreneur Award, and see it as a real testament to the hard work and knowledge of everyone involved. We’re very proud of the work we do with entrepreneurs and start-ups and it’s fantastic to be recognised for that.”

Simon Burton, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy. They question the received wisdom, drive change and create opportunities. They rescue failing industries and invent entirely new ones. Entrepreneurs make something of nothing.”

The Entrepreneur Champion of the Year category celebrates the organisations that give unwavering support to entrepreneurs. Among the help SETsquared provides for entrepreneurs is business mentoring, access to investors, training and links to influential bodies and organisations.

The winners of the award will be announced on November 19. Follow @setsquared on Twitter for live updates from the night.

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About SETsquared:
SETsquared is a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which specialises in growing high tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other acceleration services.

It provides mentoring, access to investors and corporates and a wide range of industry experts through its network and training programmes.

Its business incubation programme is ranked the best in Europe and second in the world and over the last decade it has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment.

It provides services from its innovation centres at the five universities but also supports companies virtually, giving every member access to the world leading business support.

Find out more at www.setsquared.co.uk.

For further information please contact:
Laura Downton at Carswell Gould
T: 023 80 238001
E: laura[at]carswellgould[dot]co.uk

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