About

About

SETsquared Exeter is a member of an inspiring enterprise partnership between five leading research-led UK universities: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. 

The Global No.1 Business Incubator since 2015, SETsquared provides a wealth of award-winning business support to help turn ideas into flourishing ventures.

We run a number of initiatives and programmes to help students explore entrepreneurial ideas, help researchers work more innovatively and enable external businesses to utilise the resources and expertise available at the University of Exeter.

Whatever stage you're at, whether you are starting or growing your business, our programmes are tailored to support your venture throughout its development.

South West region

Our focus is on regional innovation and building the South West economy, by placing Exeter at the heart of a thriving innovation ecosystem.

Working with the five SETsquared university partners, we are maximising our impact and enriching our offering for social and economic benefit. We offer support to academics, students and local businesses to invigorate entrepreneurism.

Economic impact

Independent research carried out by Warwick Economics has estimated the economic impact of SETsquared supported companies to  be £8.6billion, with the creation of 20,000 jobs, by 2030 this is set to grow to £26.9billion.

SETsquared Exeter’s latest figures revealed that during 2017 our client businesses turned over £11.5 million and have seen a 30 per cent growth in staff numbers. Ten of our company CEOs are female.

Links to the University of Exeter

SETsquared Exeter is part of the University of Exeter’s business engagement activity. Working with us not only gives you access to the world’s best University business incubator but it also allows you to draw on the resources and expertise of a top research intensive University. 

The University of Exeter has campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, is a major player in the region’s thriving innovation ecosystem, a global research leader and member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities.

The University of Exeter can develop solutions for businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes from start-ups and SMEs to multi-national organisations. In addition to the services offered by SETsquared Exeter, Exeter can help you to:

  • Innovate with R&D: Create bespoke research solutions with collaborative R&D for new products and services, access to external funding opportunities to help offset R&D costs enabling you to share the risk and stay ahead of the competition.
  • Transform your team: Collaborate to strengthen your team, recruit new talent and extend your capabilities

If you would like to find out more about how the University of Exeter could strengthen your organisation, visit the website, or email the team or phone 01392 723456.

Get in touch

Enquiries

Our Locations

Science Park Centre
Exeter Science Park

Science Park Centre

The Science Park Centre, at Exeter Science Park offers a location for your whole business journey from hot desking space to larger offices.

The Deck
Innovation Centre

The Deck

The Deck is a fantastic open-plan space, equipped with the latest technology to support workshops and events or you can find desk space to work away on your big idea.

Hot Desking
Science Park Centre

Hot Desking

Space at the Science Park Centre, at Exeter Science Park, provides businesses with the freedom to grow and to realise their business goals.

WE WORK WITH

Partners and Projects

University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Exeter Chamber

Exeter Chamber

Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

European Space Agency

European Space Agency

CASE STUDIES

Success Stories

Business

Waste services disruptor Binit, launches customer-centric app

Waste Services Disruptor

Type of member: Founder

In line with their promise to keep the customer at the very centre of services, Exeter born business recycling and rubbish start-up Binit have launched an app. The Binit app, one of the very first in the UK's recycling and waste sector, was launched in April 2019 and is designed to make it even easier for customers to sort their day to day recycling and rubbish needs.

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Business

£1 million funding helps Exeter firm address cow fertility crisis

Addressing the cow fertility crisis

Type of member: Acceleration

Agricultural engineering start-up, Milkalyser, has received £1 million of funding to further develop its innovative equipment that monitors the productivity of dairy cows.

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Becoming a financial institution in the digital age
Business

Becoming a financial institution in the digital age

Digital Tech with Crowdcube

Type of member: Incubation

For many businesses, crowdfunding is seen as the investment platform of the digital age. Crowdcube, Pioneered by Luke Lang and Darren Westlake who created the world's first investment crowdfunding platform in 2011, has helped more than 500 businesses raise finance and has over 400,000 members - who have invested in excess of 245m.

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Complexity converted to simple models by Exeter firm
Business

Complexity converted to simple models by Exeter firm

Digital Tech with Simpleware

Type of member: Acceleration

Equipping companies with the tools to visualise data and create 3D images was the brainchild of Professor Philippe Young. Based at the University of Exeter, Professor Young was conducting a research project when he had the idea for Simpleware.

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Cracking the problem of flaws in engineering components
Business

Cracking the problem of flaws in engineering components

Digital Tech with Theta Technologies

Type of member: Incubation

Unique technology by Theta Technologies detects flaws in engineering components enabling an early warning of material degradation to such a detailed level, it is unmatched by any other forms of testing. The ultrasonic technology was developed by Dr Peter Armitage during his PhD at the University of Exeter.

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