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SETsquared Exeter community

SETsquared Exeter community

A dynamic community of student entrepreneurs, start-ups and corporate companies

Let’s be honest, starting a business is not easy - but help and support is at hand. By working with SETsquared Exeter you can benefit from our thriving entrepreneurial community which comes together to learn from each other, foster entrepreneurship and enable knowledge transfer in a rich and inclusive environment.  

SETsquared Exeter is an active member in the South West’s regional innovation ecosystem. We work in partnership with a range of support providers, office space providers, accelerators, networks and events to grow the entrepreneurial capacity of the region.  

Those community members that we can signpost and make effective introductions include:


Exeter City Futures: Exeter City Futures is creating a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive place for future generations by analysing and addressing the big transport and energy challenges facing our city.

Velocities accelerator programme: established in December 2017 by Global City Futures in response to the emerging transformational goals of Exeter and the desire to build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in the forward thinking City of Exeter.

Heart of the South West Growth Hub: providing independent diagnosis and referrals to existing business support services.

Innovate to succeed programme: designed to stimulate innovation, improve competitiveness and reduce the risks of and improve the efficiency of launching a new product or service.

Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab: helps small businesses to create value by exploiting the potential of the environmental futures and big data expertise, skills and data within its seven partners.

Fast Track to Growth: Fast Track to Growth is Devon’s only free business growth programme, run by businesses in Devon for businesses in Devon.

As a business based in the region you could generate extra value to you by working with all of these partners.


SETsquared Exeter is part of the larger SETsquared partnership of Universities, through these extended networks we can connect you to national programmes such as:

Pitch @ Palace: The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace to provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs.

UK Space Agency: The UK Space Agency funds a variety of space missions and programmes.

European Space Agency: ESA Business Applications has enabled data from satellites to transform businesses on Earth. They have already invested €200m in launching innovative services in over 500 businesses.

Academic Health Science Network: The AHSN are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.

These can all provide sectoral expertise, insight and market access.

Networking events

Castle Demos: an opportunity to meet members of the Exeter startup community; to share ideas, network, give and receive feedback and support to help you move your business idea to the next stage.

Startup Weekend: In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.

Venturefest: Venturefest South West champions the most cutting edge innovation, technology and entrepreneurship coming out of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology: (Exist) showcasing science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in Exeter.

Tech Exeter: a focus point for all things tech related in the regional capital of Exeter.

University of Exeter: globally recognised centre of research excellence, with expertise, facilities and people who can make a real difference to your business.

SETsquared Exeter is part of the University of Exeter meaning members can reap the benefits of the close working relationship between SETsquared Exeter and the University of Exeter’s world-class business engagement activities.

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