January 2020 - Ben Voysey, Incubation and Acceleration Manager
As we speed through January and with February almost upon us, I just wanted to provide a quick update on what’s coming up for SETsquared Exeter during the first quarter of 2020.
Coming in to the New Year our main focus has been on the SETsquared Business Foundations Programme, which has been designed to provide tech start-ups with a broad range of intensive and structured training.
The 14 stage programme starts with a series of intensive workshops, surgeries and one-to-one sessions, covering key topics such as business strategy, business development, sales and marketing, legal foundations and IP fundamentals.
Current cohort members Agile Datum, Emtec, Treeconomics, Maths Kitchen, IDU Drop, Hubox, Xoom Tools and Co-Charger are all progressing rapidly through the programme and will shortly be entering the next phase, which will begin with structured training sessions on personal development and organisational structure.
As the current cohort has been moving through the first phase we have been busily recruiting business for our next cohort and I am pleased to confirm that we will shortly be welcoming 10 new tech start-ups on the Business Foundations Programme. To mark the occasion we will be holding one of our (now customary) ‘drinks and pizza’ gatherings on the 11th February to welcome the new businesses to the SETsquared fold.
It’s not just programme members that are growing. With over 50 businesses now engaged with SETsquared Exeter, the demand for additional support from our dedicated team has never been higher. In order to provide extra capacity and an enhanced level of support, we are delighted to be welcoming a further 6 specialist Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs) to the SETsquared Exeter team – keep an eye on our website and LinkedIn for further details.
Whilst a lot of what we do is very focused on founders and their businesses, we also recognise that SETsquared Exeter is well-placed to play an important role in supporting the wider business community. With this in mind, we are now recruiting for a Business Community Manager to join our team. The post holder will be responsible for strengthening relationships with other business support bodies in the region, increasing collaboration and cohesion with the tech ecosystem and creating partnerships in new regions. With an active community developing in the region we are certain that our new recruit will be fully occupied in their new role!
So what else do we have in store for Q1 2020?
As part of our commitment to developing the University of Exeter Enterprise Zone (UEEZ), we are adapting parts of our support delivery structure to allow us to reach new geographic locations. Through developing new partnerships, investing in new tech and committing resource, we are looking forward to extending our reach and supporting exciting new tech start-ups around the region. Watch this space – SETsquared Exeter could be coming to a town near you!
These are a few of the headline items for SETsquared Exeter activities during Q1 2020 but it’s impossible to capture everything in a short blog post. We have much more planned over the coming months, including the launch of Discovery Rooms, Founders’ Clubs and funded Interim Executive placements for start-up businesses; please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with all the latest news.
I’d like to close this post by thanking our dedicated professional services partners who continue to play a fundamental role in supporting the businesses that we work with. Early stage ventures require a very specific type of support and it takes a specific type of advisor to deliver this effectively! So a special mention for Tom Torkar (Michelmores), Lewis Banfield (PKF Francis Clark), Ben Travers (Stephens Scown), Stephen King (WSP Insurance) and Graham Heydon (Heydon Innovation).
If you would like to find out more about the Business Foundations Programme, or any other SETsquared Exeter activities, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.