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Meet the Entrepreneurs in Residence

Our team of Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs) bring their own experience and expertise in a wide range of businesses and sectors to challenge, guide and advise you as you grow your business. For all queries please email

Meet the Entrepreneurs in Residence

Chris Howard

Chris is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Rattle - a global community supported by a network of facilities that helps makers of art and culture become company founders. Chris has been a prolific builder of projects and companies that push boundaries in entrepreneurship and the creative industries.

Chris cut his teeth in entrepreneurship at MIT in 2009, then followed several high-profile start-ups, one agency, and a short tenure as the Head Teaching Fellow of Harvard University. Chris is also the Fundraising Coach for MIT's Global Start-up Workshops, an educator in entrepreneurship at UCL and Hult International Business School, and a regular Entrepreneur in Residence at leading start-up accelerators including Techstars and MassChallenge.

Meet the Entrepreneurs in Residence

Alex Light

Alex Light is a serial entrepreneur and a builder of unrelenting positive impact. He has founded a number of start-ups, across a range of sectors, as well as working in sales, marketing, branding and Tech.

Alex has a passion for building companies, projects, and events that make things better and has a natural ability to bring communities together, forge connections and shine light on champions. He is currently busy planning a one-day summit ( in Cornwall to bring together people and projects for world-changing impact.

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David Solomides

David specialises in business development, sales, go-to-market strategies, market segmentation and partnership alliances. David has a dual role, supporting the businesses at Exeter Science Park Centre as well the student entrepreneurs within the University of Exeter.

David had a successful career within domestic and international banking and running businesses in areas ranging from: tech to clothing, recruitment to nanotechnology, and software to education supplies. He is now primarily a Growth Accelerator coach and mentor, bringing his experience, insight and valuable connection to both early-stage and established business’ to innovate and facilitate significant growth.

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Samantha Mickleburgh

Sam has a background in large corporate business, and has launched a number of successful start-up companies herself. 

Her experience spans working for BP, BA and Thompson Reuters and playing a pivotal role in the turnaround of Axminster Carpets, as well as launching start-ups in fashion and retail. 

At SETsquared Exeter Sam offers one-to-one support for business founders on growth strategy and is adept at connecting clients to the wealth of knowledge and expertise available.