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 SETsquared@exeter.ac.uk.

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.

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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 (www.theasonesite.com) 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.