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Meet the Team

Find out more about the fantastic SETsquared Exeter team waiting to help you. For all queries please email

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Joe Pearce - Head of Business Support for SETsquared Exeter

Joe's focus is on building the community of business that exists around SETsquared Exeter.

Working closely with the client businesses Joe is able to address issues arising as well as supporting the growth and development of the clients through direct interactions or facilitating links to other business and business which form part of the SETsquared Exeter network.

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Ben Voysey - Incubation and Acceleration Manager

As Incubation and Acceleration Manager, Ben leads regular, bespoke training and workshop sessions for SETsquared Exeter members. These help to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to place firm foundations for building a business.

Ben trained as a research scientist and after spending 12 years working in the biotechnology sector he went on to set up and run his own company. The business developed and manufactured specialist high integrity research products (‘reagents’) for early stage drug discovery research which he sold to pharma companies, universities and charitable research organisations in over 20 countries

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Colin Dart - Technology Manager

As Technology Manager for SETsquared Exeter, Colin's role focuses of enabling seamless IT growth strategies and service implementations for those undertaking the entrepreneurial journey.
Working closely with individuals, organisations, industry partners and the wider community to create a platform for innovation.

Delivering this support through 1:1 advice and support, access to resources through the UEEZ Tech Space and via a programme of events, seminars and workshops. All of which are designed to improve technological awareness and achieve knowledge increase, assisting high growth entrepreneurs to innovate to their full potential






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Frances Tanner - Business Community Manager

Frances Tanner has joined the SETsquared Exeter team as our Business Community Manager.  This is a new role for us and grows our resources still further.  Frances will be working to make connections and partnerships between businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, helping businesses to take advantage of all the business support out there already and to develop more help and information where it is needed in future.
Having recently worked in the Higher Education sector supporting business school projects, this experience combined with working within number of high growth start ups as well as innovation centres in the South West over a number of years means Frances is well placed to make the most of her connections and experience.  


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Dawn Baxter - Communications Coordinator

Dawn manages all marketing and communications activity for SETsquared Exeter. This activity varies from newsletters, printed literature, digital communications and events planning.

A crucial element of Dawn's role is to build and foster strong relationships with external partners and stakeholders to effectively  generate and ‘route’ communications and marketing content

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Sylke Thomas - SETsquared Innovation Advisor


In her role as Innovation Advisor Sylke provides support and guidance to scale-up companies to accelerate their growth, by developing collaborative R&D partnerships with academics.

Sylke is part of the Scale-Up Programme, run by SETsquared and is responsible for establishing and managing partnerships between academics and SMEs. This includes identifying and promoting funding opportunities, highlighting the university's research strengths and capabilities to industry and to assist researchers at the University of Exeter to engage with businesses in the SETsquared Scale Up programme and work closely with the SETsquared sector managers to make the University of Exeter research community aware of the research development and innovation potential of these businesses.

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Helen Loubser - Senior Administrator


As Senior Administrator, Helen assists the dedicated SETsquared team by co-ordinating the Business Acceleration Team activity. This role manages the day-to-day operations associated with the incubation of new and growing companies emerging from the University of Exeter and external sources.  Working closely with colleagues across the University, connecting with external business clients and building relationships across the wider innovation ecosystem.

Helen has joined SETsquared following a career within Flybe’s Operation’s department This has provided Helen with a high level of scheduling, problem solving and administrative skills.

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IKEEP TEAM - Korneel Verhaeghe – IKEEP Project Manager

Korneel started working at the University of Exeter in 2016, having previously gained experience in business development and account management. He currently is the Project Manager for IKEEP (Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway), an 'Office for Students'-funded project, training students in intrapreneurship and linking them to business-facing projects. 

Korneel graduated in 2009 with an MSc International Management at HUB Brussels, after spending his final year as an exchange student at the University of Exeter. His academic and professional interests revolve around entrepreneurship and innovation, with a particular focus on emerging markets. 

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IKEEP TEAM - Amber Strong – IKEEP Project Officer

As Project Officer on the Exeter team leading the IKEEP Programme, I recruit and match companies with teams of students trained in intrapreneurship, to work together to share their diverse skills and fresh perspectives through a 4 week project placement as part of the IKEEP Programme.

Utilising skills from an MSc in Entrepreneurship and International Development, I love teaching students practical skills for intrapreneurial innovation while working with businesses to develop projects that enable students to become change makers. Delivering real world impact and knowledge exchange to the regional business community

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IKEEP TEAM -Mark Allinson – IKEEP Reporting and Finance Officer

As the Finance and Reporting Officer on the Exeter team leading the IKEEP Programme, I am responsible for ensuring that the processes used work for all four partner universities and their students.  Finding the balance between a light touch and structure while collecting data that we need to manage, report and promote the IKEEP Programme is a real challenge.

I am engineer at heart, with 30 years in Business Analysis and IT, and I enjoy developing new processes and systems.  The most rewarding aspect of working on the IKEEP Programme is seeing students gain real world work experience that also benefits local organisations.