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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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Emily Davies - Student Startup Manager

Emily is the Student Startup Manager, programming and delivering workshops, events and providing one-to-one support to nurture and encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University.

She manages the ‘Try’ section of the University of Exeter’s Think: Try: Do programme and supports the delivery of the annual Startup Weekend.

Emily develops connections between the University and the wider startup community in and around Exeter to further support and enrich the enterprise support available to students.

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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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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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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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Lynda Sudlow - Business Support Officer

Lynda joins SETsquared following a career in Sales and Marketing for some of London’s leading chefs and restaurants and more recently as Senior Administrator and Investigator for Flybe. Her organisational skills in administration, investigation, communications and event management are the perfect match for SETsquared’s current growth and expansion.

Lynda assists the dedicated SETsquared team with 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 in both academic and professional services teams and connecting with external business clients who are accessing the business acceleration support services or part of the wider innovation ecosystem.

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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.