Exeter start-up success at SETsquared@20 Investment Showcase and Impact Awards

Exeter start-up success at SETsquared@20 Investment Showcase and Impact Awards

Over 200 investors and funders came together at Church House, Westminster, to see the latest crop of SETsquared-backed start-ups, spinouts and scale-ups pitch for investment, including SETsquared Exeter-supported company, Binit. 

The showcase has become the must-attend event in the investment calendar, and this year’s event was bigger and better than ever, with double the number of companies pitching and an insightful lunchtime panel discussion which explored the landscape for innovation and investment over the next 20 years.

Philippa Roberts, Co-Founder and CEO of Binit said: “The investment showcase is a great event at the perfect time for Binit, as we are ready to scale our tech-led waste and recycling solutions model. The first few conversations we’ve had have been incredibly constructive as we get ready to roll out our new hardware.” 

Joe Pearce, Head of Business support at the University of Exeter said: “We’ve had a fantastic day at Church House. It has been a really good turnout for all the pitching sessions and great to see Exeter businesses presenting in front of a great selection of investors. I’m really hopeful that it will lead to some fruitful conversations in the future.”

Six businesses which are currently supported or have been supported by SETsquared received Impact Awards in recognition of their positive effect on the environment, economy, and society. Exeter’s Impact Award winner was circular economy business, Binit. 

Binit is a next-generation tech-led waste and recycling super broker, disrupting the UK's recycling and waste industry with its customer-focused ethos. Putting the needs of each business together with those of the planet. They are now helping leading brands like Specsavers, Pizza Express, and Dominos manage their waste effectively and sustainably. They are also one of 11,000 employers across the country providing a living wage to their staff.
They are working with top-tier commercial fleet operators to accelerate their transition to electric mobility - not only will this have a significant positive impact on air quality - but it will also help the UK achieve its net zero ambitions. The Showcase and Awards coincided with the launch of Warwick Economic and Development’s independent Impact Report, which estimates that between 2002 – 2022, the total GVA contribution of businesses supported by SETsquared is £15.7bn and created 15,600 jobs. 
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