University of Southampton

Support for new businesses

Do you have an innovative business idea? The University of Southampton’s SETsquared initiative could offer you the support you need to turn it into a thriving enterprise.

SETsquared – support for start-up enterprises and small businesses

"Starting a company from scratch is an intimidating prospect and a massive learning curve. Having people around from SETsquared to call on for advice and assistance was terrifically helpful, and was an important part of the early days of Karus."

Simon Kerry, CEO, Karus Therapeutics

Our specialist business support services are designed specifically to help high-tech, high-growth companies achieve their potential. Based at the University of Southampton Science Park, our business incubator has already helped more than 30 small enterprises on the path to success.

Bespoke support for new businesses

SETsquared is a partnership between Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Surrey universities

Bespoke support for new businesses

Through our membership of SETsquared, we can help you to protect your idea, market it and attract investment to build your business.

Companies supported by SETsquared have a 90 per cent survival rate, way above the national average. Over the last 10 years, SETsquared has supported over 1,000 companies, helping them raise over £1bn in investment and finance.

Support tailored to your business

Every new enterprise is different, so we tailor a bespoke package of intensive business and investment support for each company we work with. This could include access to:

  • professional services
  • strategic advice
  • carefully matched business mentors
  • knowledge transfer
  • state-of-the-art incubation facilities including workstations, reception services, flexible meeting rooms, broadband connectivity and wireless LAN

Find out more

To find out more about services for new businesses visit the SETsquared website or contact:

David Bream, Head of New Business and Innovation
Tel: +44 (0)7545 423694