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New business support

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

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.

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

The SetQuared Logo
Visit the SetSquared website

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.

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.

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:

A business networking meeting


Visit the SETsquared website to find out more about support for start-ups

University of Southampton Science Park premises

Science Park

Find out more about the University's Science Park, home of our business incubation centre

Research at spin-out company Ilika

Case studies

Read some of the many start-up business success stories on the SETsquared website

Find out more

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

SETsquared, University of Southampton Science Park

Telephone enquiries: +44 (0) 23 8076 7420


Address: 2 Venture Road, Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7NP, United Kingdom.

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