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Start up support

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 – support for start-up enterprises and small businesses

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We are a founding member of SETsquared – an enterprise collaboration between the universities of Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Surrey – and recently named as the Global No.1 university business incubator by UBI Global.

Through our membership of SETsquared, we can help protect ideas, market the product and attract investment to build 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 develop and raise over £1bn in investment, as well as contributing over £3.8bn to the UK economy.

More information on SETsquared

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:

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Do you need support for your idea?

Contact a member of our team to find out how we can help you

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A business networking meeting


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

University of Southampton Science Park

Science Park

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

Research at spin-out company RedLux

Case studies

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

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