SETsquared, the enterprise partnership of the universities of Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Surrey, has been ranked by UBI Global as the top university business incubator in the world.
“Team SETsquared has worked extremely hard to fulfill our commitment to helping entrepreneurs and start-ups and this top ranking is a real testament to the skill and innovation of our staff and the success of the high-tech, high-growth potential ventures we work with in Southampton and across the south of England,” says David Bream, SETsquared’s programme director in Southampton.
From start up only 13 years ago, SETsquared has supported over 1,000 hi-tech start-ups to develop and raise more than £1bn of investment, as well as contributing over £3.8bn in GVA (Gross Value Added) to the UK economy with further £15bn contribution estimated over the next 10 years. The partnership currently supports 265 companies across its centres and has created over 9,000 new jobs, with an estimated 14,200 to be created by 2025.
Data security, software and telecoms feature prominently among the ventures supported by SETsquared in Southampton, which is located at the University’s Science Park in Chilworth.