Exeter University joins SETsquared

14Feb

Simon Bond

Category: News, Silicon South West

Exeter University has joined Bath, Bristol, Surrey and Southampton in the SETsquared Partnership, one of the UK’s most successful and long running university enterprise collaborations.  Over the last ten years the partnership has developed routes to market for academic research, raising investment and creating jobs through its support for high tech, high growth early stage companies – both university spin-outs and from the wider community – supporting 650 companies, helping raise more than £150m in capital and creating over 1,000 new jobs.

“It is excellent news that the University of Exeter has now decided to become a member.  It produces outstanding research and is strongly engaged with its regional business community,” said Ron Humphreys Director of Bath Ventures. “We look forward to working together to bring further beneficial impact to the economy and wider society through our business support facilities and our combined research portfolio.”

Exeter already has solid links with Bristol and Bath.   Its activity in climate change, functional materials, systems biology and translational medicine adds strength to the partnership’s research base.  Exeter also has strong networks and support facilities for high tech companies and will be proactive partners in SETsquared’s incubation and business creation agenda.

Between  them, the five SETsquared  universities have nearly 7,500 academics and are jointly responsible for nearly nine per cent of the UK’s research budget. SETsquared also supports access to UK and US markets through international collaborations and seeks to promote the impact, economically and socially, of the research and enterprise activities of each of its institutions.

www.setsquared.co.uk

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