Graduate News | FutureSPARK Harry Cobbold and his start up Haio
STBAH Case Study | LettUs Grow - a fresh look at farming
University of Bath graduate, Harry Cobbold who is the Managing Director at Haio, won the coveted FutureSPARK award at this year’s SPARKies.
This award is to celebrate the under 25-year-old who has already demonstrated true commitment and initiative within the tech and digital community and who the judges believe will go far in the industry.
Harry’s most noticeable entrepreneurial achievement is his success in establishing Haio – a full-service design consultancy which specialises in designing and building websites, brands and digital products for high growth companies.
QA Apprenticeships | Government funded Tech and Digital Marketing apprenticeships
Read the latest case study from our Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) programme!
Due to intensive agriculture and the increasing demand for food the planet is losing billions of tones of productive soil each year. Bristol startup LettUs Grow has an aim to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of fresh produce by encouraging vertical urban farming, which would allow food to be grown near its point of consumption. LettUs Grow recognised that in order to tackle this problem a fresh look at farming was needed and this is how they came up with the indoor farming solution.
Member Case Study | TOKA: Transforming surgical procedures through tech
QA provide Government funded apprenticeships and training programmes for new and existing staff in the tech, digital marketing, business management and administration sectors from Level 3 to Masters to organisations in the UK.
QA are looking to engage with organisations in the Bath area to make sure employers are aware that the Government cover up to 100% of the apprenticeship/training programmes that they offer.
Graduate Acceleration Showcase | The brightest graduate start-ups in tech
TOKA® is a collaborative project led by Alberto Casonato of 3D Metal Printing (residential member at the SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre), Professor Richie Gill and researcher Alisdair McLeod from the Centre of Orthopaedic Biomechanics (University of Bath), and consultant orthopaedic surgeons Andrew Toms and Vipul Mandalia from Exeter’s Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre.
With the help of the SETsquared Business Acceleration Programme, through SETsquared Bath the project has so far secured nearly £1 million from investment partners and a public grant to run the UK first insilico trial to evaluate the ground-breaking technique without a single patient intervention.
STBAH event round up | Keeping products and materials in use
The event, organised by SETsquared and hosted by Deloitte, saw 19 of the brightest graduate tech start-ups from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey – many with a sustainability focus – pitch their innovative business ideas to more than 100 high-profile investors, mentors and entrepreneurs. Out of the nineteen companies to make it through to the event, nine of these were University of Bath graduates and centre members!
Minister unveils plaque at new IAAPS automotive research facility
On Thursday 27th June, the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) programme held their second event in their series of sustainable economy events.
The breakfast meeting took place at the Engine Shed in Bristol and saw a number of delegates attend the event which topic was focused on Keeping Products and Materials in Use.
Dr Sophie Parsons, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath opened the event with her keynote on “the role of materials in our transition to a low carbon economy”.
3-month internship with new technology startup
IAAPS will be a global centre of excellence, delivering transformational research and innovation and supporting the automotive industries in meeting future air quality standards. It will lead the development of future generations of ultra-low emission vehicles and attract sector-related businesses to the region, generating economic growth.
At the invitation of the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian White, and Chair of Council, Mrs Pam Chesters CBE, Chris Skidmore MP formally unveiled a commemorative plaque which will be incorporated into the finished IAAPS building.
SPARKies 2019 | Bath members scoop top awards!
Applied Research Assistant - 3-month Internship
Naturbeads is a young startup scaling up a new technology to reduce plastic waste in our environment.
It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish. If you, like us, believe that the time to act on this is now, join our company and contribute to reduce plastic pollution on our planet!
SETsquared Bath summer showcase 2019!
If you’ve not heard of #TheSPARKies awards before then they are THE digital and tech awards ceremony for the West organised by TechSPARK.
The 2019 ceremony brings the 7th consecutive year of awards where the SPARKies will be shining a light on the very best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath and the broader West of England region.
Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase 2019
This month we held our annual summer showcase at Walcot Cafe in Bath and it was a lively and celebratory affair. We even rolled out the red carpet for our guests and enjoyed prosecco and delicious canapés throughout the evening.
In the last 12 months SETsquared Bath has supported around 90 start up and scale up companies as well as run enterprise education programmes for over 150 student entrepreneurs - so it was definitely time for a celebration!
Student Mentors-in-Residence | Welcome to Laurence James and Grant Calvin
SETsquared is the global no. 1 university business incubator and our annual investment showcase has become the must-attend event in the investment calendar. Running for the past 15 years, SETsquared’s Investment Showcase attracts hundreds of investors, seasoned entrepreneurs, corporate investors and VCs, all looking to invest in companies with the potential to become the tech giants of tomorrow. Already, the total raised by companies who have previously participated exceeds £100m.
Innovate UK | Immersive Technology Investment Accelerator challenge
We are pleased to announce that Laurence James and Grant Calvin, will be joining us here at SETsquared Bath as our ‘Mentors-in-Residence’.
Laurence and Grant will be providing valuable business support to our student and graduate entrepreneurs at the Innovation Centre.
TfL | Connected Retail London competition
UK businesses doing R&D in immersive technology can apply for a share of up to £2 million grant funding alongside private equity investment.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will award up to £2 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Audience of the Future programme. This is for immersive technology research and development (R&D) projects.
DOT PROJECT | Social Enterprise & Innovation Programme
TfL’s exciting competition challenges businesses to come up with an innovative and technological concept that reimagines physical retail space, meets the needs of their customers, and pushes the boundaries of retail.
They know customers are time-pressed, and with limited space, getting the right offer in place can be a real challenge. If your solution is up for this challenge, then they want to hear from you.
Bath Women's Fund | Join the first 60 pioneers
Over the last two and a half years, the Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme has supported more than 300 startups to develop and bring to market new business ideas that deliver positive impact. SETsquared Bath teamed up with DOT PROJECT to deliver a series of start up business workshops to over 150 of the programme participants. During this time DOT PROJECT noticed that women taking part in the programme often struggled with self belief and the confidence to start their own business.
SETsquared Workshop | Jump start your business plan
The Bath Women’s Fund who are looking for the their first 60 pioneers who will work together to decide how their first round of funding is allocated.
Bath Women’s Fund launched their Giving Circle in October 2018 with over fifty women attending the launch. Members donate from £25 per month which will then be distributed back into the community.
Looking For: Enterprise Intern/ Admin Assistant
Brought to you by Barton Hill Settlement and University of Bristol. This workshop is ideally suited to people that are thinking of starting a business or are already running an early stage start-up.
This workshop covers a broad spectrum of key items you must consider when developing a business plan with the intention of helping you produce a more effective plan.
Member News | Ceryx Medical win the BioDesign Award at Launch: Great West Awards
We are currently looking for a graduating University of Bath student to take up a 12 month full-time role with us at the Innovation Centre in Bath.
The exciting role will support the team in its work to promote the programme’s entrepreneurship opportunities to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of the University of Bath, and it will also provide an ideal opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurial activities and opportunities.
Two members through to the 2019 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
We are extremely pleased to announce that SETsquared Bath members, Ceryx Medical were awarded with the BioDesign Award at the Launch: Great West Awards. The BioDesign Award recognises the fusion of engineering with biology to accelerate innovation and enable new impacts in life sciences and biotechnology.
SETsquared Bath are excited to announce that, following a competitive application process, two SETsquared Bath members, Nia Simpson of Compact Cane and Eoin Sharkey of The BioFactory have been selected to progress to the 2019 semi-finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship competition.