Bath SETsquared companies increase investment raise again in 2018

2018 has been another incredible year for Bath SETsquared member companies, with a total investment raise of £15m made up of private investment and grant funding. Following our annual survey of members we are very pleased to announce that in 2018;

  • 47 ‘High Tech’ Start up and Scale up Bath SETsquared member companies were supported';

  • £15m + was raised in total investments; £2.5m of which was collaborative grant funding;

  • 58 (extra) jobs were generated in the city by BATH SETsquared companies;

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University of Bath Innovation Award 2019 Applications Open!

The alumni funded Bath Innovation Award is open for applications.  We have 4 awards to make this year - with one reserved for a graduating doctoral student.  

The closing date is Wednesday 27 February and the selection panel will meet on Monday 11 March 2019.

- the scheme is open to applications from final year students, post-graduates and researchers at the University of Bath

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Santander's paid internship scheme 2019

Santander have just launched their SME internship programme for summer 2019. For SME’s it’s an excellent way to work with students and recent graduates, exploring their talent and up to date thinking processes. For students it gives access to industries they might not had considered as a viable career pathway. Internships are typically 10 weeks, with Santander part funding the salary.

To find out more make sure you register for a place at our monthly networking event being held here at the centre on Tuesday 5th February 2019!

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WORKSHOP: Tech3Shed Tech Careers Fair (various dates)

The Bristol and South West tech industry is currently booming and we’re all aware that finding talent and keeping them has never been so difficult. We also know that careers change, people can learn and there’s a wealth of amazing people in the area who simply didn’t take up tech as an option. That, along with a variety of Universities, Colleges and training establishments in the area all creating talented tech graduates who we would love to stay in the region.

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The STBAH First Year of Success networking event

Over forty businesses receiving support from the programme, mentors and partners supporting the programme gathered at the Huntsman in Bath last night (Thursday 24th January) for an informal get together and opportunity to network.

A short welcome speech, which included an update of the STBAH successes to date and plans for the coming year was given by Prof. Matthew Davidson, Director for the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath and Academic lead for the STBAH programme.

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Social Enterprise workshop for women tech entrepreneurs - 14/15 Feb

The enterprise team at Bath SETsquared will be delivering a bespoke 2-day women-only workshop (14/15th February 2019, and again in May) in association with impact business consultany, The Dot Project. The workshop is part of the ERDF funded Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme (SEIP) is tailored at a target market of early stage women (tech) social entrepreneurs and will include modules about business formation and planning:

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Growth Workshop announced for Digital Innovation Programme

Launching a new digital tech venture?  Sign up to the fully funded Digital Innovation Business Growth Workshop for some fast track support

The Digital Innovation Business Acceleration Hub (DBAH) offers bespoke business support and coaching to help innovative companies in the West of England achieve their potential. The enterprise team at SETsquared Bath, who run the programme, have confirmed details of a 2-day interactive growth workshop on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February 2019 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Bristol City Centre. 

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Bishop Fleming to join Bath SETsquared Member 'In Residency' service

We are delighted to welcome Bishop Fleming a Bath SETsquared Associate company. They will be offering their services to Members from March 2019.

Bishop Fleming is an award winning firm of chartered accountants, and will be focussing on providing input around R&D tax credits and grants (and the interaction between the two), investor fundraising include EIS and Seed EIS schemes, and the ‘entrepreneur’s journey’, from business start-up to exit. 

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UFI Charitable Trust - VocTech Seed Fund open

The VocTech Seed Fund is now open for applications. You can apply for up to £50,000 in grant funding from 15th January to 8th February (5pm deadline). 

If you've got a creative and imaginative project which uses digital technology to improve access to adult learning, or to improve how learning is delivered, then we'd like to hear from you.

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Introducing.. Bath Girl Geek Dinners

Bath Girls Geek Dinner is a local meetup supporting females and non-binary earthlings interested and working in tech and design. Our members range from students to established professionals – all with one common goal – to help and support other female and non-binary individuals in the STEM industries by sharing ideas, information and connections.


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Apply now: Santander MIAT Award £31k

Do you know an inventor? Someone who has a great product idea that could make a big impact on society? Well get them to check out the MIAT Award – a prize of £31,000 worth of product research and design will be awarded to the product idea which satisfies the judging panel.

Closing dates for submissions is fast approaching.

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Rise of the Female Tech Leaders at SETsquared - Blog post by Rosie Bennett

We have had a fantastic week participating in, and hosting, a number of events for the Bath Digital Festival 2018. With 86 different events, 20 venues and over 2,500 seats booked, #BDF2018 was the biggest yet - and we were thrilled to be part of it.

The Rise of the Female Tech Leaders - was a fantastic event that the Innovation Centre hosted. It was run by The Dot Project and ITGirls Collaborative and featured a truly inspiring panel:

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