The BioFactory | Energy Catalyst Mission to Kenya

SETsquared Bath member and Graduate Innovation Award winner, Eoin Sharkey, founder of The BioFactory, recently shared some very exciting news with us. He was invited by Innovate UK and DFID to represent British start-ups and joined them on the Energy Catalyst Mission in Kenya!

To give you a first-hand account of Eoin’s trip we have shared an excerpt from his guest blog post (you can follow his Innovation Award blog here) below for you to read.

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ENTevent 2019

This year SETsquared Bath and the University of Bath will be putting on the first ever ENTevent, to celebrate the successes of our student and graduate entrepreneurs and highlight the opportunities available in the coming academic year.

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SETsquared's ICURe Programme Cohort 25 – NOW OPEN

Applications are open for the SETsquared ICURe programme which offers university research teams with commercially-promising ideas up to £35k to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace.

It supports Early Career Researchers to undertake three months of full-time, intense market assessment and to have meaningful conversations with at least 100 prospective customers, regulators, suppliers, partners and competitors to validate the commercial potential of their research.

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STBAH Case Study | envoPAP - curating sustainable material solutions 

envoPAP met the relevant criteria in order to join the STBAH programme and following the first meeting it became clear that research partnerships could be developed with the University of Bath and the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies to help further diversify their product range that Kaushal had in mind for biodegradable food packaging and personal care products.

The STBAH programme is partnered with the University of Bath and business incubator SETsquared.

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It's time to apply for the SETsquared Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase 2019

A call for SETsquared Bath members to apply for this year’s Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase

The SETsquared Partnership will host the 16th annual investment showcase on 4th December in central London. The showcase is a culmination of a 3-month investment programme to hone each company’s pitch and provide significant promotion within the investor, corporate and media community.

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Member News | The BioFactory through to Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Huge congratulations to SETsquared Bath start-up The BioFactory, which is seeking to save lives in sub-Saharan Africa with a revolutionary new sanitation system, has reached the final of a national enterprise competition.

The firm, which was launched last year by University of Bath graduate Eoin Sharkey, secured its place in the final of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards after progressing through the semi-final in Nottingham earlier this month. 

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Graduate News | FutureSPARK Harry Cobbold and his start up Haio

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.

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STBAH Case Study | LettUs Grow - a fresh look at farming

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.

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QA Apprenticeships | Government funded Tech and Digital Marketing apprenticeships

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.

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Member Case Study | TOKA: Transforming surgical procedures through 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.

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Graduate Acceleration Showcase | The brightest graduate start-ups in tech

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!

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STBAH event round up | Keeping products and materials in use

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”.

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Minister unveils plaque at new IAAPS automotive research facility

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.

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3-month internship with new technology startup

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!

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SETsquared Bath summer 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! 

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Accelerating Growth Investment Showcase 2019

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.

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