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The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.

Exeter Science Park

Exeter Science Park is a great place to begin the next phase in developing your ideas and growing your business.


Take your business to the next level

Whether you want to start a new business or grow an existing one, we have a range of services and facilities to support you.

Business Acceleration Programmes

If you’re an established high-tech company or you have an innovative idea then the SETsquared Exeter Business Acceleration Programme can help. SETsquared Exeter is part of the global number one University/business incubator partnership that has supported over 1000 high-tech and high-growth companies, collectively raising over £1bn of investment. Specifically SETsquared Exeter supports high-tech, high-growth businesses in areas including cyber security, digital start-ups, crowdfunding, security and risk management, precision engineering, renewable energy and more.

Innovation Hubs

We have a range of sector based research, development and innovation hubs that can work with your business to access specialist expertise, help bring new products and services to market and to access funding. 

  • Marine–i supports businesses in Cornwall in the marine renewables and marine technology sectors, providing access to technology and expertise
  • SW Satellite Applications Regional Centre for Excellence works with business to accelerate growth of satellite applications. The centre focuses on health, the environment, agri-tech and marine applications
  • Spacetech – a start-up accelerator for businesses seeking to create a product or business using satellite data and technology
  • Cornwall Agri Tech links businesses in the agricultural sector with science and technology

New technologies and business ideas

Intellectual Property (IP) is a valuable business asset that can help you establish a competitive edge. Our IP can help you develop new products and services, access new markets and assimilate expertise. You can access our IP by:

Licensing our IP

Our researchers regularly develop new inventions, processes, software, designs and creative projects. We make these available for licensing under both commercial and easy access terms. To view our latest IP catalogue please contact one of our Commercialisation Team for more details.

Collaborating with us as a partner

By partnering with us on a research or consultancy project you will have the opportunity to access our IP on fair and reasonable terms.

Undertaking a KTP

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) enable businesses to improve effectiveness and productivity by accessing new knowledge and expertise. A KTP is a partnership between your business and the University that allows you to employ a high calibre graduate to transfer University expertise to your business. The Government funds either 67% or 50% of the costs of a KTP depending on the size of the business. Contact us to find out more.

Collaborating with one of our spin-out companies

Some of our research leads to the development of new spin-out companies through which we commercialise the IP. The University has a healthy portfolio of spin-out companies and a vibrant pipeline of new opportunities, many of which welcome opportunities to collaborate with other businesses.

Student and Graduate entrepreneurs

Our ‘Think, Try, Do’ programme supports students who are interested in launching their own start-up company. The programme nourishes their skills, provides advice and supports them through every step of the way. Even if you don’t intent to run your own business, the enterprising skills developed through the ‘Think, Try, Do’ programme can be applied throughout your professional life.