Andy Burroughs and Jason Williams discussing the SETsquared Scaleup Programme.

Scaleup Programme reaches next stage

Yesterday, local SMEs met with members of the SETsquared Scaleup Initiative. The scheme which launched earlier this year, will unite innovative SMEs with academics enabling them to grow their research and gain strong impact with the support of a partner institution, such as the University of Exeter.

SETsquared clients, SeeDATA based at Exeter Science Park met with Andy Burroughs, Healthcare and Wellbeing Sector Manager. Guests also included: Colin Stakem, Sector Manger for Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing, Nick Leaney from Aardvark Environmental, Murray Reed, Innovation Manager, Sam Mickleburgh, Expert in Residence and Robert Kathro, Programme Director for the Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab.

Speaking of the Scaleup Programme Jason Williams, Business Development Director at SeeDATA said: “SETsquared has always provided a fantastic source of information and opened up several new opportunities for SeeDATA. The Scaleup Programme sounds like it could support us to grow our international collaborations, which is currently a big focus for the company. It was great to meet Andy Burroughs, SETsquared sector lead for Health and Wellbeing to explore how we might best achieve our goals.”

The Scaleup Programme has been developed following a £5m award from HEFCE that will support the most innovative scale-up companies across the South of England.

Designed for companies with 10 or more employees, the scheme is focused on digital innovation, advanced engineering & manufacturing, health & wellbeing and environmental, sustainable & maritime/marine.

The programme will help scaleups to secure funded R&D projects with the SETsquared universities, make introductions to investors, corporates, customers and partners and access talent. They will also be able to access peer-to-peer learning and review of business and growth management.

For more information on the SETsquared Scaleup Programme visit the website.

Date: 25 June 2018

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