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SETsquared supports Discovering Start-Ups Competition

Five winners to get free SETsquared membership

(PresseBox) (Southampton, ) The SETsquared Partnership (www.setsquared.co.uk) will be supporting the Discovering Start-Ups 2012 Competition, and will be providing free SETsquared membership, worth £1000, to each of the five winners.

Organised by Silicon South West and Cambridge Wireless, the competition will take place in London on 21st November when entrants will each pitch to a panel of judges. The competition is sponsored by Taylor Wessing, and also supported by Google and Rohde and Schwarz.

The competition is aimed at start-ups and early stage companies, and is designed for technology businesses. At last year's event, the winners included SETsquared-supported company Blu Wireless.

The five winning companies will receive free virtual membership of SETsquared for a year, worth £1000. They will also each win a free ticket to attend the Future of Wireless International Conference and an opportunity to present in the conference's 'Innovation Hothouse' session.

The SETsquared membership includes a business MOT, mentoring support, investor readiness training and the opportunity to be selected for various investor showcases in London and the USA.

"This competition is a great opportunity for UK technology start-ups to get seen by a prestigious list of judges, and to network and make contacts," said Simon Bond, Director of the SETsquared Centre, Bath.

To register for the competition, technology start-ups should visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/dsu.

SETsquared

The SETsquared Partnership (http://www.setsquared.co.uk) is the enterprise collaboration of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Together, the universities employ 7,400 academic staff; earn nearly 10% of the UK's higher education research budget; and produce 11% of all UK university patents.

The partnership has a 10-year track record of supporting companies through its innovation centres, which provide access to industry specialists, investors and experienced entrepreneurs. SETsquared currently supports over 250 early stage high-tech, high growth potential businesses, and 88% of its incubated companies are still in business three years on. In the past five years, nearly £0.75bn in investment funding has been raised by spin outs and incubated companies.

SETsquared supports its student population of over 90,000 graduate and undergraduates to gain hands on business skills and entrepreneurial training through experiential inter-university activities. The Partnership also provides opportunities for industry to access academic ideas with commercial potential and develop collaborative R&D relationships. The Partnership seeks to promote the impact, economically and socially, of its institutions' research and enterprise activities.