The growth workshop is open to Founders or Directors of businesses that are developing products or services in the Advanced Engineering sector and are innovating in the Digital Innovation sector. This includes (but is not limited to); automotive / aerospace / defence / maritime / energy and space and also Digital Innovation in the social care, residential care, human health and wellbeing, audience engagement, creative media, AR/VR and Immersive Technology. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the suitability of your business to apply.

The Growth Workshops are 2-day Entrepreneurship Programmes focused on the key elements of early stage business growth, such as identifying the market opportunity and building a business plan. This will primarily be for early stage businesses which have been operating for under 12 months. 

This free 2 day programme has been designed specifically for early stage companies in growth phase. 

Who should apply?

  • Founders / Managers of early stage companies

  • The following criteria must be met:

    • Companies must be in the advanced engineering sector or the digital innovation sector

    • Companies must be registered in the West of England (NB: The programme is open to companies outside the area if there is no similar support on offer in the company's area.)

The course is led by experienced coaches and sector specialists. 


 Day 1: Turning Ideas into a Business 

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Introductions 

  • 9.30 – 11.00 Session 1: The Power of Why 

  • 11.00 – 12.30 Session 2: Building a Solution 

  • 12.30 – 1.30 Lunch & Stories from the “Entrepreneurial Coal Face” 

  • 1.30 – 3.00 Session 3: Understanding the Problem 

  • 3.00 – 4.30 Session 4: How Big Is the Opportunity? 

  • 4.30 – 6.00 Session 5: Customer Discovery Validation 

Day 2: Turning a Business into Money 

  • 9.00 – 10.00 Session 6: Understanding the Numbers 

  • 10.00 – 10.45 Session 7: Next Steps 

  • 10.45 – 11.00 Session 8: Presentation Tips and Brief 

  • 11.00 – 1.00 Pitch Preparation & Lunch 

  • 1.00 – 3.00 Pitching Sessions 

  • 3.00 – 5.00 Speed Mentoring 

  • 5.00 – 6.00 Awards Presentation 

If you would like more information or to discuss an application please call the University of Bath SETsquared Innovation Centre on 01225 388711.



Programme sessions include;

  • growth planning

  • legal structures and considerations

  • market validation

  • finance options


  • Date: 18th & 19th November 2019

  • Venue: The Engine Shed, Bristol


A review of the 2-day workshop programme which was held in March 2019 can be read, here.

Feedback from SETsquared growth workshops


A springboard for business.

“The Entrepreneur's Programme really was the springboard for RazorSecure… The investment we’ve raised will allow us to properly kick off with the next stage of the business”

Alex Cowan – RazorSecure

Invaluable support!

“Kelda has gone from strength to strength and we have a highly ambitious growth plan. The support we have received from SETsquared has been invaluable because it has enabled us to develop our technology and scale our business. We’ve found new customers and raised investment as a result of SETsquared’s expert mentoring and guidance.”

Chris Jackson, Kelda Technology