SETsquared Blog

Blog author: Karen Brooks

Karen has worked for the SETsquared Partnership in communications and management roles for twelve years. She led the team that developed Europe's number one University Incubation Programme which has provided support to over 1,000 early stage technology companies which have raised over £1bn in investment. Karen has developed the SETsquared enterprise brand for the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, which has provided significant value to the UK economy. Karen has been key in the development of overseas relations in the US with technology support organisations such as MIT, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Centre, CONNECT, Global CONNECT, T2 Venture Capital and Austin Technology Incubator. Relationships with these organisations provide a springboard platform for European startups to access the US markets. Karen has developed a number of experiential training programmes to allow participants to develop entrepreneurial thinking and form credible business propositions from the seeds of an idea. She has been involved in start-up weekends, appathons, Microsoft Imagine Cup, pitching competitions and researcher to innovator programmes and competitions. Karen has sat on the judging panel for many business pitch competitions in the UK and overseas. Karen has also worked for Motorola and Compass Group in strategic development of communications activities and project management roles. She has over 25 years of marketing, communications and PR experience in a range of industries including IT, Telecoms and FMCG. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science, foundation in Psychotherapy and is PRINCE2 qualified.

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09 Apr 2018

In our latest podcast we wanted to help answer that perennial question from start-ups and entrepreneurs: How do I make my business proposition attractive in the eyes of an investor?

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Healthcare technology saves lives. The Health Innovation Programme could change yours.

18 Dec 2016

Have you got an idea for a new healthcare technology?

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Why SETsquared’s programmes are the path to success for high-tech start-ups

09 Sep 2016

When you have the germ of an idea for a business or just want to learn more about innovation, it can be daunting to know where to turn to gain the right skills and secure valuable advice.

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10 Top Tips for Delivering an Online Investment Pitch

02 Sep 2016

As part of our investment programme this year, we’re asking our member companies to pitch online to a panel of investors, in order to win a pitching slot at our annual investment showcase.

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