Apprentice star Ricky Martin backs Science Park initiative

Tue 21st August 2012

The newly formed Catalyst Centre at Southampton Science Park, in partnership with SETsquared, will provide individuals who have an exceptional technology business proposition with the chance to win a 6 month residency in the centre, including free desk, IT services, and meeting space, a comprehensive programme of mentoring and business development support, and up to £1000 towards business expenses.

Ricky Martin, winner of The Apprentice 2012, will be coming to the Park to back this new initiative. Ricky is currently working with Lord Alan Sugar on the development of specialist recruitment consultancy Hyper Recruitment Solutions ( which will support the science and technology sectors. He was delighted to be invited to spearhead the campaign and is looking forward to seeing what exciting and innovative business ideas are submitted by emerging talent in the South East region.

Peter Birkett, CEO of the Science Park said, “We are really excited to have Ricky on board! His experience of the Apprentice programme has given him a unique insight into the competitive pitch process, and his recent business venture complements the sort of businesses we want to attract. The Catalyst programme has been developed to identify emerging technology entrepreneurs in the South East, and give them a helping hand to achieve their true potential. We have seen many examples on the Park where innovative technology start-ups have grown to make an impact on the global stage.”

This flexible, tailored programme of mentoring and support over a 6 month period, will provide the right applicants with all the tools they need to turn a high quality idea into a viable business proposition. Open 24/7, the Catalyst Centre will allow flexible access to its facilities to enable residents to develop their business whilst fulfilling existing work/ study commitments.

Applications should be submitted online at