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Science Park entrepreneurs honoured at House of Commons

Fri 31st March 2017

Nine entrepreneurs – past and present – based at the Science Park celebrated being announced within the top 50 entrepreneurs of global number one university business incubator, SETsquared at the House of Commons.

The entrepreneurs honoured from the Science Park are:

·      Mike Austin of Fresh Relevance

·      Graham Purdy of Ilika Technologies

·      Chris Jackson of Kelda Technology

·      Nick and Anita Allott of nquiringminds

·      Christian Maul of Redlux

·      Sandra Sassow of SEaB Energy

·      Norman Fraser of SoftIron

·      Heddwyn Davies of Symetrica

·      Simon Kampa of Senseye

The entrepreneurs were named on an exclusive list selected from over 1,000 entrepreneurs who have been supported by SETsquared during the last 15 years.  

In addition, one Science Park entrepreneur, Simon Kampa of Senseye was listed as ‘One to Watch’.

The Science Park supports science and technology companies of all sizes from global pharmaceuticals giant, Merck, to one person enterprises such as the Catalyst start-ups.

SETsquared supports high growth tech companies that have significant economic impact, having collectively raised over £1bn of investment and created over 9,000 jobs.

The announcement took place on 29 March - the historic day that Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 to leave the EU - serving as a reminder of the UK’s strength in innovation and entrepreneurship in the global market.

The companies honoured have reached milestone achievements, including raising significant investment, exporting products globally, creating thousands of jobs or achieving a world first.  

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “When I look back on the last 15 years, I am overwhelmed by the talent and achievements of the entrepreneurs that SETsquared has supported.

“They have brought world-leading innovations to market and these have been exported across the globe. SETsquared has provided support and a network for these entrepreneurs including access to mentors, experts, international markets and investors, and they are now out there doing SETsquared and the UK proud.”  

David Bream, programme director at SETsquared Southampton based at the Science Park, said: “Tech entrepreneurs and high-growth companies are vital to the future of the UK economy. Southampton has always had a vibrant and thriving culture of innovation but without the right support these companies will not grow into global leaders. SETsquared has played a key role in supporting tech companies in the south of England, helping put Southampton on the global innovation map.”

To see the full top 50 list, visit: setsquared.co.uk/top50