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University’s Simon Bond Seconded as SETsquared Director

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Simon Bond, Director of University of Bath Innovation Centre, to be seconded as SETsquared Director.

The University is pleased to announce that Simon Bond, Director of the University of Bath Innovation Centre (UBIC) which forms part of RDSO, has been seconded part time to the UK’s top University business incubator, SETsquared.

SETsquared has been listed by the UBI index as the joint best University business incubator in Europe and the fourth best globally. Since its inception it has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups and helped them secure some £1billion in investment.

He takes on the role of Innovation Director within the Partnership, which incubates high tech start-ups from its centres at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.

Simon takes the reins from Graham Harrison who is expanding his role at the National Composites Centre and working with the University of Bristol.

Dr Rob Head, Director of RDSO said: “The secondment of Simon to the SETsquared Director of Innovation is an excellent achievement and comes on the back of his significant developments at UBIC over recent years. I’m confident that in his new role, Simon will be able to further enhance our innovation activities for the benefit of SETsquared and the University of Bath”.

Simon has been leading our Innovation Centre with the partnership for the last 10 years, during that time he has developed key projects for the University including Entrepreneurship courses, sector networks and the Open innovation programme as well as leading incubation.

Sean Fielding, Chairman of the SETsquared Management Board, said: “Simon Bond is a highly respected figure in the SETsquared family and we are delighted that he has accepted the challenge of taking SETsquared to its next phase.

“He has unrivalled experience in every element of our work, which will be of huge benefit as he leads us forward”.

Simon added: “I’m passionate about SETsquared and in my experience the Partnership has made a very real impact on the UK economy, fostering some of the most exciting high tech start-ups in the country. Businesses within the SETsquared incubator have a higher than average 90% survival rate and often go on to create hundreds of jobs”.

“My key area of focus going forward will be business acceleration, student enterprise, research commercialisation and ensuring that SETsquared builds on its reputation as the best University business incubator in Europe”.

Among its Alumni are:
• Primer Designer - the Company that invented the first swine flu detection kit
• Crowdcube - the well-known equity based crowdfunding platform
• Ubiquisys - which sold to US giant Cisco for $310 million last year

As well as incubating high growth potential start-ups SETsquared aims to educate a new generation of entrepreneurs and runs a regular programme of entrepreneur events across the five universities and incubators.

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