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Maximise your competitive advantage with the University of Surrey

Surrey Research Park is an Enterprise Unit of the University of Surrey and dedicated to providing the opportunity for businesses, located on the Research Park, to form working links with the university knowledge and talent base to help to give our tenants a competitive advantage.

Incubation Hub

SETSquared in the Surrey Technology Centre

The SETsquared Partnership, is a business incubation network run by five universities in Southern England. The partnership was formed in 2002, between the University of Surrey, the University of Bath, the University of Bristol and the University of Southampton; and the University of Exeter joined the partnership in 2011.

Memberships to SETsquared offers various options for start-up businesses depending on requirements. The STC has telecommunications infrastructure, meeting rooms, cafe and reception desk – all supporting the prestige and growth of business.

In addition to hosting and supporting start-up companies, SETsquared promotes university-to-business technology transfer and guides students into entrepreneurship. It has been mainly financed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Higher Education Innovation Fund and by membership fees for businesses.

Investment for SETsquared companies comes from a variety of sources including the Surrey 100 Club. In collaboration with the University, there are resources made available to assist businesses on the Park to apply for grants and funding. Companies on the Park have attracted over £120 million in funding and created over a thousand jobs.

It has been ranked as the top university-based business incubator in the world by UBI Global for four consecutive years.

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Executive Education

Accelerating innovative thinking

Surrey Business School offers a wide range of courses and services to business. These include working on bespoke courses on ideation through strategy, finance, markets, sales, and personnel related as well as formal MBA courses. The business school is also linked to the start-up programme housed in the Surrey Technology Centre on the Surrey Research Park where its SETsquared co-working space helps start-ups to become established in order to foster scale-up.

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Research, technical and consultancy

Support for Business

The University offers a wide range of options for drawing on the University’s faculty staff. These opportunities include direct research contracts for problem solving, research for discovery, joint bids to research funding bodies or working in research consortia in order to drive commercial objectives.

There are also opportunities for using the University for consultancy to support commercial objectives.

Where these are in line with technologies that match government priorities the University has the skills to help secure funding for joint projects.

The University has a dedicated office to support the preparation of programmes in each of these types of research projects as well as managing execution and dealing IP.

The University’s broad based research portfolio is available here.

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Access to Talent

Recruit from the University’s talented student base

There are many benefits to offering projects, part-time work, internships, or participating in the Santander internship scheme including:

  • A flexible cost effective recruitment solution for up to 12 months
  • Short term project help
  • Specific skills and knowledge that can benefit your business
  • Get a head start on recruiting the best new graduates for your company

Santander Internship Scheme

The Santander Universities Internship Programme is a great way to identify future talent, head up a specific project or campaign, bring fresh ideas to your business or fill a short-term skills or workforce gap. The internships can be for a duration of between one and 10 weeks with the intern working on a full-time or part-time basis.

Professional Training Year

All of our undergraduate degree programmes offer the option of a year-long placement in industry in the third year, and the majority of students take up this opportunity.

If you are interested in offering a one year placement to a student please contact the Professional Training team at

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss opportunities to engage with us, please contact

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S100 Club

The University's Unique Angel Investment Network

The Surrey100 Club presents investment opportunities to Angel investors, matching them with entrepreneurs as well as providing support and training to businesses raising finance.

A strong relationship with the University of Surrey and the SETsquared partnership allow the Club unrivaled access to the most innovative companies and the Club provides the foundation for venture creation enabling its members to take an active role in tomorrow’s success stories.

Since it was founded, the Club has helped companies to raise over £75 million from 50 pitch events and also facilitates the many links the Club has with other Angel networks and Angel funds, allowing strong syndicates to form to complete the investment round.

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Research & Innovation Services

Business Development Team

The RIS Business Development team connect businesses with academics at the University of Surrey to foster innovation and value creation. The team are experienced at working with all sizes of company from start-up to large global corporates and can help you to identify whether the University of Surrey has the appropriate expertise to suit your needs.

If potential synergies are identified The RIS Business Development team can help:

  • Connect you with our academics
  • Facilitate workshops and meetings with the University
  • Review options for collaboration with the University
  • You navigate and prepare joint funding applications to Innovate UK (including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) or other funders

To speak to an RIS team member call 01483 689110, or contact them via email.

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What the University of Surrey Does

Interested in finding out more about the University of Surrey and its corporate strategy?

Take a look at these two brochures for more information and insight. You will find information n the University’s focus on technology, research and creating a community in which people can flourish.