SETsquared Bristol Tech-XPO 2019 event

Tech-XPO is an annual event organised by SETsquared Bristol, with the 2019 Tech-XPO taking place last night at Paintworks, Bristol. This year, the University of Bristol’s Research and Enterprise Development team were amongst the sponsors.

The event attracted about 20 exhibitors who had the opportunity to showcase their technologies and meet with potential investors. The main focus of the evening was the Elevator Pitch Competition. A recent University spin-out company, Actuation Lab, not only showed off their exciting new actuated valve and rear wing technologies but also made the award for Best Elevator Pitch and the winner was Vitamica Ltd, another of our spin-out companies. Congrats!

Launch:Great West awards ceremony

We had a lovely time on the 6th of June at the Launch:Great West awards ceremony. A number of Bristol spin-outs won awards or were finalists. Amongst these,

Rosa biotech won the Ones to watch Award;

Cytoseek won the Rising Star Award; 

Ultrahaptics won The Rocket Fuel Award;

Ceryx Medical won The BioDesign Award; 

Imophoron won The Global Good Award;

Ziylo/Carbometrics won The Deal of the Year Award 

Many thanks to the organisers for showcasing and celebrating innovation in scientific commercialisation activity taking place in the South West.

See more photos and info about all winners and finalists here.

University of Bristol spin-outs secured a total of £3.8M worth in grants in 2018

‘Spin-outs’ are companies formed thanks to the concerted efforts of both academics and research commercialisation teams. Translation of ideas born in the university’s labs and libraries into commercial products which provide real solutions to our world’s problems is more often than not associated with assiduous work from these parts and require additional help from third party players. Grant funding from bodies such as Innovate UK and Welcome Trust are often at the core of supporting key stages of this journey.

Bristol spin-outs have secured £3.8M worth of grants in 2018 alone according to a Beauhurst article published last month. To name only a few, iComat, Zentraxa and Rosa biotech are spin-outs examples in Bristol who have recently secured grant funding.

The University of Bristol ranks 5th after Imperial in the top UK universities by number of grants secured by spin-outs and 6th after UCL in the top UK universities by value of grants secured by spin-outs in 2018 (Beauhurst, May 2019).


Well done to our Research Commercialisation Team – winner of a   award for the $800m sale of spin-out company 🏆!!!

It’s hoped the deal will lead to the development of the world’s first ‘smart’ glucose-responsive insulin.

Global Corporate Venturing Symposium 2019: Global University Venturing Awards 2019