UoB Spin out company Glaia has secured £1 million in new investment in a deal led by Green Angel Syndicate, the UK’s largest network of specialist investors fighting climate change.

The investment will allow the company to commercialise their carbon-based ‘sugar dots’ technology, which reduces emissions from crops by 30% when applied to the plants.

Glaia is led by Dr. David Benito-Alifonso and Dr Imke Sittel, both formerly of the School of Chemistry. Read more in the press release.

Energy & Environmental Innovation Roundtable


Monday 14 February, 8.30 – 10.30

Register your place

What are the key energy and environmental challenges faced by industry and how can cutting edge university research and innovative start-up solutions help solve them?

Join event MC Lucy Siegle, journalist and reporter from BBC’s The One Show and the Guardian, and an A-list corporate line-up which includes Mitsubishi, Shell Ventures and UK Water Industry Research who will outline their challenges.

If you’re a university researcher or start-up founder, this is an opportunity to hear directly from the industry about the energy and environmental challenges they face, network, and make new contacts.

You’ll also get an exclusive look at six exciting ideas for the energy and environmental technologies sector emerging from universities across the UK – so don’t miss out!

This event is brought to you by the Innovate UK funded ICURe Programme.

SETSquared Bristol – Breakthrough Bursary – supporting BAME businesses

What is the Breakthrough Bursary?

SETsquared Bristol’s Breakthrough Bursary supports BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) entrepreneurs to grow their tech business with our bespoke business incubation programme.  

Our programme can help you get your product ready for market or grow your existing business, whilst retaining your existing company culture. 

The Bursary covers 75% of Startup Membership costs for up to 12 months. This equates to a cost of £37.50 + VAT per month for awardees to become members of SETsquared Bristol. The Bursary is kindly funded by our SETsquared alumni members. 

Applications for the next round of Breakthrough Bursary are open from 21 September to 8 November 2021. Successful applicants will be invited to commence membership from January 2022.  

Apply by 8 November 2021

You will need to have information about your business available in order to complete the application.

What you get:

Bespoke business support

Business advice and coaching from our Entrepreneurs in Residence

Mentoring from experienced business leaders, SETsquared alumni and Advisor in Residence clinics

Support with raising investment and finance

Skills and training

A full programme of skills and training workshops, forums and peer-led focus groups

Support in the entrepreneurial community

A supportive community of tech entrepreneurs and network of potential partners and investors

Access to SETsquared events including networking and investment showcases

PR including representation on our website, newsletters and social media

Discounted rates on a range of useful business software

Who is it for?

Founders or businesses must meet a few simple criteria: 

You are a BAME technology entrepreneur with a UK-registered business

You have an ambition for business growth and financial success

You can commit a minimum of 2 days per week to developing the business

You are open and receptive to support and advice

We welcome applications from anywhere in the UK


“The University of Bristol…one of the UK’s most prolific for commercialising innovation and producing successful spin-out businesses”

Check out this article in Bristol Business News that names The University of Bristol as one of the UK’s most prolific for commercialising innovation and producing successful spin-out businesses!

We are ranked 5th by total spin out company value and are in the top 10 UK universities for number of spin out companies created between 1998-2018.

Link to the article below:

Well done us!



Congratulations to our Translational Research Manager, Cameron Fenwick, who has been awarded the Dawson Scholarship from the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a person who currently works either in industry, academia or technology transfer in a licensing and business development role and provides access to the PLG’s ‘industry gold standard’ training course for business development and licensing.

Congratulations Cameron!!

New Enterprise Competition – Main Winners

We told you about the People’s Choice winner but not the main winner!

So…introducing….Bristol Alumnae Hazel and Amber, aka Peequal!!

How better to describe them than in their own words:

“Going to festivals for the last ten years and working at festivals over the last two summers, in my break I had to choose between going to the loo or getting food. The queues were just too long for the toilet.” – Hazel, Co-Founder. This is SO common in every public event, from theatre intervals to music festivals, women have to wait inline. In fact, women queue up to 34 times longer than men. For every women’s public toilet there are 10 male urinals. Our solution is Satis, the women’s urinal. Our vision is help bring about gender equality through sustainable products. Mission- provide festivals with women’s urinals that increase efficiency by reducing queues whilst protecting women and the planet.

What worthy winners  – Congratulations!!

New Enterprise Competition

The results are in…

Thank you to everyone who voted for the People’s Choice Award.  We received a huge number of votes.

The variety and standard of innovative ventures have been exceptional this year.

The winner of the £2000 People’s Choice Award, with over 800 votes is:

Young Goat!

Find out more about this exciting University of Bristol start-up by checking out Young Goat’s website.

Thank you to everyone who supported the competition this year.  We hope that you continue to champion the University of Bristol entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested in mentoring or sponsoring the competition, please get in touch with the team:


The New Enterprise Competition

The New Enterprise Competition is the University of Bristol’s flagship start-up competition, run by the Basecamp Enterprise team. Every year they award £35,000 of funding to entrepreneurial students, staff and alumni. These start-ups cover a broad range of areas from jewellery design to novel vertical farming technologies.  The Peoples’ Choice Award is a £2,000 award that is voted for by you. Whether you like the vision of the founder(s), are impressed by the idea or if it’s your best friend’s business – the criteria is up to you.

How to get involved:

  1. View the 10 virtual pitches in the 2021 Finalist showreel
  2. Vote for who you want to be awarded £2,000!

The business with the highest number of votes by 12 pm on Monday 31 May 2021 will win £2,000 of additional funding.‌

Get voting!