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The Deck

We are based at The Deck in the Innovation Centre on Streatham Campus. The Deck is a collaborative workspace for student entrepreneurs to work on their business ideas or to meet a member of our team for 1-2-1 appointments. The space is also used for weekly startup workshops and classes for With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship modules.

SETsquared Exeter

At SETsquared Exeter we help University of Exeter students become successful entrepreneurs through numerous activities and facilitating networking and collaboration opportunities. 
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Meet the team

Meet the team

Emily manages the Student Startups team – designing and delivering an engaging and supportive startup programme for students and recent graduates, which includes workshops, presentations, expert panels and other events. She also works 1-2-1 with students and has developed a broad network of contacts both in Exeter, the UK and internationally, who can be called up for additional support and mentoring. Emily is also an Exeter representative within the SETsquared partnership, focusing specifically on Student Enterprise projects.

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Julia supports the day-to-day running of the Student Startups programmes, providing administrative support and delivering communications to students. She also oversees Student Startups social media and the weekly newsletter, promoting upcoming events and workshops, and student achievements.

Julia joined the team in 2021 after completing a graduate role working as Marketing and Communications Coordinator in the Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) department.

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Joe leads the SETsquared Exeter activity with responsibility in the Business Acceleration and Student Startup Teams, spending his time between the Deck and the Exeter Science Park Centre. He has been involved in supporting student entrepreneurs for many years and still tries to find time to work 1-2-1 with students on their businesses.

Joe works closely with academic colleagues in the Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Business School and others across the University to help embed and grow the culture of entrepreneurship at Exeter.

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Nick works on the start-up and research commercialisation programmes for the University of Exeter in Cornwall, supporting the talented staff and students through workshops and one-to-one coaching to develop their business ideas or research discoveries into start-ups that are innovative, impactful and resilient for the future.

Nick's background is in entrepreneurship, building businesses in the media & creative and live event sectors. For the last five years he has been working in business support and recruitment for SMEs in Cornwall alongside investing in early-stage businesses.

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Jeni supports students embarking on their startup journeys, with a particular focus on the MSc Engineering with Entrepreneurship programme. She also collaborates with and supports Exeter's alumni community. Alongside working with student entrepreneurs, Jeni also runs her own business.

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Entrepreneurs in Residence 

Chris Howard is the CEO and founder of The Rattle – a global community supported by a network of facilities that aims to help makers of art and culture become founders of their own companies. Chris is a prolific builder of projects and companies that aim to push boundaries in entrepreneurship and the creative industries. Having tried and failed at half a dozen ‘traditional’ careers – being a chef, music producer, a ‘professional cyclist’ and even a spy – Chris cut his teeth in entrepreneurship at MIT in 2009. Chris’ researched focused n the effects if influence and motivation online and how advocacy works with communities of creative people. Using this insight, Chris co-founded and led the celebrated startup - Libboo – the worlds’ first crowd-sourced science novel. This was followed by several high-profile startups, one agency and a short tenure as the Head Teaching Fellow of Harvard University. Alongside being CEO of The Rattle, Chris also acts as the fundraising coach for MIT’s Global Startup Workshops, is an educator at UCL & Hult International Business School and a regular Entrepreneur in Residence at leading startup accelerators such as Techstars and MassChallenge.

Alex Light is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded multiple startups across a range of sectors, as well as working in marketing, sales, branding and tech. He was the one of the first emploees at DuBizzle, going on to become Director of Advertising where he led a team with over $7million annual ad revenue. He co-founded Styck, an app that rewards users for being more physically active and that has 30,00 active users. Alex has a passion for building companies and events that make things better and has a natural ability to bring communities together, forge connections and shine light on champions. Alex now runs a business development and growth consultancy called AsOne.

David Solomides has a dual role, supporting many of the business’ at Exeter Science Park as well as the student entrepreneurs at the University of Exeter. David specialises in business development, sales, go-to-market strategies, market segmentation and partnership alliances. David had a successful career within domestic and international banking and running business’ in areas ranging from tech to clothing, recruitment to nanotechnology and software to education supplies. He is now primarily a Growth Accelerator Coach and mentor, bringing his experience, insight and valuable connections to both early-stage and established business’ to innovate and facilitate significant growth.