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.
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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Student success stories
Two innovative student-led projects, to create a washing machine filter that breaks down plastic microfibres and bring sustainable biofuel to remote communities in Africa, have secured double success in a prestigious national competition.
Devon Garden Foods, a start-up born at the University of Exeter, is launching a pilot product of a new, sustainable and nutritious plant-based milk. Startup funding from Santander UK has enabled the business to increase digital marketing efforts, which is crucial for Devon Garden Foods’ online launch.
A University of Exeter Business School student handed independent craft breweries a lifeline during lockdown by helping them tap into new online markets.
Following the launch of the Covid-19 Startup Support Fund last year, the Exeter Student Startups team have now awarded grants to 10 graduate startups, allowing them to innovate their business models in response to Covid-19.
Paddleboat Theatre Company, which is run by four Exeter drama graduates and performs interactive plays and workshops at local schools, has launched a series of online resources for both hearing and deaf children.
Jubel Beer, a unique beer business which is run by Exeter student Jesse Wilson, has successfully increased online sales and digital marketing activity thanks to funding from Santander Universities UK.
Exeter alumni and co-founders of ChargedUp are switching their network of phone charging stations to hand sanitiser stations, in an initiative dubbed CleanedUp, aimed at supporting the UK’s efforts to combat COVID-19.
Duncan Lyster set up sustainable surfboard company Lyster Surfcraft during his time at Exeter as a physics student. Since graduating Duncan has received our first Graduate Entrepreneurship Maintenance (GEM) fund grant and continues to work on his business full-time.
Languages graduate Alex Somervell set up One Third Stories, which sell books to encourage language learning in children. They turned down an offer from Peter Jones on Dragons Den who wanted 20% of the business, and now One Third Stories is worth £2.6 million.
Exeter alumni Hugo Tilmouth and Hakeem Buge have created ChargedUp, a sustainable solution to on-the-go phone charging. The young entrepreneurs have recently secured a partnership with mobile giant O2.
Exeter alumni Kalkidan Legesse and Vidmantas Markevicius founded Sancho's Dress Shop in 2014 which stocks ethical clothing from organic and fair trade producers. Today they have two sustainable clothes shops open in Exeter.
Concerned by the problem of homelessness on our streets, Exeter graduate Ed Vickers launched his business Jollie's Socks: for every pair of Jollie's socks sold, one pair is donated to a shelter. Since launching in 2012, Jollie's now sells socks nation-wide, donating thousands of pairs of socks to shelters.
We are all increasingly aware of the amount of plastic around us, but have you considered the plastic micro fibres in our clothes? With support from Student Startups, a group of 10 Exeter students have developed a smart filter which can be fitted into washing machines to degrade and dissolve these fibres.