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Switch Your Business Up A Gear

If your business is looking to the future, get there faster with Catalyst.

Catalyst is the University of Southampton Science Park’s business accelerator, designed specifically for early-stage innovation-led science and technology companies in the Solent region.


Founders of Catalyst businesses benefit from:

Utonomy video case study

Since it was established nine years ago, Catalyst has:


Accelerated progress for 65 companies.


Secured over £25m early-stage funding for participant companies.


Helped create 130 new jobs for our region.

How many places are available?

A maximum of ten companies are granted places each year. Applications close 25th June, selection days take place in July and the programme commences on Monday 13th September. A desk or two will be provided free of charge in our co-working facilities and regular attendance at Southampton Science Park for the six-month duration is a pre-requisite. 


Meet the Mentors

Starting and scaling a company is a lonely, uncertain journey, but Catalyst’s experienced mentors in residence know what’s over the horizon and understand when there’s a need to slow down and think things through, change direction or speed up to capitalise on market conditions.

Start your journey today

Access to Catalyst is a simple two-step process:

  1. Read the application guidelines
  2. Complete this application form by the 25th June and tell us as much about your business as possible.
    We will allocate places at our selection days based on the strength of the business case put forward in your application.
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Catalyst success stories

Discover more about each of the previous Catalyst success stories below.

What next?

Your journey begins now.

Simply complete the form above and tell us about your business concept. We will allocate places based on the strength of the business case put forward in your application.