Is your business in the slow lane?

Change up a gear 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 South Central region.


Founders of Catalyst businesses benefit from:

  • A fully funded six-month programme of mentoring and workshop learning.
  • Retaining all equity in their companies as no stake is required to participate.
  • High-level one-to-one sessions with world-class business mentors.
  • Commercially focused weekly peer group workshops with subject experts.
  • A prestigious Southampton Science Park business home throughout the programme.
  • Opportunities to network with Southampton Science Park’s innovation community.

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Since it was established in 2012, Catalyst has:


Accelerated progress for 92 companies.


Secured over £50m early-stage funding for participant companies.


Helped create more than 240 jobs for our region.

How many places are available?

A maximum of ten companies are granted places each year. 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 latest Catalyst cohort

In September 2023 we were delighted to welcome nine early-stage companies to the Park to participate in our sought-after business accelerator programme.

Meet the Team

Starting and scaling a company can be a lonely, uncertain journey, but Catalyst’s experienced business mentors know what’s over the horizon and can get you where you want to go, faster.

Start your journey today

Access to Catalyst is a simple two-step process:

  1. Read the application guidelines
  2. Complete this application form 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.