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Catalyst is a unique opportunity for today’s entrepreneurial spirits with  early stage businesses – or an ingenious idea for one - to get the support they need to bring these to market and propel them towards becoming tomorrow’s trailblazers.

An intensive programme which runs over six months, Catalyst is designed to get great fledgling ideas to market quickly. Valued at up to £15,000, it is fully funded for successful applicants. On completion, participants will have created an investment-ready Business Plan, Management Team Plan and Funding Plan and benefitted from high-level one-to-one mentoring and commercially focused weekly peer group workshops with world class business leaders. Importantly, no stake is taken by any party involved in Catalyst so that entrepreneurs retain all equity in their businesses.


How it works

Catalyst is run twice a year, commencing September and March, and is based at Southampton Science Park. Participants will need to commit a minimum of two days each week to fully benefit from this community-led programme.

For your chance to attend the introductory days for the next programme, simply complete our online application. Places will be allocated based on the strength of the business case put forward in the application.


Start-up companies supported


Grants and investments raised


Of excellence

The mentors

On the panel of the Catalyst programme you will find  an expert team with a wealth of knowledge, qualifications and industry experience.

We have a panel of 3 experienced mentors and coaches who are made up of Peter Birkett, CEO of Southampton Science Park; Phil Sharpe, Non-exec Director for Southampton Science Park and David Bream, SETsquared Programme Director for Southampton and judge and workshop leader for Catalyst.

In addition, 12 further CEOs, entrepreneurs, Directors and Founders form a team of 15 experts offering expert mentorship, guidance and business support to the Catalyst Programme each year. Find out about each of the mentors here.

Find out more

How to apply

Book a meeting space

We have 11 meeting rooms all of which can be configured in a number of different ways to cater for your meeting or event. Please use the two links below to book a meeting room either as a tenant or a visitor to the University of Southampton Science Park

By booking through MIDAS you accept our Terms & conditions which can be viewed here.