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Catalyst is a unique opportunity for today’s entrepreneurial spirits with early stage businesses to get the support they need to 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. Unlike similar schemes, no stake is taken by any party involved in this programme, so  entrepreneurs retain all equity in their businesses. 

On completion, participants will have benefitted from high-level one-to-one sessions and commercially focused weekly peer group workshops with world class business mentors. They will also have an investment-ready Business Plan, Management Team Plan and Funding Plan aimed at fast-tracking market exploitation. 


How it works

The Catalyst programme is run annually commencing in September each year. It is based at Southampton Science Park.  

Catalyst requires enthusiastic participation in weekly peer group workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions, so participants need to commit a minimum of two days each week to fully benefit from this entrepreneurial community-led programme. As with most things, the more you put into it, the more you will get out.  

On completion, participants will have created an investment-ready Business Plan, Management Team Plan and Funding Plan, as well as the knowledge and networks needed to boost their chance of commercial success. 

For your opportunity 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 this application. 


Start-up companies supported


Grants and investments raised


9 Catalyst cohorts over 8 years

The mentors

On the panel of the Catalyst programme you will find an expert team with a wide range  of knowledge, specialities and commercial  experience. Many have established successful businesses themselves and coach from personal entrepreneurial experience.   

The team is led by a panel of three experienced mentors and coaches:  Dr Robin Chave, Chief Executive Officer of Southampton Science Park; Phil Sharpe, Non-Executive Director for Southampton Science Park and David Bream, Southampton SETsquared Programme Director. 

A further 12  CEOs, entrepreneurs, directors and founders complete a line-up of 15 experts offering expert mentorship, guidance and business support to the Catalyst Programme each year.  

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.