We use cookies to enhance your experience, for analytics & personalisation. We share information about the use of our site with our trusted partners. If you click the "Accept" button you agree to having these cookies set on your device. By continuing to use our site, we assume that you consent to receive all necessary tracking cookies from us. You can adjust your browser settings to control cookies. Find out more here.

Supporting Start-ups

Sixteen budding entrepreneurs were put through their paces at Southampton Science Park’s first Entrepreneur Bootcamp in July.

From over 50 applications, the field was whittled down to a highly engaged and eclectic mix of tech start-ups - ranging from rocket science to a decision tree system promising to capture all the knowledge you ever want for anything - all eager to take part in a high quality ‘crash-course’. Their quest? To learn how to make their start-up a success.

During the two-day event, attendees were helped to hone their ideas and evaluate them in a supportive and collaborative environment, before delivering a three minute pitch to a panel of judges. Helpful Digital, which provides a social media environment for crisis and disaster simulations, delivered the winning pitch and was awarded a bottle of bubbly.

Gary Smith, organiser of the event and himself an entrepreneur, said: “Our bootcamp condensed most of a six-month accelerator programme into just two days. More workshop than lecture, it was really hard work for all involved, but everyone got a lot out of it. I was really pleased to see how engaged everyone in the room was – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many post-its! The final pitches were particularly testing because a three minute pitch is much harder to create than a ten minute one. As mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal once said, ‘I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one’.” 

Robin Chave, CEO of Southampton Science Park agreed. He commented: “I was delighted to welcome everyone here for the day – I hope their time here at the Science Park inspired them to understand just what can be achieved when companies are given a nurturing environment and the right business support. I would like to thank Gary, Adrian Braine, David Bream, Philip Sharpe and Jane Holt for helping to make this event a success.”

He continued: “Engaging with local entrepreneurs is a critical element of the Science Park’s outreach activities to promote the south coast as a fantastic place to do business. The quality of the entrepreneurs taking part today was extremely high, demonstrating how healthy the pipeline of technology start-ups is across our region.”

And what did the entrepreneurs themselves think? 

  • ‘An extremely valuable two days. Great mentors and feedback that I can go and put into practice to push my business forward. Thanks!’

  • ‘Amazing. Really useful to reframe the way to go to market. Canvas exercise: super, Speed Mentoring: super, Presentation: super.’

  • ‘Great workshops. The practical stuff was very powerful.’

  • ‘Great course. Felt so supported throughout with a healthy amount of constructive criticism to help you learn exactly what your start up business needs.’

  • Thank you very much for the input. You helped a lot to streamline my thinking about my project.’

  • ‘Just right, beginning to end.’

Southampton Science Park offers support to start-ups and early-stage businesses throughout the year. Find out more at Catalyst business accelerator and SETsquared membership.

Related news from
around the Park

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

View terms & conditions here.