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80 Ventures


The Bristol SETsquared centre, set up by the University of Bristol and based at Engine Shed in the heart of Bristol Enterprise Zone, is the largest of the SETsquared centres and is home to over 80 innovative ventures.

Here’s some of the coolest companies from SETsquared who are looking for great talent to help them become some of the UK’s most innovative digital tech companies of the future…

BOXARR is an innovative software company providing a modelling tool that uniquely addresses the growing challenges of managing complex interdependent systems. BOXARR software enables people to collaboratively model their complex organisational challenges, at ‘real world’ scale. These Digital Twin models can be visualised, filtered, processed, simulated, and analysed across multiple contexts and scenarios: identifying hidden risks, and revealing opportunities for time/cost/risk optimisation. BOXARR’s proven paradigm can be applied and shared across a wide arrange of challenges in many sectors including: systems engineering, project planning, production scheduling, supply-chain resilience, operational process, compliance, and more.

BOXARR is owned and operated by a strong team of executives with a deep commitment to helping organisations solve challenges of complexity.  Our team is made up from enthusiastic and passionate people from all over the world.  The location of our office makes all even more exciting, as we are part of SETSquared and are based in the Engine Shed – ranked as the World’s Top Business Incubator. We not only work hard to solve the most complex problems of our customers, we also know how to have fun by participating in different team activities. Come and join BOXARR team and be a part of our fast growth!

Through its Cyber Workforce Management System, Cyberforce, Immersive Labs is enabling organisations to upskill and assess cyber workforces, as well as identify and develop new talent. Using real-world lab challenges and gamification – all accessible through the browser, Cyberforce provides hands-on training that caters for novice to ninja. Its Digital Cyber Academies also provide free cyber training to students and ex-veterans, connecting organisations to some of the hottest upcoming cyber talent worldwide.

Our awesome team are creating a game-changing product. It’s not about certificates, it’s all about mindset. We believe in what you can bring, not where you have been. We employ collaborative people that create ingenious solutions and help them be the best they can be. Want to be part of a team working with a game-changing product? Join us on our journey. We’re growing rapidly and are looking for people with mountains of enthusiasm to grow with us.

LettUs Grow® is a Bristol based start-up designing irrigation and control technology for vertical farms. Our mission is to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of fresh produce, enabling anyone to grow delicious food near its point of consumption. Our small but passionate team of engineers and horticulturists collaborate to design the next generation of technology for the vertical farming industry.  Since being founded in 2015, the company has been developing an industry-leading aeroponic system, with integrated control software, which has demonstrated substantial yield improvements over the industry status quo. We are now entering an exciting period of business growth, establishing larger scale crop trials and beginning sales to vertical farms around the UK. As our team is growing rapidly, we are looking to recruit a diverse range of passionate employees that are ready to hit the ground running at this exciting start-up.

Living DNA is a direct to consumer DNA testing provider that focuses on transforming people’s lives through science. We are taking the latest genetic testing methods, combining this with Machine Learning and complex algorithms to deliver an incredible experience to clients as they discover just how connected they are to the rest of the world and understand more about the very choices they make each day and the effect this has on their health.

Join an early-stage company at the forefront of the future of work. OnCorps helps businesses and their people improve performance using digital adaptive guidance solutions.  Using OnCorps, businesses can quickly create helpful personalised digital advisors which leverage the latest machine learning and behavioural science. OnCorps’ highly experienced teams are based in both Bristol, UK and Boston, USA and our clients include global leaders in consulting, financial services, and high-tech industries.

TravelLocal is an exciting tech start-up located in the heart of Bristol. We’re changing the way people book bespoke holidays to over 40 fantastic destinations by safely connecting them to locally owned travel companies via a convenient, easy-to-use platform.

Headed by founders Tom and Huw, the TravelLocal team is made up of a sociable group of development, marketing and other professionals who all have a true enthusiasm for what they do. With its focus on creativity, sustainability and progression, Bristol is the perfect place for us to flourish.


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Life at Bristol SETsquared Start ups

SETsquared Bristol provides a dynamic, modern and supportive environment to grow high-tech business. Whether from the private sector or University spin-outs, they all get to benefit from the high quality support environment including guidance on business growth and strong links to university and networks expertise.

SETsquared is ranked Global Number 1 University Business Incubator by UBI Global


Jobs at Bristol SETsquared Start ups

Front-end JavaScript Developer

Immersive Labs is the creator of the world’s most advanced cyber skills development platform. Using gamification, market-leading threat intelligence, and the latest cyber frameworks, the…

Lead Secure Coding Developer

Are you a Lead Developer who understands secure code? Do you want to transform the way people learn by engaging their curiosity? Can you identify…

Product Owner

Having experienced phenomenal success and growth in our first year, we are looking for a Product Manager to join us on a path of continued expansion. Find…

Ruby on Rails Engineer / Developer

Immersive Labs are currently seeking an experienced engineer to join our growing team in Bristol. We are looking for someone with significant past experience working…


Full Stack Engineer

There is a global skills shortage in cyber security that is increasing cyber risk for businesses globally.  Immersive Labs is an online gamified learning platform…

Cyber Security Training Content Developer

We are looking for talented people with broad knowledge of different cyber security disciplines to join our team of expert security researchers to plan and…


The role: OnCorps is looking for a senior UX practitioner to join our fast-growing company building world-class enterprise apps for adaptive decision analytics. We apply…


The role: OnCorps is looking for a talented User Interface Designer to join our fast-growing company building world-class enterprise apps for adaptive decision analytics. We…

UX Designer

Having experienced phenomenal success and growth in our first year, we are looking for an UX Designer to join us on a path of continued…

Cyber Security Training Content Developer

We are looking for talented people with broad knowledge of different cyber security disciplines to join our team of expert security researchers to plan and…

Ruby on Rails Engineer / Developer

We are looking for someone with significant past experience working with Ruby, Ruby on Rails, RESTful APIs and object-oriented design. The role is majority focussed…

Relationship Manager – Cyber Skills Development

There is a global skills shortage in cyber security. We are a rapidly growing tech start-up based in central Bristol who help people and organisations…

News at Bristol SETsquared Start ups

Bristol Bursary making tech more inclusive

University of Bristol led technology incubator, SETsquared Bristol, is re-launching its Breakthrough Bursary for the second year, continuing its commitment to promote inclusion and equal…

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Student-led AI system wins top prize in the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition

Kaedim, a student start-up which uses AI to create digital assets in a fraction of the time, is the winner of this year’s University of…

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Covid-19: practical advice for startups

Many businesses are facing severe challenges in the current crisis. Although not a definitive list, hopefully the following thoughts will give a framework for founders…

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SETsquared ranked global #1 university business incubator

The SETsquared Partnership has been ranked the global number one university business incubator for the third consecutive time by leading research and advisory firm, UBI…

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£1.5m investment to help expand science incubator Unit DX

Research England has awarded £1.5 million to the University of Bristol towards developing a new state-of-the-art life sciences incubator with Unit DX, as part of its…

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Ovo Energy to acquire SSE in £500 million deal

Bristo headquartered energy supplier OVO Energy has agreed to acquire SSE’s household energy and related services business for £500 million, marking a significant moment for…

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Channel 4 invests in TravelLocal

TravelLocal, the Bristol-based global B2C online marketplace for tailor-made holidays today announces that Channel 4, the British TV broadcaster, has just invested in the company, via…

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School for diverse founders open for applications

A new programme, SPARK School, from TechSPARK, SETsquared and Engine Shed opens applications today. Some of the biggest barriers to starting a business is knowing…

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Bristol hosts national Dark Fibre lab

Bristol is set to host a new laboratory exploring new communications networks technologies for the future internet. The University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab along with a…

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Global #1 incubator raises record investment

The world-leading business incubator and start-up accelerator network, SETsquared Partnership, has announced it raised record levels of investment in 2018 – a 34 per cent…

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Watershed offers new co-working space

Studio 5, the new creative workspace on the Bristol harbourside has desk space to rent. Watershed‘s new space is designed for creative companies, with half…

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SETsquared toast new investments

SETsquared Bristol members collectively raised over £82.1m in 2018 The global incubator champions diversity, and now hosts 23% female founders – a 150% increase in…

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