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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 opportunities in tech.

The bursary supports BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) entrepreneurs to access business support for technology startups through SETsquared’s world-leading incubation programme. SETsquared is encouraging BAME women founders as part of its Bursary callout, as a particularly under-represented group.

Funded by SETsquared alumni members, the Breakthrough Bursary provides access to strategic advice and coaching, including investment readiness training, mentoring, events and advice clinics, as well as access to University of Bristol expertise. Companies also get a fixed desk in a shared office, benefitting from the supportive co-working communities at SETsquared and Engine Shed. Each bursary covers 75% of SETsquared Bristol’s Residential Startup Membership for one year, which normally costs £210 per month.

First cohort bursary recipient, Glyn Blaize, Founder of performance software application NORTHSTAR, said: “The Breakthrough Bursary has been a great support and brilliant treasure trove for NORTHSTAR. Whether attending a seminar, to prepping for investment there is support for every step of the startup scaleup journey. I would definitely say SETsquared will add some serious nitro to your startup engine.”

The Breakthrough Bursary was one of a number of key recommendations from a SETsquared funded research report carried out by partners ACH and Up Our Street in 2018, and rooted in research with BAME tech entrepreneurs. SETsquared Bristol’s BAME founders have increased from 14% to 16% over the last year, compared to the 5% national average.

Lisa Matthews, SETsquared Bristol Incubation Manager, said: “Inclusive and sustainable growth is more vital than ever in a post-COVID world, and it has been proven that diverse business ecosystems will drive innovation and economic impact. Last year’s Breakthrough Bursary saw an incredible response but we recognise there is plenty more work to be done to provide equal opportunities in tech.”

Any BAME entrepreneurs can apply for the Breakthrough Bursary if they are developing a new tech business, or already have an incorporated tech business, and want help growing it and achieving financial success.

Find out more on the SETsquared Bristol website and to apply please complete this application form by 30th September 2020, mentioning ‘Breakthrough Bursary’ in the ‘How did you hear about us?’ section.