Businesses invited to get in shape for future growth

By Ben Carey on 21 August, 2020

SETsquared is offering a fully-funded innovation workshop for businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire.

The Innovation Workout, which is taking place online, will incorporate group exercises alongside one-to-one sessions with expert mentors. The events are designed to encourage businesses to identify areas of growth, develop products and consider different financial models.

Fully-funded places are available on the Innovation Workout on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Friday 18th September, with further dates due to be added during the coming months.

Participants will also receive membership to SETsquared’s Scale-Up Programme, giving access to exclusive events, expertise in growing businesses and dedicated support to help raise public and private investment.

The Innovation Workout is open to registered businesses in digital, health, sustainable or advanced engineering sectors with several years of growth.

Karen Brooks, Programme Director at SETsquared, said,“The Innovation Workouts are an invaluable opportunity for growing businesses to take a step back and be challenged on all aspects of their business. Through our Business Model Canvas exercise we can help businesses define and shape their strategy ready for investment. I would encourage any growing business to apply.”

Gary Todd, CEO and Founder at Famiio took part in the Workout earlier this year and is already making changes to his business approach.

He said, “The way the team from SETsquared positively and productively challenged us was a big differentiator. They made a genuine effort to understand our world. Going forward that’s meant that we feel better equipped to ‘sell’ our business model to potential funders, investors and customers.”

Another participant, Mark Williams, CEO at Revoola, added, “SETsquared offers a significant financial springboard with access to investment, industry linked pitching events like the Investment Showcase, and events like the Scale-up Innovation Workshop. We have refined our idea a few times, workshops like this have facilitated this process.”

The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.