Other enterprise programmes

The Business Enterprise Programmes team manage a number of publicly funded collaborative programmes.

SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology)

SPRINT is a unique partnership of top UK space universities, industry, government agencies, and the investment community, dedicated to supporting the growth of UK-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

SPRINT provides unprecedented, part-funded access to expertise and facilities at top UK space universities to help businesses accelerate the development of their products and services through the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies.

Through its partners, SPRINT connects with the UK’s space innovation ecosystem, helping SMEs (at any stage of their growth journey) find the technical and business support they need to take their business to the next level.

SPRINT is delivered by the University of Leicester, University of Edinburgh, The Open University, University of Southampton and the University of Surrey.

Find out more

Our University of Surrey SPRINT Innovation Adviser, Ian James, supports the development of new SPRINT projects. Email i.james@surrey.ac.uk or visit the SPRINT website.

SETSquared Scale-Up

For high-growth companies ready to become the tech giants of tomorrow, this programme helps UK-based SMEs engage with the SETsquared Scale-Up partner universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) to:

  • Be part of a high-profile University-backed network
  • Access support to develop collaborative R&D bids
  • Access support to raise investment
  • Attend exclusive events.

Find out more

Our University of Surrey SETSquared Scale-Up Innovation Adviser, Zoe Jennings, provides advice on the programme and facilitates introductions to our academics. Email z.jennings@surrey.ac.uk or visit the SETSquared Scale-Up website.


Blockstart is a European project, funded by Interreg North West Europe, to help SMEs strengthen their competitive positions through the use of blockchain technology. Blockstart focuses on businesses active in the fields of health, logistics and agrifood, enabling them to use blockchain to increase security and efficiency in their work.

Blockstart will select 60 SMEs from across Europe to target shared challenges. A transnational team of experts will provide a suite of business support services focused on blockchain education and development to support SMEs to co-develop innovative solutions.

The Blockstart SME Training Programme is a free training programme to increase awareness and understanding of how blockchain technologies will impact your sector and business.  The programme is tailored to each participant’s needs. Particpants can select from a wide range of options, including training sessions, workshops and webinars, to discover the potential impact of blockchain with the support of the Blockstart partners and our network of transnational experts.

The Blockstart SME Training Programme is currently open for applications. 

Find out more

Email Emilia Borowska, Project Officer, at e.borowska@surrey.ac.uk or visit the Blockstart website.

Health Technology Accelerator

Businesses with innovative ideas on how technology can improve health outcomes are to be supported by a new Health Tech Accelerator based in Surrey, delivered in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust (SABP), University of Surrey, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Sciences Network (KSS AHSN), SETsquared Surrey, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership Academy and Cisco.

The Enterprise M3 LEP have agreed to fund £1.7m from the government’s Local Growth Fund to kick-start work on the Surrey Health Tech Accelerator in order to improve outcomes for a range of physical and mental health conditions from cancer to depression.

The Health Technology Accelerator will offer health tech companies an exceptional combination of facilities: an engineering test bed to develop product prototypes as well as access to a collaboration space where clinicians, patients, carers and other users of developing health tech devices will be involved in the design of the end products.

Calls for applications are due to open later in 2020.

Find out more

Email Jenny Ritchie, Senior Business Manager, Enterprise Programmes at j.a.ritchie@surrey.ac.uk.

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