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Young researchers become business innovators

15 September 2014

Seven researchers from the University of Bristol have been selected from hundreds of hopefuls to take part in a brand new programme that will offer them support to turn their ideas into commercial technology start-ups.

Following a successful pilot last year SETsquared - the business incubation programme run by the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey - has launched the 2014 Researcher to Innovator programme.

The course is designed to help equip researchers with the skills and knowledge necessary to convert their ideas and research into commercial realities.

It is aimed at the brightest and best postdoctoral researchers from across SETsquared Partnership universities.

Places on the course are highly sought after and once selected participants will embark upon a six month intensive training course.

The following researchers from the University of Bristol were selected for the course:

•        Chris Erven – PhD Physics

•        Cheng Huan Zhong – PhD Mechanical Engineering

•        Alin M Achim – PhD Biomedical Engineering

•        Javier Sabines – PhD Physics

•        Lauren Schewitz-Bowers – Health Science

•        Oliver Stevens – PhD Electronic and Information Engineering

•        Dieter Vanderelst – Artificial Intelligence

Sue Sundstrom, Head of Commercialisation and Impact Development at the University, said: “We’re very proud of the researchers who were chosen out of so many, and it shows evidence of the fantastic research talent in Bristol. We can’t wait to see how their ideas for the innovative and commercial development of their research develop.”

A total of 34 people will take part in the programme, which kicks off with a three-day residential course on Sunday 14 September. 

For more information on SETsquared and Researcher to Innovator visit

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