The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab is part of a rich ecosystem of organisations with a shared interest in boosting the region’s economy and capabilities through education, collaboration and business engagement.


The SETsquared Partnership is the enterprise collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. SETsquared supports high tech start-up companies, provides student enterprise and enables academics to maximise the impact of their research.

Think. Try. Do.

A collaborative student startup support programme delivered by the Careers and Employability services at the University of Exeter and Exeter Innovation Centre. Think. Try. Do. supports entrepreneurial students, developing their enterprise and employability skills as well the opportunity to start their own business.

Business West

A non-profit company with a 200-strong team, Business West supports 21,000 businesses to start and grow as well as lobby government on their behalf. This is achieved through a number of initiatives, including Innovate to Succeed and Enterprise Europe Network.

Exeter Science Park

Exeter Science Park aims to deliver growth in science, technology, engineering and medicine related enterprise in the region. The Park is set to be cornerstone of a knowledge-based economy which is currently achieving unprecedented growth rates.


Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology was founded by Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Exeter’s leading research and development organisations. The group has come together to showcase science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine in Exeter.

Heart of the South West LEP

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership is a strong and dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges. It aims to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the HotSW area.

Growth Hub

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub provides independent diagnosis and referrals to existing business support services.


The Heart of the South West Apprenticeships Service (Serco) provides bespoke training and supports businesses and employees to achieve recognised, accredited apprenticeship qualifications.

Enhance Social Enterprise

The Enhance Social Enterprise programme delivers business support and advice to new and established social enterprises within the Heart of South West LEP area.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by the UK government. It drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

The Generator

Exeter’s first and biggest coworking community. The Generator provides workspace, meeting rooms, social space, events and networking to the community.


Hacked encourages young people to stay away from cybercrime and instead use their talents for the good of the community by developing skills and careers in the lucrative cyber security industry.

Exeter Velocities

Launched by Impact Lab partner Exeter City Futures, Exeter Velocities aims to help make the region energy independent and congestion free by 2025. Beyond that, it aims to help establish and develop businesses contributing to solving the global challenge of urban mobility and energy use.

Fast Track to Growth

A free growth membership service for Devon businesses, Fast Track to Growth creates opportunities to interact and benefit from expertise in important fields, with free networking events and workshops throughout the year.

Plymouth Science Park

A world-class office, research and laboratory environment with a community of over 150 businesses.

Business Information Point

A fixture in the South West since 1993, Business Information Point helps self-employed individuals to start and stay in business.

South West Growth Service

SWGS exists to help organisations throughout south west England to adapt, develop and grow.

Aviation Skills Partnership

The Aviation Skills Partnership is committed to developing a sustainable pool of skilled workers in the civil and defence aviation industry, to increase the economic output of the UK.

Exeter College

Achieving an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’ in 2014, Exeter College was established in 1970 as the first tertiary college in the UK, and continues to provide tertiary education for around 12,000 students.

The FSE Group

An independent, not-for-profit Community Interest Company providing tailored funding solutions and support for ambitious and innovative small and medium enterprises, to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Devon Community Foundation

The Foundation provides a flexible and personal way for individuals and organisations to invest in local projects, helping to ensure Devon’s communities thrive. Its philanthropy advice and grant making services are quality assured through UK Community Foundations and endorsed by the Charity Commission.


In 2018, Petroc was ranked no 1 in the NICDEX league table, published by FE Week. The College is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education.


Marine-i is a pioneering programme designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through research, development and innovation.