What are the benefits?

The University of Surrey 100 Club has been successfully helping investors to connect with innovative fast growth early stage companies and entrepreneurs in the Surrey and South East Region since 2007.

The aim of the Surrey 100 Club is to connect entrepreneurs and/or start up ventures and investors by facilitating access to funding and by building a world class support community. Its capability lies in:

  • Cherry-picking a crop of businesses across all stages and from an extensive range of sectors
  • Maximizing appeal to a broad community of investors
  • Showcasing "investment-ready" ventures that require cash and/or business mentoring and support
  • Leveraging a unique and unrivalled combination of business support through The University of Surrey, The Surrey Research Park and the SETsquared Partnership

Investor benefits

As members of the Surrey 100 Club, our investors benefit from first and exclusive access to some of the region’s most innovative and dynamic entrepreneurs and start-up ventures, all with high-growth potential.

Benefits to investor members include:

  • First look at ‘Investment Ready’ ventures
  • Access to entrepreneurs and ventures that have already benefited from initial mentoring and support from Surrey Research Park’s SETsquared team
  • Access to an unrivalled networking platform to make contact and connections with:
    • The University of Surrey
    • The Surrey Research Park and its tenant companies
    • Entrepreneurs and other successful business leaders
    • Over 90 businesses in the Surrey Technology Centre & more than 450 in the Surrey Space Innovation Centre (SSI)
    • The University College for the Creative Arts
    • The University’s Summer School programme and its growing global alumni network
    • Other 100 Club members represented by a cross section of influential business leaders, including successful entrepreneurs and former CEOs, chairmen and non-executives of large private and public companies
  • Opportunities to leverage intellectual capital through both executive and non-executive positions
  • Invitations to a programme of events throughout the year
  • Access to up-to-date entrepreneurial research material from the University’s Faculties
  • Access to the University’s most talented students for full-time appointments, summer placements or project-based work

Entrepreneurs and start-up benefits

The Surrey 100 Club has been successfully helping companies raise equity finance since 2007. Our ‘investor readiness’ training ensures that our member companies/entrepreneurs are fully prepared when they pitch to the 100 Club’s investors and therefore maximising their chances of securing funding.  This approach has ensured our success to date, in the past 4 years the Surrey 100 Club has assisted companies in raising over £17 million and created/protected 290 jobs.

Our "investor readiness" programme includes:

  • Professional pitch training
  • Advice on the investment process and how to interact with our investment community
  • Fine tuning your presentation and summaries
  • Full run through and feedback of your pitch
  • Opportunities to raise finance from expert investors
  • Access to 100 Club members who continue to represent a cross section of influential business leaders, including successful entrepreneurs and former CEOs, chairmen and non executives of large private and public companies.

If you think you have what it takes to succeed and are looking for early stage investment, we would like to hear from you. Click Here to read about some of our company success stories so far.

From an investor point of view, it is definitely regarded as a positive for your company to have applied for and received SEIS/EIS advance assurance from HMRC.