Blog author: Karen Brooks
Karen has worked for the SETsquared Partnership in communications and management roles for twelve years. She led the team that developed Europe's number one University Incubation Programme which has provided support to over 1,000 early stage technology companies which have raised over £1bn in investment. Karen has developed the SETsquared enterprise brand for the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, which has provided significant value to the UK economy. Karen has been key in the development of overseas relations in the US with technology support organisations such as MIT, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Centre, CONNECT, Global CONNECT, T2 Venture Capital and Austin Technology Incubator. Relationships with these organisations provide a springboard platform for European startups to access the US markets. Karen has developed a number of experiential training programmes to allow participants to develop entrepreneurial thinking and form credible business propositions from the seeds of an idea. She has been involved in start-up weekends, appathons, Microsoft Imagine Cup, pitching competitions and researcher to innovator programmes and competitions. Karen has sat on the judging panel for many business pitch competitions in the UK and overseas. Karen has also worked for Motorola and Compass Group in strategic development of communications activities and project management roles. She has over 25 years of marketing, communications and PR experience in a range of industries including IT, Telecoms and FMCG. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science, foundation in Psychotherapy and is PRINCE2 qualified.