Karen Brooks

Programme Director, SETsquared, UK

Karen is the Programme Director for the SETsquared Partnership having devised and run their incubation and entrepreneurship training activities for the last fifteen years. She is a founder member of the team that created the SETsquared model which has provided support to over 1,500 early stage technology companies that have raised over £1.25bn in investment and return over £3.8bn of economic impact to the UK economy.

Karen has been instrumental in developing activities to support high tech startups get access to investors and corporates through programmes such as Accelerating Growth and Open Innovation and created and delivered a number of experiential training programmes, sat on the judging panel for many business pitch competitions in the UK and overseas and assessed hundreds of business propositions seeking investment. She is a mentor for the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace.

Karen has also worked for Motorola, Compass Group and Micro Focus in strategic communications and project management roles.