Karen Drake

karen-drake (1)Operations Manager & Assistant Director
SETsquared

 

 

Karen is the Operations Manager and Assistant Director of Bristol SETsquared Centre and Engine Shed.  SETsquared is a partnership of 5 universities focussing on incubation of high-tech, high-growth start-ups and has been awarded No1 in Europe and No2 Globally for university business incubation in the UBI index. Engine Shed, located next to Bristol Temple Meads station, houses SETsquared, Invest Bristol & Bath and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Karen has recently been collaborating on a report investigating women in tech, particularly in the area of business start-up and incubation, which will assist in ensuring that the sector is diverse and inclusive.

“I’m interested in products that solve a problem, help reduce social disadvantage or improve access to services”

 

What excites you most about the tech scene in Bristol, Bath and the South West?
I enjoy the start-up businesses that bring energy and spark to the sector.  I’m excited that the West of England now frequently appears in national reports that celebrate the tech scene locally which adds to a spiral of enthusiasm, collaboration and new ideas.

What are you hoping to see from the SPARKies nominees?
I’m interested in products that solve a problem, products that help reduce social disadvantage or improve access to services.  I’m looking forward to seeing anything about Internet of Things and Big Data.  I’m interested in businesses that have ambition to fly high.