Rick Chapman

High Tech Sector Specialist
Invest Bristol and Bath



Rick has nearly 30 years of experience working in high tech industries, predominantly semiconductors and software, including Marconi and STMicroelectronics. Since 2001, Rick has worked in several start-ups. He was a founding executive of SuperH Inc, Cobault Ltd, Spiral Gateway Ltd, and Reveal2me Ltd, covering microprocessor design, commercial software and consumer apps.

As well as his work with Invest Bristol & Bath, Rick is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SETsquared Bristol and works with other organisations in Bristol & Bath supporting the high tech cluster. Don’t get him talking about cricket.

“I want to see people with the passion and drive to create next generation solutions, and to make me go wow”


What excites you most about the tech scene in Bristol, Bath and the South West?
We have all the elements needed – hardware, software, content, UX – to really create fantastic products and services. Coupled with a dynamic, entrepreneurial base in the region, we could really achieve some great things in the next few years.

What are you hoping to see from the SPARKies nominees?
People with the passion and drive to create next generation solutions, to make me go wow, and to bring things to market that will have a real impact – maybe even excite my kids too!