Last Updated: 11th August 2020

This is our List of Endorsing Bodies for Start-Up & Innovator Visas. The list is long so it may be easier to do a search for your institution on the page. At the top of the page is the list for Start-Up visa Endorsing Bodies. Below that is our list of Innovator visa Endorsing bodies. You can use the link below to jump directly to the Innovator Endorsing Body list.

Jump to the Innovator List of Endorsing Bodies at the bottom of the list of Start-Up Endorsing Bodies

List of Endorsing Bodies for Start-Up Visa

These are Higher Education Institutions (HEI).

Start-Up list last updated 11th August 2020.

Start-Up list last updated 4th December 2019.
Start-Up list last updated 7th October 2019.
Start-Up list last updated 19th September 2019.

Start-Up list last updated 4th June 2019.
Start-Up list last updated 12th May 2019.

Check and see if your HEI participates in the Start-Up visa programme.

 

Endorsing BodyNotes
Anglia Ruskin UniversityApplications are welcome from ARU students. We regret non-ARU students cannot be considered.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Chelmsford
  • endorses business in: South East of England
  • intake on applications: applicants must express interest in the scheme at least 4 months prior to the expiry of their Tier 4 Student visas
  • restrictions on applications: Anglia Ruskin University graduates only
Arts University BournemouthSpecialises in art, design and architecture well as media and performance degrees, turning creativity into careers.

  • sectors: creative and performing arts, digital, advanced manufacturing
  • based in: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • endorses business in: England and Wales
  • intake on applications: April
  • restrictions on applications: Start-up applications are welcomed from international alumni and current students
Aston UniversityFor those who have completed a course of study at Aston University in the last 5 years and have had a business idea accepted by BSEEN.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Birmingham
  • endorses business in: Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area
  • intake on applications: April, June and September
  • restrictions on applications: graduates of Aston University in the last 5 years and have had a business idea accepted by BSEEN
Bangor UniversityBangor University only endorses Bangor Graduates on this visa and they must have graduated within 12 months preceding the application.
Bath Spa UniversityBath Spa University will only accept endorsement applications from Bath Spa students and their recent graduates (up to 2 years).
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth UniversityThey support Bournemouth University international alumni start-ups and innovators across the UK, and exceptional UK HEI international graduates looking to start businesses in Wessex.
BPP University LimitedBPP University will only endorse its own graduates in the Start-up route. They will not endorse external candidates or in the Innovator route.
Brunel University LondonBrunel University London’s Entrepreneur Hub supports our graduating students in the development of their business under the start-up route.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Uxbridge, London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: May and June
  • restrictions on applications: we will only endorse graduates of Brunel University London, who have graduated within the last 12 months. Current students due to graduate in the summer can apply for the scheme in May and June and, if selected, endorsement will commence once the student has been conferred their degree
Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityInternational Entrepreneurs Programme runs intensively for 6 months from the centre for Entrepreneurship incubator and includes workshops, mentoring, office space and general support. Cardiff Metropolitan University is currently endorsing its own students and graduates only.
Cardiff UniversityCardiff University are only able to consider endorsement requests from our graduate students or any of their students who have completed their studies and are approaching their graduation date
City, University of London
Contemporary Dance Trust
Coventry University
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Coventry
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only Coventry University enrolled students and within 2 years of graduation
Cranfield UniversitySupporting entrepreneurs every step of their journey, they accept applications from students and alumni of Cranfield.
De Montfort University
Derby University
Durham UniversityThey provide opportunities for start-up visa endorsement to eligible graduating students and graduates of Durham University.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Durham
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only graduating students and graduates of Durham University
Edinburgh Napier University
Falmouth University School of EntrepreneurshipCreating a unique environment to build sustainable businesses with high growth potential in one of the UK’s leading creative tech hubs.
Girne American University Canterbury
Glasgow Caledonian University
Goldsmiths University of London
  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: once annually
  • restrictions on applications: applications will only be considered for Start-up endorsement from eligible graduating students or graduates of Goldsmiths University of London, who wish to remain in the UK to start up a new business idea with the support of the University
Guildhall School of Music & DramaGuildhall Creative Entrepreneurs is an incubator to help people in the performing arts launch and advance their own enterprises. Guildhall School will only endorse graduates from Guildhall School.
Heriot-Watt University
Hult International Business SchoolApplications are welcome from Hult International Business School graduates who have completed their degree within the past 2 years. Applications are measured against a strict criteria.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: graduate students of Hult (within 2 years)
Imperial College London
Keele UniversityKeele Business School Smart Innovation Hub, and the Research & Innovation Support Programme will support selected Keele students and alumni.
King’s College LondonThe Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London will support Start-up visas that meet UKVI criteria from current and former King’s students.
Kingston University
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Kingston
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: they only endorse businesses that are owned or part-owned by alumni of Kingston University. Entrants must have participated in one of Kingston University’s fast-track programmes
Lancaster University
Leeds Arts University
Leeds Beckett UniversityLeeds Beckett University will endorse Start-Up businesses that meet UKVI criteria from Leeds Beckett University students and alumni. Business Plan submissions should initially be submitted to siac@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Leeds
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: must be current students, or former graduates of Leeds Beckett University
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Liverpool John Moores UniversityThey will only endorse graduates from LJMU. They will only consider applications from postgraduate students who hold a current Tier 4 visa.
London Business SchoolThey accept applications from students and alumni, as well as co-founders working with LBS students or alumni.
London Metropolitan UniversityThey will only endorse selected students from LMU and will consider applications from graduating students and recent graduates (last 12 months) only.
London School of Economics and Political SciencesThe London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a Start-up endorsing body that only endorses its alumni, with the exception of non-LSE applicants who are key members and co-founders of an LSE team. LSE offers ongoing mentoring and guidance to all start-ups. It also offers some office space where required and a range of events and networking opportunities that endorsees can take part in.

  • sectors: All
  • based in: central London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: applications open twice a year, in line with LSE’s funding competitions (October and February)
  • restrictions on applications: currently only their alumni and their alumni’s key team members and co-founders
London South Bank UniversityThey can only endorse applicants who have graduated from LSBU within the last 2 years and have not started a business in the UK before.
Loughborough UniversityEndorsing body for Loughborough University graduates. Contact the Loughborough Enterprise Network for further information.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
Newcastle University• sectors: Healthcare & Life Sciences (including Ageing); Advanced Manufacturing; Offshore & Energy Technologies; Digital & Tech (including Data); Culture & Creative Arts
• based in: Newcastle upon Tyne• endorses business in: Newcastle upon Tyne• intake on applications: all year• restrictions on applications: you should be an international student who is graduating or has graduated from Newcastle University within the last 3 years
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Norwich University of the Arts
Nottingham Trent UniversityOnly open to students and recent graduates (within the immediate 2 years preceding date of application) of Nottingham Trent University.
Oxford Brookes University
Plymouth College of ArtPlymouth College of Art welcomes endorsement applications from graduates and alumni of the college.
Queen Mary University of LondonOpen to Queen Mary University of London graduates only
Queen’s University BelfastThey only accept applications for endorsement from Queen’s graduates and applicants must have completed a degree within the last 12 months.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • endorses business in: preferably Northern Ireland
  • intake on applications: all year round (with panel meetings in June and December)
  • restrictions on applications: only applications for endorsement from Queen’s students and graduates will be accepted
Ravensbourne University London
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Aberdeen
  • endorses business in: Scotland
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only students or alumni from Robert Gordon University who have a business which has been accepted onto the RGU Start-up Accelerator Programme are eligible for an endorsement letter
Regent’s University London
The Robert Gordon UniversityThey consider endorsements from graduates of Robert Gordon University which have been accepted on and participate in their Startup Accelerator Programme.
Royal Academy of MusicThe Royal Academy of Music will only accept endorsement applications from their current students.
Royal Agricultural UniversityThe RAU will endorse its own graduates in the Start-up route who have actively participated in the RAU Enterprise Programme. The university will not endorse external candidates.
The Royal Central School of Speech and DramaRCSSD is a world leading small and specialist college for performing arts.

  • sectors: Creative and Performing Arts, Education and Training, Digital
  • based in: London
  • endorses businesses in: London
  • intake on applications: May
  • restrictions on applications: RCSSD will only accept endorsement applications form their current students and alumni (within 2 years of completing studies)
Royal College of Art
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
Sheffield Hallam University
SOAS, University of London
  • sectors: all, with particular consideration for business supporting SOAS’ mission and values
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: London
  • intake on applications: details of application intakes are available on their website
  • restrictions on applications: SOAS students, graduating students and recent graduates only
Solent University
Swansea University
Teesside University
University College LondonThey will only consider applicants who have graduated from UCL in the last 12 months.
University for the Creative Arts
University of AberdeenThe University of Aberdeen will only consider endorsement applications from University of Aberdeen students and recent Aberdeen graduates (up to 2 years and should have significant engagement with entrepreneurship support following graduation).
University of BathOnly endorses graduates who have graduated from the University of Bath within the previous 2 years and meet SETsquared membership criteria.

  • sectors: Sustainable Tech, Advanced Engineering, Digital Innovation, Health Tech, Immersive Tech
  • based in: Bath
  • intake on applications: all year round
University of Birmingham
University of BradfordThe University of Bradford welcomes applications to its Accelerated Global Entrepreneurship programme from eligible graduates of any university. An innovative business or social enterprise plan is required. Applicants must be committed to basing themselves and their enterprise in Bradford.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Bradford
  • endorses business in: Bradford and local region
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: applicants must be committed to basing themselves and their enterprise in Bradford
University of BrightonThe University of Brighton offers a comprehensive entrepreneurship support service – called beepurple – to all its students and graduates. Throughout the year, the beepurple team offers entrepreneurial skills development workshops, a 1-2-1 entrepreneurship advice service, a 5-day business start-up summer course, an annual Ideas Competition and an enterprise growth rant scheme.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Brighton
  • endorses business in: Sussex area
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: alumni only
University of BristolThe University of Bristol will consider endorsing their students for Start-up following a rigorous application process.
The University of Buckingham
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Buckingham
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only their Alumni and exceptional talent
University of CambridgeThey consider endorsement for those who are graduating or have graduated from the University of Cambridge.
University of Central Lancashire
University of ChesterThey will only endorse start-up applications from Chester students who graduate in the same academic year and who possess an outstanding, genuine and credible business idea in line with the university’s criteria.
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Norwich
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: July and November
  • restrictions on applications: alumni only
University of East LondonThey only accept applications from UEL Students or Graduates. Their programme is competitive with limited endorsements therefore align your application to the criteria.
The University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh endorses Start-up applicants who have a close demonstrable relationship with their institution (students and alumni).

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Edinburgh
  • endorses businesses in: UK wide, but preference for Scotland
  • intake on applications: May and October.
  • restrictions on applications: applicants who have a close demonstratable relationship with the University of Edinburgh (students and alumni)
University of Essex
University of ExeterThey will only consider endorsements for students and graduates of the university who engaged with entrepreneurship activity during their studies.
University of GlasgowThe University of Glasgow will endorse students and graduates who have studied at the University of Glasgow or Glasgow School of Art and who have shown interest in Student Enterprise activities during their studies.

  • sectors: All
  • based in: Glasgow
  • endorses business in: their preference is that businesses are based in Scotland, but they will endorse businesses based elsewhere in the UK, provided the endorsee maintains regular contact with the University of Glasgow
  • intake on applications: panels take place in July, September and November annually, and the deadline for applications is the end of July. Applicants must take part in the University’s Summer Workshop Programme (attending at least of 6 of the 18 workshops) unless graduates are applying from outside the UK.
  • restrictions on applications: alumni of University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art
University of GreenwichEndorsements are issued through Generator, which aims to inspire and encourage students and graduates with new ideas. We offer competitions, training, and a co-working space in London. Candidates can apply for funding.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: London and South East
  • intake on applications: twice annually in April and September
  • restrictions on applications: endorsements are reserved for graduates and students of the university
University of Hertfordshire Higher Education CorporationThey only accept endorsement applications from their current students and their alumni (within one year of completing studies).
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
University of Kent
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Canterbury, Kent
  • endorses business in: UK-wide
  • intake on applications: all year round, with panels in July and November
  • restrictions on applications: only Kent students and Alumni
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
University of LiverpoolThey will only endorse students who graduate from the University of Liverpool within the same academic year.
University of ManchesterOnly graduates of the University of Manchester will be considered for endorsement.
The University of Northampton
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of OxfordOxford is a leading centre of teaching and research that supports a growing entrepreneur community from across the entire student body. The Start-up visa endorsement process is managed by the Oxford University Careers Service; the committee that endorses applications includes staff from across the University.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Oxford
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: Four times per year, in each Oxford term and during the long vacation
  • restrictions on applications: Oxford students, alumni or research staff
University of Plymouth
University of PortsmouthTo apply for endorsement applicants must be students or graduates (up to 5 years) from the University of Portsmouth.
University of Reading
University of RoehamptonApplications for Start-up visa endorsement are welcome from graduating students and graduates of the University of Roehampton only.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: Greater London and the South-East
  • intake on applications: all year round but applicants should express interest at least 4 months prior to the expiry of their Tier 4 visa
  • restrictions on applications: University of Roehampton graduating students and graduates only
The University of Salford
University of Sheffield
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Sheffield
  • endorses businesses in: UK Wide, but with a preference for businesses in and around the Sheffield area
  • intake on applications: our intake changes on a year-by-year basis
  • restrictions on applications: only available to those who have are due to complete studies at the University of Sheffield
University of South WalesThey will only consider endorsement for those who are graduating or have graduated from the University of South Wales or RWCMD within the last 12 months.
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of StirlingAccepts applications for the Start-up category from students with proven engagement with the Enterprise Programme and/or UoS alumni: Innovation & Enterprise Team.
University of Strathclyde
University of SunderlandTheir Enterprise Place offers Start Up support, 1-1 business advice, structured workshops and networking opportunities for their alumni.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Sunderland
  • endorses business in: North East of UK and Greater London
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: alumni only
University of SurreyThe University of Surrey offers internal students and external entrepreneurs business mentoring and business idea development programmes through Student Enterprise and SETsquared Surrey to help applicants apply for Surrey’s Start-up endorsement. Once the Start-up Visa is obtained ongoing business support is provided to help with the business execution and operations.

  • sectors: all business sectors
  • based in: Guildford, Surrey
  • endorses businesses: UK wide
  • intake on applications: June and November
  • restrictions on applications: visit their website for more information
University of the West of EnglandTheir Launch Space provides physical incubator space and enterprise support for graduate start-up businesses at UWE.
University of the West of ScotlandThe University of the West of Scotland (UWS) will endorse current students or recent graduates who demonstrate an innovative business idea and entrepreneurial mind-set.
The University of West London
University of Ulster
University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Carmarthen Campus
University of WarwickThey will consider applications from Warwick graduates with a viable business idea that they wish to start in the UK.
University of Westminster
University of Wolverhampton
University of York
Unseen University
York St John University

 

List of Endorsing Bodies for Innovator Visa

Innovator list last updated 11th August 2020.

Innovator list last updated 4th December 2019.
Innovator list last updated 7th October 2019.
Innovator list last updated 19th September 2019.

Innovator list last updated 14th June 2019.
Innovator list last updated 12th May 2019.

Check for an Innovator Endorsing Body

Endorsing BodyNotes
The BakeryThe Bakery endorses bona-fide entrepreneurs who qualify for their corporate innovation programmes.
Bethnal Green VenturesBGV is an early stage investor in tech for good companies who only endorse start-up entrepreneurs accepted onto their support programme
Blue Orchid
  • sectors: all
  • based in: Liverpool / Solihull
  • endorses business in: North West or West Midlands
  • intake on applications: Innovator – all year round. No Start-up applications will be accepted before February 2021
  • restrictions on applications: Blue Orchid will only endorse high growth start-ups who are working within their client base. Start-up applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of their application and are required to participate in Blue Orchid’s business Start-up training programme, including both mandatory workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring, which will incur a cost
Capital enterprise (IDEA London)Capital Enterprise will only be endorsing founders within their community.
Community and Business PartnersAward winning business development organisation, supporting highly innovative, skilled individuals to help realise their entrepreneurial growth ambitions. They provide endorsements to clients in their Start-up and Innovation support programmes, that offer bespoke 1-2-1 support which will incur a cost.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Blackburn, Lancashire
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: selected endorsements for high-growth business opportunities across the UK
Consilium ConsultingConslium is committed to supporting entrepreneurs to achieve their business vision. They offer a comprehensive, compulsory Mentoring Programme, Business Workshop, Networking and Funding opportunities to dynamic, innovative entrepreneurs across all sectors. Based in Cardiff, they are interested in those seeking opportunities in Wales and accept applications all year round.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Cardiff
  • endorses business in: Wales
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only members of Consilium Mentoring Programme
CyLonCyLon is interested in hearing from emerging cyber security companies or entrepreneurs planning on setting up an innovative cyber start-up.
Deep Science VenturesApply if you are a scientist or engineer determined to start a deep science company.
DRS Business SolutionsDRSBS provides practical, commercial advice and consultancy to entrepreneurs on business strategy, planning, plans, forecasting and finances, delivered on a flexible, one-to-one basis. The support is based on the owner’s experiences of real commercial challenges at senior board level industry.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Birmingham
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: DRSBS will only consider applications for endorsement from those individuals with whom they are working within their client base. These clients benefit from a range of services provided on a flexible, one-to-one basis
Edinburgh InnovationsEdinburgh Innovations is the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. Working with students, researchers and external organisations, they proactively identify, pursue and support opportunities in collaborative research, contract research, consultancy, studentships, secondments, executive education, startup and spinout creation, licensing, mentoring and incubation.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Edinburgh
  • endorses business in: UK wide, but a preference for Scotland
  • intake on applications: to be confirmed
  • restrictions on applications: only those who have a close demonstrable relationship with the University of Edinburgh
Emerge EducationEmerge Education invests in and supports the growth of early stage education startups.
Emsworth Corporate Planning (ECP)ECP based on the South Coast provides business implementation and mentoring services for dynamic and disruptive companies looking to establish themselves in the UK. Using a systematic approach, they are prepared to review a sector-agnostic range of business opportunities, from global talented entrepreneurs.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Hampshire
  • endorses business in: UK Wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only applicants who sign-up to the ECP Business Implementation and Mentoring Service, which will incur a cost
Entrepreneur First (EF)EF funds people to form and scale companies that transform industries. EF gives individuals the opportunity to meet a co-founder, form a company, and develop technology and business strategy, all while supported by mentors from EF’s team. Founders can receive investments from EF and external investors. Contact them by email.

  • sectors: all areas associated with technology
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: Greater London
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only individuals who obtain and accept a place on the EF programme and sign an offer letter confirming their attendance, as well as businesses that were funded by EF
Envestors LimitedEnvestors is an award-winning corporate finance advisor specialising in identifying innovators and high-growth businesses. Founded in 2004, Envestors has raised over £120 million for 200 portfolio companies, supporting their entire growth cycle within its FCA-regulated platform technology, from connecting founders to the early-stage investment community, to a dedicated shareholder reporting tool.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only exceptional founders with a strong market fit
Fashion AngelA fashion industry accelerator that supports start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to create innovative, viable and scalable businesses within the fashion sector. They only consider visa endorsement applications from individuals that have joined their business support or mentoring programmes.

  • sectors: all areas associated with fashion and textiles
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only individuals who join their business support or mentoring programmes
First Corporate FinanceThey offer an open invitation to entrepreneurs worldwide with innovative business ideas to register in their Business Support Program, with future potential endorsement.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only members of their First Corporate Finance (FCF) business support programme
Fortunis Capital LtdWorks with motivated individuals and teams who have innovative, scalable and commercially viable proposals that have an element of positive impact on wider society. They manage a £25 million innovation fund that provides R&D Funding, and a £100 million private equity fund. They actively manage their entire portfolio.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: all endorsements must have some element of positive benefit for the wider society
Founders FactoryFounders Factory is an award-winning tech StartUp accelerator and venture studio.

  • sectors: FinTech, Media, EdTech, AI & Big Data, Health & Wellness, Travel, Retail, and Home and Hygiene
  • based in: London.
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only businesses in which Founders Factory invests
(Innovator International) GeminusGeminus provides endorsements to clients in their “Innovator International” business support programme, which offers bespoke 1-1 support covering all business sectors across the UK.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Preston, Lancashire
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only clients on their Innovator International programme
IgniteThey only endorse applicants who are successful in applying for one of their accelerator programmes.
Innovate BritainInnovate Britain invite applicants to take part in their Mentoring Programme, designed to last 3 years and enable companies to hire teams, register IP and export goods and services. The proprietary platform provides guidance and resources to engage fully with the programme as well as peer-to-peer mentoring from other companies.

  • sectors: all sectors from Technology, Fintech and Fashion to core industries such as Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Transport and Education
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: priority given to mentoring programme participants and those referred by InvestUK, the Business Services Consultancy and Innovate Britain’s Trusted Partner Network. Direct applications are also accepted through www.investuk.com
International Innovation Hub LtdAn award-winning team who work with highly innovative and skilled individuals to realise their growth aspirations. Located in the north, particularly the Manchester and Liverpool region, with expertise in green and renewable energy, engineering, manufacturing, digital and tech.
Invest Northern IrelandInvest NI endorses entities for Start-up/Innovator visas through participation on its accelerator programme or request from client companies only.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Belfast
  • endorses business in: Northern Ireland
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: accelerator participant or requested by NI client
KolliderKollider is a high growth business incubator. They endorse members with innovative ideas in the creative, digital and tech sectors expected to scale in their markets within 24 months. Kollider provides businesses with a range of support including mentoring, workshops, industry specific events and guidance on funding – based within a community of likeminded entrepreneurs.

  • based in: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • endorses businesses in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: applications are open during the following months; January, March, April, July, August and December
  • restrictions on applications: Kollider will only accept applications from those qualified as members of the Kolider Incubator. Applicants can apply to become a member ahead of the visa application
Level39Level39 is the most connected tech community, encompassing 1,250 leaders in Cyber Security, Fintech and Retail Tech, based in the heart of Canary Wharf.

  • sectors: FinTech, Cyber Security, IoT and Smart Cities, Retail Tech
  • based in: Canary London
  • endorses business in: Greater London
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: an applicant does not need to already be part of Level39’s community, but they do expect that an endorsed applicant would join their community once settled in the UK. They do not take equity in their member companies, they just charge a monthly membership fee
MDR LABMDR LAB is an accelerator for tech start-ups in the legal space. They only endorse migrants accepted onto their 10-week May-July programme.
MedCityMedCity is the life sciences organisation for the greater south east, incorporating the Golden Triangle: Cambridge – London – Oxford. MedCity can help you find expertise, resources, infrastructure, places and people to grow your company, operate successfully in Europe’s leading life sciences cluster and understand the route to market and regulatory frameworks.

  • sectors: all life sciences
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: Greater South East of England
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: no restrictions on applications, but they only deal directly with applicants and do not work with any intermediaries, such as lawyers or consultants
NatWest Entrepreneur AcceleratorTheir Accelerator is designed for Entrepreneurs who already have a defined and validated business model. They provide a 6-month programme designed to help businesses grow and scale. Applicants should apply for their Accelerator online and if successful Endorsements can be provided 2 months after joining them.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Brighton, London, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast
  • endorses business in: UK Wide
  • intake on applications: programme start dates in April and October
  • restrictions on applications: they will only endorse Entrepreneurs who successfully apply for a place in their Accelerator
North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC)Providing professional accommodation and business support services to ambitious and innovative business from all sectors, encouraging start-ups and scaling companies to foster innovation to gain competitive advantage and accelerate growth.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Sunderland
  • endorses business in: North East England
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: they require that all applications will have a base, either physical or drop-in, at one of their 2 facilities in the North East, Sunderland or Darlington
Panacea
  • sectors: Life Sciences, Biotech and Healthcare, Materials, Food, Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence
  • based in: Oxford
  • endorses business in: UK wide, but must be able to incorporate in the UK and commute occasionally to Oxford
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: selected start-ups must join Panacea’s “Develop” or “Grow” programmes. They accept applications globally on rolling basis, with the condition that accepted companies must incorporate in the UK
Royal Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur AcceleratorTheir Accelerator is designed for Entrepreneurs who already have a defined and validated business model. They provide a 6-month programme designed to help businesses grow and scale. Applicants should apply for their Accelerator online and if successful Endorsements can be provided 2 months after joining them.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Brighton, London, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast
  • endorses business in: UK Wide
  • intake on applications: programme start dates in April and October
  • restrictions on applications: they will only endorse Entrepreneurs who successfully apply for a place in their Accelerator
The Royal Society of EdinburghThe Royal Society of Edinburgh only provide endorsement to their awardees who have received an RSE Enterprise Fellowship. Unfortunately they cannot support any individual who does not fall under this category.
Sapphire Capital Partners LLPSapphire is a multi-award winning venture capital firm located in London and Belfast. Sapphire seeks to identify and assist bonafide entrepreneurs who will qualify for further investment through Sapphire’s numerous startup venture capital funds.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London/Belfast
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: none
Scottish EDGEScottish Edge can endorse winners of its bi-annual funding competition for innovative, high-growth potential Scottish businesses. Approximately 10% of applicants win. Winners receive grant and loan funding from £10,000 to £150,000, business support, training, mentoring alumni and networking events and acess to a business support package.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Glasgow
  • endorses business in: headquarters in Scotland
  • intake on applications: twice a year – Late January to early March and late July to early September
  • restrictions on applications: they only endorse EDGE winners
SeedcampSeedcamp invest early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. Please visit their website for more information and FAQs.
SETsquared BristolSETsquared Bristol incubator will only endorse technology start-ups meeting entry criteria to their incubator and looking to establish an office in Bristol
Severn Seed Finance (SSF)SSF seeks interesting, dynamic and innovative business proposals. It offers applied technology solutions, specialist cross-sector expertise and commercial experience to assist UK and global entrepreneurs develop and deliver high growth businesses. SSF provides unique access to business finance through its dedicated private investor and funds network.

  • sectors: all (except retail)
  • based in: Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds
  • endorses Businesses in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • endorsement restrictions: only individuals who submit and pass the Severn Seed Finance business evaluation assessment and/or have registered on SSF or approved affiliate partners’ business support programmes
Startup Funding ClubStartup Funding Club (SFC) is an award-winning investment firm, active in the startup ecosystem since 2013. SFC specialises in first time equity funding (SEIS/EIS) and offers a wide range of supporting services to entrepreneurs directly or via associated businesses and selected partners.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: SFC endorses only businesses where at least one team member is part of their wider network, for instance, received investment or is in process of receiving investment from/via SFC, used or is about to use any of the startup support services, and/or enrolled or is in the process of enrolling into any of the entrepreneurial programmes offered by SFC Academy
Startup Giants plcStartup Giants is a high growth business accelerator, providing endorsement for founders that have highly scalable business ideas. They collaborate with innovators on their programmes to realise the full potential of their value proposition and market potential, and provide additional expertise in areas of technology, strategy, marketing, and investment.

  • sectors: Tech, SaaS, FinTech, AdTech, PropTech, Manufacturing, Supply Chain
  • based in: London, UK
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only those on one of our programmes
The Start-up RaceThe Start-up Race are a global accelerator that supports world-class entrepreneurs and start-ups who want to create disruptive and innovative businesses. They only consider applications for Start-up and Innovator visa endorsements from individuals supported through their programmes and communities.
Techstars LondonTechstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. They can only endorse Techstars backed Founders and other individuals from the Network.
Tech XUnique technology accelerator & incubator for global start-ups looking to transform the energy sector – offers unparalleled funding and support as well as deep market access and access to investors.

  • sectors: energy (oil and gas, clean tech, renewables)
  • based in: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • endorses business in: UK wide
  • intake on applications: they will only endorse applicants who have made it through their rigorous application process, via an open-call competition once every year
  • restrictions on applications: TechX will only endorse successful applicants to their accelerator programme. If offered a place on the programme TechX will endorse them to be able to come to the UK to participate
Ulster Bank Entrepreneur AcceleratorTheir Accelerator is designed for Entrepreneurs who already have a defined and validated business model. They provide a 6-month programme designed to help businesses grow and scale. Applicants should apply for their Accelerator online and if successful Endorsements can be provided 2 months after joining them.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Brighton, London, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast
  • endorses business in: UK Wide
  • intake on applications: programme start dates in April and October
  • restrictions on applications: they will only endorse Entrepreneurs who successfully apply for a place in their Accelerator
University of BradfordThe University of Bradford welcomes applications to its Accelerated Global Entrepreneurship programme from eligible graduates of any university. An innovative business or social enterprise plan is required. Applicants must be committed to basing themselves and their enterprise in Bradford.

  • sectors: all
  • based in: Bradford
  • endorses business in: Bradford and local region
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: applicants must be committed to basing themselves and their enterprise in Bradford
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ZincZinc builds new companies that solve the developed world’s toughest challenges. They do this through a Mission-led 9-month full-time Company Builder Programme which brings together top entrepreneurial talent, domain expertise, insights from social science and a leading network of experts to create new mission-led companies.

  • sectors: business, design and technology
  • based in: London
  • endorses business in: Start-up – Greater London, Innovator – UK wide
  • intake on applications: all year round
  • restrictions on applications: only those who are on the Venture Builder Programme can be endorsed by Zinc
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