Last Updated: 4th June 2019

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 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.
Arts University BournemouthEndorsing business in the creative arts industries.
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.
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 our recent graduates (up to 2 years).
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth UniversitySupporting BU 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. We will not endorse external candidates or in the Innovator route.
Brunel University LondonBrunel University will only endorse its graduates in the Start-up route. We will not endorse external candidates or in the Innovator route.
Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityOur International 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 our students who have completed their studies and are approaching their graduation date
City, University of London
Contemporary Dance Trust
Coventry UniversityOpen to Coventry University graduates only.
Cranfield UniversitySupporting entrepreneurs every step of their journey. We accept applications form students and alumni of Cranfield.
De Montfort University
Durham UniversityProviding opportunities for Start-up Visa endorsement to eligible graduating students and graduates of Durham University.
Edinburgh Napier UniversityProviding opportunities for Start-up Visa endorsement to eligible graduating students and graduates of 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.
Florida State University International Programs Assocciiation UKFlorida State University London accepts applications for Start-up visa endorsements only from graduates of FSU or US Universities with whom we have existing affiliations
Girne American University Canterbury
Glasgow Caledonian University
Goldsmiths University of London
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 School
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
Lancaster University
Leeds Arts University
Leeds Beckett University
Liverpool John Moores University
London Business SchoolWe accept applications from students and alumni, as well as co-founders working with LBS students or alumni.
London Metropolitan University
London School of Economics and Political SciencesFor LSE students – with the exception of non-LSE applicants who are key members of an LSE team only.
London South Bank UniversityLSBU 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 UniversityNewcastle University will only endorse graduates from Newcastle University. We will consider applications from graduating students and recent graduates (up to 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 Art
Queen Mary University of LondonOpen to Queen Mary University of London graduates only
Queen’s University BelfastWe only accept applications for endorsement from Queen’s graduates and applicants must have completed a degree within the last 12 months.
Ravensbourne University London
Regent’s University London
Roehampton University
Royal Academy of Music
Royal Agricultural University
Royal College of Art
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
Sheffield Hallam University
SOAS, University of London
Solent University
Swansea University
Teesside University
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
The Robert Gordon University
The Royal Central School of Speech and DramaCentral will only accept endorsement applications from our current students and our alumni (within two years of completing studies).
The University of Buckingham
The University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh endorses Start-up applicants who have a close demonstrable relationship with our institution (students and alumni).
The University of Northampton
The University of Salford
The University of West London
Unseen University
University College LondonUCL will only consider applicants who have graduated from UCL in the last 12 months.
University for the Creative Arts
University of Aberdeen
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bradford
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of CambridgeThe University of Cambridge considers endorsement for those who are graduating or have graduated from The University of Cambridge
University of Central Lancashire
University of ChesterThe University of Chester 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
University of East London
University of Essex
University of ExeterThe University of Exeter will only consider endorsements for students and graduates of the University who engaged with entrepreneurship activity during their studies.
University of Glasgow
University of GreenwichEndorsements allocated via the annual Enterprise Challenge, run by the university’s i3 Centre. Open to graduates of the university only.
University of Hertfordshire Higher Education Corporation
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
University of LiverpoolThe University of Liverpool 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
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
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 SheffieldEndorsement only available to those who have or will have graduated from the University of Sheffield.
University of South Wales
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Strathclyde
University of SunderlandThe University of Sunderland’s Enterprise Place offers Start Up support, 1-1 business advice, structured workshops and networking opportunities.
University of SurreyExternal start-ups must meet SETsquared Surrey incubator criteria and adhere to the incubator membership for the endorsement duration.
University of Sussex
University of the Arts LondonUAL offers endorsement exclusively to UAL graduates within 2 years of graduating. The scheme is delivered by Careers & Employability.
University of the West of EnglandLaunch 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.
University of Ulster
University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Carmarthen Campus
University of Warwick
University of Westminster
University of Wolverhampton
University of York
York St John University


List of Endorsing Bodies for Innovator Visa

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 our 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
Capital enterpriseCapital Enterprise will only be endorsing founders within our community.
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. Please apply through our “current opportunities” page!
Founders FactoryFounders Factory is an award-winning tech startup accelerator and incubator. We endorse entrepreneurs joining one of our programmes.
IgniteWe only endorse applicants who are successful in applying for one of our accelerator programmes. See website for programme details.
Invest Northern IrelandInvest NI endorses entities for Start-up/Innovator Visas via participation on its Accelerator Program or requests from Client companies only.
KolliderKollider is a high growth business incubator. We endorse members with innovative ideas in the creative, digital and tech sectors expected to scale in their markets within 24 months.
Level39Level39 only endorses those involved in FinTech, cyber security, smart cities, retail tech and other globally ambitious tech business.
MDR LABMDR LAB is an accelerator for tech start-ups in the legal space. We only endorse migrants accepted onto our 10-week May-July programme.
MedCityMedCity supports collaboration, investment, entrepreneurship and industry within the life sciences across Greater South-East of England.
NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator
RBS Entrepreneur Accelerator
Scottish EDGEScottish EDGE can endorse winners of its bi-annual funding competition for innovative, high-growth potential Scottish businesses. Approx. 6% of applicants win.
SeedcampWe invest early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. More information in our FAQs.
SeedHausNote – We do not accept unsolicited applications for endorsements.
SETsquared BristolSETsquared Bristol incubator will only endorse technology start-ups meeting entry criteria to our incubator (please see our website and looking to establish an office in Bristol.
Startup Funding Club
Tech NationTech Nation focuses on entrepreneurs of product-led digital technology businesses and commences work as an endorsing body in September 2019.
TechstarsTechstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.
Techstars runs two accelerator programs in London: Techstars London and Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.
Tech XUnique tech accelerator & incubator for global start-ups looking to transform the Energy Sector – offers unparalleled funding and support.
The Royal Society of EdinburghWe only provide endorsement to our awardees who have received an RSE Enterprise Fellowship. Unfortunately we cannot support any individual who does not fall under this category.
Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator
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