The Sirius Programme, working with UK Trade and Investment, can support final-year students and recent graduates in small teams to set up a business in the UK. This includes advice, funding and help with immigration applications under the Elite Global Graduate Entrepreneur subcategory of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur).
See the Sirius Programme website for full details. Below are answers to some additional questions we asked:
- Is the aim of this programme mostly to target graduates outside the UK? Yes, but the Sirius Programme is open to graduates who are currently living in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
- Do British citizens who are part of a team get funding? Yes
- Could you clarify the timings? Places will be allocated each month between October 2013 and January 2014. The entry deadline for the next intake is 30 November 2013, the final deadline is mid-January 2014. We are looking for people to come and get set up as soon as possible, so from now to early 2014.
- What do the different monthly deadlines indicate? Is there a set allocation each month? There is a not a set allocation each month, it’s just that we are staggering the intake as the judging process can take a while and some people are ready now, whilst others need more time.
- Do all team members receive the £12,000? Yes.
If you are an international student in the UK and you want to set up a business under Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), endorsed by your current university or college, see our detailed information about this scheme and contact the relevant department in your institution.