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Revised application details for the Tier I visa

Blogged by John Gilbert on September 17, 2015.

Due to the transfer of information to our new CareerConnect site, the deadline for applications for endorsement under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa scheme has been extended to midnight on Sunday 20th September. Additionally, all applications must be submitted via email to Caroline Thurston at, rather than uploaded to CareerConnect.

The vacancy listing can be found on the new CareerConnect site: search under ‘Opportunities’ for Reference ID 7117.

Details of required application documents can be found below. If you have any queries please contact

How to apply

Four application documents are required, to be submitted VIA EMAIL TO

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter demonstrating:
    • Eligibility
    • Personal commitment to the entrepreneurial idea
    • Support needed and available from the university and elsewhere
    • Previous relevant experience in the service/product, as an entrepreneur, and in business
  3. A description of your business and progress to date. Applications will be judged on the following selection criteria:
    • Is this a genuine, credible and innovative business idea?
    • Can you demonstrate your ownership, or co-ownership, of the idea?
    • Is there evidence of progress to date that demonstrates a real commitment to getting the business started, including for example:
    • Feedback from current or potential users/customers?
    • Financing – actual and/or promised?
    • Contracts?
    • Formalising of the business—eg, incorporation/registration, website, domain names, offices?
    • A short business plan that includes an assessment of market, competition, customers, service/product, and financial requirements .
    • Realistic and useful measures for assessing performance after 1 year.
  4. Additional information. A one page document that addresses the following three points:
    • Current status of the venture – idea, pilot, early operations (check one and provide one sentence details)
    • What is your stake to build the business in UK (not more than 100 words to mark the argument explicitly)
    • What do you imagine the venture doing/being in 2 years. Please outline 5 key milestones along the way.