Taking your business to market

Are you a global graduate with an innovative start-up idea?

Do you have a promising idea that you can turn into a successful business?

Is your ambition to start up your own firm in a global business hub like the UK?

For overseas nationals seeking to start a new business in the UK, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has an exciting new programme – The Sirius Programme – aimed to attract the brightest and best final year students and graduate entrepreneurs to set up their businesses in the UK.

It offers you a place on one of the world’s best business accelerator programmes and also provides a £12,000 financial contribution. You will also receive additional support to gain clients, funding, mentoring and logistical help with relocating to the UK, including visa sponsorship.

The scheme is open to recent graduates or final year university students who have followed BA/BSc level, Master or Research degree programmes. Only teams of 2-4 members can apply, and at least half of the team must be non-British citizens.

For those who are interested, check out the Sirius Programme website for more information http://www.siriusprogramme.com/.

Apply for the chance to win a place at the Rice University Business Plan Competition

Calling all graduates with a current enterprise

Applications are being accepted for the chance to win a place at the Rice University Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest business plan competition for current students. Last year TiE UK sent 2 of the UK student teams competing at Rice University Business Plan Competition, a total of 3 teams from the UK took part.

Taking part in this competition with TiE UK is a great way to access the opportunity to:

  • Receive up to $1.5m in prize funds
  • Pitch their business idea in front of leading academics and investors
  • To widen their professional network outside of the UK
  • To receive feedback on their business plan and pitch from leading entrepreneurs
  • To receive complimentary mentoring and support

In order to apply your team should check that you meet the criteria.

Following this you can register and submit an executive summary here, making sure they adhere to the guidelines detailed on our website.

The deadline for submitting an executive summary is 1 November

If you have any questions, or if your team requires a short extension to the deadline, please contact Helen Sorrell, Chapter Manager for TiE UK Limited, at hsorrell@tie-uk.org.