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Newcastle University supporting the next wave of high-growth technology companies

Newcastle University supporting the next wave of high-growth technology companies

22 November 2021

Four alumni-founded businesses have been accepted onto the Global Entrepreneur Programme with the help of our START UP team.

As a Home Office endorsing body for the Start-up Visa route, formerly the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, since 2012, Newcastle University's START UP team has been supporting and endorsing ambitious international graduates to remain in the UK to start and grow businesses. 

It is through the University's partnership with the Department for International Trade's (DIT) Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) that a sub-set of these companies with potentially ground-breaking products or services based on unique technology have also been able to access mentoring from DIT's network of entrepreneurs known as ‘dealmakers’, who are experienced in setting up, building, scaling and selling technology companies.

The following companies all founded by Newcastle University graduates have been accepted onto the Global Entrepreneur Programme:

Complementing the business support they received through START UP, Dealmaker and Newcastle University alum Dr Alan Lowdon has connected these companies into the global ecosystem to support them to scale their solution to address global opportunities. GEP has also endorsed many of these founders for a next stage visa, such as the Innovator Visa, to enable them to drive their businesses forward with their global headquarters remaining in the UK, with all but Fiquetex still in the North East.

Dr Lowdon commented:

"The START UP team at Newcastle University and GEP are tailor-made for each other. We share the common goals of seeing high-quality, technology-based businesses thrive and add value to UK PLC, as well as facilitating the entry into the UK of highly motivated, talented entrepreneurs. It is especially pleasing for me as an alumnus of Newcastle and former MD of a spin-out business of the University to be involved supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators coming through the system there, most of which are now adding significantly to the North East innovation ecosystem."