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Start up visa endorsement

Start-up Visa Endorsement

For international students who want to start a business in the UK

Ngozi Ossai founder of start-up GOZI Haircare

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START UP endorses eligible international students who want to remain in the UK after graduation to develop and grow an innovative, viable and scalable business. 

We can help you discover what it takes to start up in the UK, develop your business skills and give you practical strategies to achieve success. By becoming part of our START UP community, you’ll also gain access to peer-to-peer support, networking opportunities and valuable contacts during and after your studies.


Start a business in the UK

The Start-up visa route is for early-stage but high potential entrepreneurs starting a business in the UK for the first time. To qualify for this visa, you must obtain an endorsement from an approved endorsing body like us. 

  • The Start-up visa offers 2 years to remain in the UK to develop your business
  • You can take on other work outside of the business to support yourself
  • You don’t need funds to invest in your business at this stage
  • Successful applicants can bring their family members to the UK
  • At the end of the 2 years, you can apply for an Innovator visa to extend your stay and continue your business in the UK

The Start-up visa route replaced the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa route in April 2019. Before you get in touch, please read our guide for more information on the Start-up visa route and how to apply.

Download an accessible version of the START UP Visa Endorsement Information Booklet (PDF: 165KB)