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Talented graduate entrepreneurs brought to UK

A new Government scheme – the Sirius Programme – which aims to being the world’s best entrepreneurial talent to the UK has announced the first innovative start-ups to gain a place.

The seven start-ups, made up of 19 young entrepreneurs from 13 countries including India, China, Italy, Germany, Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, and Nigeria will now be able to establish their promising businesses in the UK, which it is hoped will help to boost Britain’s enterprise community, create jobs, and invite foreign investment.

More than 160 aspiring entrepreneurs from over 30 countries around the globe entered the first round of UK Trade & Investment’s Sirius Programme, which is designed to enable talented graduates with innovative start-up ideas to make the UK their home.

The teams will receive start-up support from the Programme including:

  • visa endorsement
  • a 12 month place on one of the best business accelerator programmes
  • mentoring
  • help gaining clients
  • financial support of £12,000 per team member.

The enterprises will be 100% owned by the graduate teams, and no equity is taken.

The Sirius Programme aims to attract hundreds of talented entrepreneurs into the UK in its first two years, with each of the resulting business expected to create new jobs, bring in foreign investment and make a significant cumulative impact on the UK economy.

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