Government launches scheme to help bring ‘world’s best entrepreneurial’ graduates to UK

UKTI Sirius programme offers package of investment, mentoring and logistical support

The government’s international business arm UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has unveiled a new scheme, The Sirius Programme, which seeks to enable talented graduates and students from across the world to relocate to the UK.

Announced at UKTI’s annual international Entrepreneurs’ Festival, the programme will provide young entrepreneurs who have “innovative start-up ideas” with a 12-month package which includes seed investment and a place in a leading business accelerator programme.

Chosen start-ups will also receive mentoring and logistical help to relocate to Britain in order to turn their “idea [in]to reality”.

The government intends to attract hundreds of entrepreneurs through the programme with the goal of creating new jobs and attracting foreign investment, culminating in an improved British economy.

Any student or recent graduate with an early-stage business idea or business plan can apply and places will be allocated on a monthly basis from October 2013 to January 2013.

Trade and investment minister Lord Green commented: “The UK is one of the top places in the world to become an entrepreneur and we want to attract talented graduates to set up and build their business here.

“UKTI’s Sirius scheme will be one of the most comprehensive start-up support packages offered globally, and the best in Europe.”

The deadline for entries for October’s intake is September 30, to apply click here.

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