Graduate entrepreneur scheme expands intake

100 places now available for innovative university leavers

Tech start-up scheme Entrepreneur First has increased its intake for 2013, offering 100 new places to university graduates.

Launched in 2011, the not-for-profit programme backed by Silicon Valley Bank, Microsoft and BskyB among other major corporates, took on 30 promising graduates in 2012, chosen from over 400 applicants.

Graduates from universities across the UK are invited to sign up to the scheme, which starts by enabling graduates to test new ideas and ends with fundraising support.

Successful applicants will be invited to try out their ideas, before moving onto an accelerator course, which enables members to fast-track their start-ups with support from networks and mentors.

By the end of the programme, promising start-ups will be provided with fundraising support, while others will be encouraged to try new ideas.

With the first round of graduates now in the accelerator stage of the programme, applications are now open for the intake of 2013.

CEO of Entrepreneur First Matt Clifford urges all entrepreneurial graduates to sign up before the closing date of January 4 2013: “We have been working closely with the inaugural cohort and they have now launched some hugely exciting companies based on ideas we’ve seen grow and develop over the past year.

“To see this group of 30 graduates learning, sharing ideas, building confidence and gaining experience together has been very exciting.

“There is no better time to begin your career as an entrepreneur than when you first graduate from university and we’d encourage anyone who would one day like to create a high-growth start-up to visit our site and find out more.”

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