Stage 1 - Visa requirements
The applicant is required to have their visa checked by the International Student Team (IST) who will confirm to Careers Network that the application meets essential immigration criteria for making a Start-up application.
Should the applicant not be able to provide documentation meeting the Home Office criteria, the application will not be considered for further processing.
Please note that University staff members are unable to provide guidance on the visa application process, we recommend that advice is sought from an independent immigration adviser.
Stage 2 - Application selection process
After the IST have confirmed that the applicant holds a relevant visa, there are two stages to the formal selection process.
An application form must be submitted electronically for short-listing by the relevant application deadline (see dates above). Please note if you require a visa endorsement and you're applying as part of a team then each individual must submit an application form. We cannot accept a joint application form on behalf of the business. We endorse applicants as individuals.
The application will be considered confidentially by a panel of experts appointed by Careers Network. In order to qualify for an interview a 50% pass mark is required for each section.
Short-listed applicants will be formally invited to attend a panel interview.
The following selection criteria will be applied to each application:
Innovation – the applicant must have a genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage.
- They will be expected to give examples of their business' unique offering as opposed to merely competing with similar traders.
- They should be able to provide example that their product is not already in the market; if so they need to justify the purpose of their product or service.
- Ideally they need to show that their idea is contributing something new to the UK /global business market.
Viability – you must be actively developing the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience and market awareness to successfully run the business.
- The candidate must provide evidence of their primary market research.
- They should be able to demonstrate that they have realistic, sustainable product goals.
- Their business plan should also include their long term goals for the business.
Scalability – the candidate must provide evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national markets.
- They should be able to explain how they intend the business to gain sufficient traction.
- They should be able to demonstrate the potential for their business' growth.
- The applicant could develop the idea into a business.
- The applicant demonstrated evidence of personal qualities to succeed.
Stage 3 - Panel interviews, marking and progression
The Interview Panel will consist of a minimum of three assessors, including at least one member of the Careers Network team. Panel interviews will normally last between 30 and 40 minutes including time for the applicant to outline their business and questions from the Panel.
Outcomes will normally be communicated to the applicant within two weeks after the last interview for that application round has taken place.
Following an interview, all candidates will be provided with written feedback on their own application.
The decision of the panel is final and there is no appeal process.
Please refer to our policy and guidance document for more information and guidance - Start-up Policy guidance document (Word - 800KB).
Please note, the application deadline dates are currently subject to change due to the global pandemic. If you have any further queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find a full list of the application questions here: Start-up Visa application questions (Word - 772KB)