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Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

There is a limit of 1,000 places for each of the periods 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013 and 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014.  The limit of 1,000 places is divided equally between participating institutions, (these must be highly trusted sponsors under Tier 4, or A rated Tier 2 and 5 sponsors if a Tier 2 and 5 sponsor licence is held) up to a maximum of 10 endorsements per institution, to qualify institutions must confirm that they wish to take part; and that they have established processes and competence for identifying, nurturing and developing entrepreneurs among their undergraduate and postgraduate population.

You will need to request a letter of endorsement from your UK Higher Education Institution before you make your application under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category.  The letter of endorsement must confirm that the UK Higher Education Institution has assessed you and your business idea and that you have a genuine, credible and innovative business idea, and you will spend the majority of your working time on developing business ventures.  You will also need to have a recognised degree level qualification and meet the English language and maintenance requirements.

The limit does not apply to Graduate Entrepreneur applicants who wish to extend their leave under this category.