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This page provides a list of authorised endorsing bodies that can issue endorsements for innovator visas, as well as information provided by the endorsing bodies. An organisation can only issue an endorsement if it is on the list.
If you have been offered an endorsement by an organisation that is not on the list, you can report it on GOV.UK.
Before contacting an endorsing body
Before you contact an endorsing body, you should consider the content of the information provided below and visit their website. You should only contact an endorsing body if you are applying for an endorsement from them.
For more general queries regarding the Innovator route, applicants and immigration advisors should refer to the information on gov.uk. if you need further information, applicants should contact UKVI.
Immigration advisors can contact the Home Office business helpdesk.
Neither the endorsing bodies nor the business helpdesk will answer hypothetical or speculative enquiries.
Business endorsing bodies
The Bakery endorses bona-fide entrepreneurs who qualify for our corporate innovation programmes.
BGV is an early stage investor in tech, for good companies, who only endorse start-up entrepreneurs accepted onto their support programme.
Blue Orchid will only endorse high growth start-ups who are working within their client base across England’s North West and West Midlands.
Capital Enterprise will only be endorsing founders within their community. Check back as this may change in time.
CyLon is interested in hearing from emerging cyber security companies or entrepreneurs planning on setting up an innovative cyber start-up.
Apply if you are a scientist or engineer determined to start a deep science company. Please apply through the current opportunities page.
DRS will only consider applications for endorsement from those individuals who they are working with in their client base.
They support genuine global entrepreneurs who are looking to build dynamic, disruptive and fast growing business here in the UK.
They offer an open invitation to entrepreneurs worldwide with innovative business ideas to register in their Business Support Program, with future potential endorsement. Contact them now.
Fortunis Capital works with motivated individuals and teams who have innovative and scalable proposals that aim to have a positive impact on wider society. They actively manage their entire portfolio.
Founders Factory is an award-winning tech startup accelerator and incubator. They endorse entrepreneurs joining one of their programmes.
They only endorse applicants who are successful in applying for one of their accelerator programmes.
Innovate Britain focus on vital enterprise sectors including Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer and Infrastructure. Applications are accepted through their website.
Invest NI endorses entities for Start-up/Innovator Visas through participation on its accelerator program or requests from client companies only.
Kollider is a high growth business incubator. They endorse members with innovative ideas in the creative, digital and tech sectors expected to scale in their markets within 24 months.
Level39 only endorses those involved in FinTech, cyber security, smart cities, retail tech and other globally ambitious tech business.
MDR LAB is an accelerator for tech start-ups in the legal space. They only endorse migrants accepted onto our 10-week May-July programme.
MedCity supports collaboration, investment, entrepreneurship and industry within the life sciences across Greater South-East of England.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh only provide endorsement to their awardees who have received an RSE Enterprise Fellowship. They cannot support any individual who does not fall under this category.
Scottish EDGE can endorse winners of its bi-annual funding competition for innovative, high-growth potential Scottish businesses. Approximately 6% of applicants win.
Seedcamp invest early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. Please visit their website for more information and FAQs.
SeedHaus do not accept unsolicited applications for endorsements.
SETsquared Bristol is not currently accepting external or speculative applications for Innovator through endorsement. This may change in the future, so please check back here for updates.
Startup Funding Club invests in early stage ventures from across all sectors, leading their first funding round, supporting growth and taking them to the next stage.
Tech Nation focuses on entrepreneurs of product-led digital technology businesses and are developing an initiative to identify and support Tech Nation applicants. They aim to begin endorsing applications by April 2020 or sooner if possible. Please visit their website for future updates.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. They can only endorse Techstars backed Founders and other individuals from the Network.
Tech X is a unique tech accelerator and incubator for global start-ups looking to transform the energy sector – offers unparalleled funding and support.