The Tech Nation Visa Scheme Is Now Live!
Attracting the best and brightest tech talent to the UK got easier today as the Home Office has published renewed eligibility criteria for the Tech Nation Visa Scheme (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent).
Following the announcement of plans to revise the criteria on 16th October 2015, the visa route is now officially open for applications under the new eligibility criteria.
This route is now open to candidates, who although assessed against the same criteria, will be considered to have ‘Exceptional Promise.’ This aims to open the route to a broader base of aspiring talent from outside the EU.
For more information please visit our dedicated Tech Nation Visa Scheme page. Here is an interactive flow chart of the process:
Introducing Upscale – a new programme to support the next generation of UK scale-up digital businesses
Upscale is a six-month pilot programme designed to accelerate the growth of 25 early stage high-growth digital businesses.
This builds on our commitment to support UK digital businesses at every stage of their lifecycle and growth trajectory from the Digital Business Academy for very early stage entrepreneurs to Future Fifty for much later stage businesses, where revenues are more than £3M/year.
Britain Scaling: International Expansion Fuels Future Fifty Growth
The Future Fifty programme, which supports high-growth digital businesses as they scale, has analysed growth trends within its member companies and found unprecedented rates of international expansion.
Demonstrating the potential for digital business to scale in the UK, Future Fifty companies now have paying customers in 170 countries and a third of their combined employees are based outside the UK. In the first nine months of 2015 alone, Future Fifty businesses have raised £470m in funding, an increase of 63% on the amount raised in the whole of 2014.
Today’s announcement coincides with the opening of applications for the next cohort of Future Fifty companies. Last year’s new cohort included TransferWise, RateSetter and World Remit.
To apply to become a member of the Future Fifty programme, digital businesses are encouraged to visit the Future Fifty website.
Tech City UK Builds Out Digital Business Academy as 18,000+ People Enrol in 10 Months
Building on the expert course content that has been already available, 3 new courses will be provided by current content provider, Founder Centric and Bristol-based content marketing specialist, Valuable Content.
In less than 12 months, more than 18,000 people from across the UK have signed up to the programme, demonstrating the appetite for digital entrepreneurship across the UK.
The three new courses are as follows:
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We're looking for new companies to join the Future Fifty programme!
The current Future Fifty companies have raised £791m since the programme was launched, we’re now looking for new companies to join. To apply to become a member of the Future Fifty programme, digital businesses are encouraged to visit the Future Fifty website.READ MORE
We've unveiled the Tech Nation Visa Scheme
Want to hire the best and brightest overseas talent? Do you want to live and work in the UK, and have an impressive track record in tech? You might be eligible for our Tech Nation Visa Scheme (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent).READ MORE
Digital Business Academy launch three new courses
Building on the expert course content that has been already available, 3 new courses will be provided by current content provider, Founder Centric and Bristol-based content marketing specialist, Valuable Content.SIGN UP
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