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How to Apply

Please begin by reading the following documents:

Tier 1 (GE) Scheme Guidance Notes

Those who meet the eligibility criteria outlined on the Guidance Notes are invited to apply for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) endorsement by following the procedures listed below:

Stage 1 - Read the information and register your interest.
If you are interested in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Scheme, you can register your interest here: 

Stage 2 - Attend a Webinar or Workshop

Once you have read the information about the scheme on our website and registered your interest, you will be invited to attend a webinar or workshop to learn more about the Scheme.

Stage 3 – Initial Meeting

After attending the workshop or webinar, a link to book an initial 30 minute meeting with the Graduate Enterprise Officer will be made accessible to you. The initial meeting will be used to check your details, and ask you to provide details that will enable us to consider your eligibility and your business proposal.

Stage 4 – Invitation to Apply for the Tier 1 Graduate Scheme

Subject to the outcome of the meeting, a member of the Enterprise team will invite you to apply by submitting your business plan and video pitch. Using a font no smaller than Arial 10, the maximum length of your business plan should be 10 pages, plus a 1 page executive summary, plus a maximum of 2 pages of appendices. If the plan you submit exceeds 13 pages (excluding cover and contents pages), you will be asked to resubmit with a shorter plan according to the guidelines.

You can find more information on how to write a business plan here:
· Guide to writing a business plan

Stage 5 – Shortlist Applications

The Panel will review all applications and shortlist the strongest business applications to progress to the Pitch to Panel session.

Stage 6 - Pitch to Panel.

Should your application for endorsement be shortlisted, you will be expected to pitch your business to the University of Warwick Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Selection Panel. The panel will be made up of senior staff from across the University’s academic and non-academic departments along with independent entrepreneurs. Where you are part of a team, all members of the group applying for endorsement must be present at the Pitch to Panel interview.
The Panel will assess your application based on your business being credible, viable and innovative, and determine whether they have confidence in you and the approach you outline.

Stage 7 - Receive a decision.

  1. You will gain endorsement
  2. You will be required to provide further evidence requested by the panel
  3. You will not gain endorsement from the University, and you will have no right to appeal.

Stage 8 - If successful, issue of endorsement letter.