Start UK

Support for Brookes international graduates in starting a business in the UK

Decide which visa is right for you

Enterprise Support work with the international alumni of Oxford Brookes University who are up to and including four years from graduation, to endorse them under the Home Office Start-Up and Innovator post-study work visa categories.  

We also work alongside the International Student Team (ISAT) to support international graduates from the university who hold a Graduate Visa and wish to then register and start a business or become self-employed.

Each of these three visas can allow you to extend your stay in the UK to set up and grow a business or become self employed after your studies.

PLEASE NOTE:  Enterprise Support will only endorse graduates seeking to apply for one of these visas, who are graduates from Oxford Brookes University, who are within four years of completing their studies and in the case of an Innovator Visa have previously been endorsed by the university on a Start-Up Visa

Start Up Visa

Enterprise Support offers a portfolio of  FREE training and events which can help you to develop your business idea as well as provide practical guidance on how to register, start and grow a business or become self-employed whilst based in the UK.  This includes the Start-Up Visa.

 The Start-Up Visa replaced the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route (closed on the 5th July 2019).

Start-Up:

  • is for those who are seeking to start their business in the UK for the first time
  • is for early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs who have an innovative, scalable and competitive business idea 
  • Provides a TWO YEAR visa, during which applicants spend the majority of their time developing the business.  

For Start-Up: 

  • You don't need to have secured any investment funds in your business and you can apply from outside the UK.
  • If successful, applicants can bring their family members (spouses/partners and children under 18) to the UK. 
  • To gain endorsement from us, isn't automatic, and you will need to engage in a selective process.
  • You will need to be ready to register and launch your business as soon as your Start-Up Visa is approved.

We currently only work with applications from:

  • Global alumni of Oxford Brookes University who are up-to and including four years of being awarded a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD from Oxford Brookes University


Innovator Visa

Enterprise Support offers a portfolio of  FREE training and events which can help you to develop your business idea as well as provide practical guidance on how to register, start and grow a business or become self-employed whilst based in the UK.  This includes the Innovator Visa.

Please note that we currently only accept endorsement applications from:

  • Current or previous Start-Up Visa holders that were endorsed by Oxford Brookes University and are up-to FOUR years from graduation.

Graduate Visa

Enterprise Support offers a portfolio of  FREE training and events which can help you to develop your business idea as well as provide practical guidance on how to register, start and grow a business or become self-employed whilst based in the UK. 

For support in gaining a Graduate Visa, please contact the International Student Advice Team webpages for guidance on the eligibility requirements, the application process and conditions.

If you have been granted a Graduate Visa then, we are able to:

  • provide guidance on how to register and start a business, 
  • become self-employed or go freelance in the UK. 

With a Graduate Visa:

  • You don’t need to gain an endorsement letter from Oxford Brookes University to apply for it.
  • You have the opportunity to stay in the UK for TWO years after after you complete your degree (3 years if you have a doctoral qualification). 
  • You may start a business or become self-employed.
  • You must be in the UK when you apply. 
  • Your family can apply to stay too, but only if they were ‘dependents’ on your current Student Visa or Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.




How to apply

Please read our eligibility guidelines carefully before making your decision. 

After which, please make an appointment with one of our team to discuss your business aspirations in more depth. 

For the full list of Endorsing Bodies for Investor business development and talent visas, please visit the Government website. 


Meet with a member of our team

Contact us

General enquiries and support

enterprise-support@brookes.ac.uk

Enterprise event enquiries

enterprise-events@brookes.ac.uk