Endorsing Bodies for Innovator Visa Applicants

UK Innovator Visa
UK Innovator Visa is for meant for those who have a new and viable business idea

Below is a list of authorised innovator visa business endorsing bodies


The Bakery

The Bakery endorses bona-fide entrepreneurs who qualify for their corporate innovation programmes.

Bethnal Green Ventures

BGV is an early stage investor in technology for good companies who only endorse start-up entrepreneurs accepted onto their support programme.

Blue Orchid

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

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.

Deep Science Ventures

Apply if you are a scientist or engineer determined to start a deep science company. Please apply through the current opportunities page.

DRS Business Solutions

DRS will only consider applications for endorsement from those individuals who they are working with in their client base.

Emsworth Corporate Planning (ECP)

They support genuine global entrepreneurs who are looking to build dynamic, disruptive and fast growing business here in the UK.

First Corporate Finance

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 Ltd

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

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

Innovate Britain focus on vital enterprise sectors including Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer and Infrastructure. Applications are accepted through their website.

Invest Northern Ireland

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.

Level 39

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.

NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

Click on the link above to checkout NatWest’s endorsement criteria

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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.

Royal Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur Accelerator

Click on the link above to checkout RBS’s endorsement criteria

Scottish EDGE

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

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

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

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 London

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. They can only endorse Techstars backed Founders and other individuals from the Network.

Tech X

Tech X is a unique tech accelerator and incubator for global start-ups looking to transform the energy sector – offers unparalleled funding and support.

Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator

Click on the link above to checkout UB’s endorsement criteria


Click on the link above to checkout their endorsement criteria