The application process and the key dates
Please read the essential guidance notes before starting your application, and ensure that you are eligible before applying.
We also encourage you to refer to the Hints and Tips document which provides a list of questions and descriptions for each stage application form.
All applications must be submitted through our online application portal.
If you have any questions, please email the Enterprise team.
In Stage one, you briefly tell us about yourself and your idea. It will take about 60 minutes to complete. If you are eligible for the programme and your idea is suitable for the type of the support we offer and you are a good fit for the programme, then we will invite you to complete a stage two application. Stage one does not consider how good the idea is, but whether it fits within the criteria and aims of the programme.
The Stage two application is more detailed and will consider how good the idea is, and your potential to lead a startup. You will need to provide more information about yourself, the team, the technology and the business model – this will take you between one to three working days. This part of the application will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and if successful you will be invited to interview.
Please note, due to the large volumes of applications we will not be able to provide you with the Panel’s feedback on your Stage two application until the selection process is fully completed.