You must be resident in the region that you are applying to take part in the programme
You must have technical expertise in the area of your innovation
You must have the right to live and work in the UK
You must meet one of the group criteria on the previous page (recent FE graduate or mid-later career engineer)
You must be able to commit time to taking part in the programme from September 2022
You must be at least 18 to apply
You cannot be in full time study or employment if accepted onto phase two of the programme
Previous experience of commercialisation or enterprise is not required
You must have an innovative engineering or technology-based solution to an identified problem or market need
Your innovation should be beyond invention stage (TRL2 or above) with a practical application identified, the concept formulated and the desire to develop a business proposition
Your startup should have the potential to be self-sustaining and scalable
If you have already registered a new business, the innovation should not currently be available to the market other than as a prototype with limited sales
You must be committed to establishing your new startup in the region where you are applying to take part in the programme
We cannot accept applications from individuals wishing to start a consultancy business
One person per application
Only one application can be submitted by each individual
Only individuals can apply to phase one.
The Academy is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented across engineering, as well as recognising the full breadth of engineering.
Please note, if you have graduated with your very first university degree within the last five years or you wish to spinout a company from a university or research institute, you are not eligible for this programme. Please consider instead the Enterprise Fellowships programme.