Regional Talent Engines: Eligibility


  • 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​ 

The innovation​ 

  • 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​ 

The application​ 

  • 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. 


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