SME Leaders: Eligibility

  • Your company must have raised at least £500,000 equity investment (from inception) and/or have a turnover of at least £200,000 (in the last financial year) (excluding grants and consultancy)

  • Both engineers and non-engineers who work at engineering and technology SMEs based in the UK are welcome to apply

  • Applications must be written and submitted by the intended recipient

  • Each enterprise can submit a maximum of one application for the programme. One additional application will be considered in another round if it is submitted by a candidate belonging to a group that is underrepresented within UK engineering. 

  • Applicants must come from a company based in the UK and registered with Companies House. For multinational companies, the Head Office must be based in the UK

  • Applicants of any nationality are eligible as long as you have the right to work in the UK

  • Only applicants from SMEs who aren't wholly or majority owned by another company are eligible (SME as per the EU definition)
  • We cannot accept applications from consultancies
  • Software companies must exhibit engineering as their core component and should be innovative and protectable
  • Only one applicant per company per round
  • The Academy is committed to diversity and welcomes nominations and nominees from women and other groups who are currently under-represented across engineering, as well as recognising the full breadth of engineering.


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