What you get

Ten to twenty businesses will be accepted on to the Sirius Programme in each cohort. We will aim to offer two cohorts per year. Each participating company will receive the same package of support comprising all of the following elements.

Investment and Services

  • A total package of approximately £55,000 of investment and support in exchange for a 10% equity stake in each busienss
  • Approximately £35,000 in seed funding to develop your business, from business angels and professional investors
  • Services with a market value of approximately £20,0000 including incubation in one of 12 regional centres relevant to your business provided by E-Spark, Europe's largest incubation provider

Training and Mentoring

  • Approximately 30 days of dedicated training for each Sirius cohort delivered in London by the Accelerator Network, the leading private sector supplier of accelerator training in the UK
  • Training will cover pre-accleration and acceleration stages with additional support through pithcing for further funding to take your business on at the end of the programme
  • Mentors for each business by experts relevant to their fields

Support Throughout the Programme 

  • Support in obtaining a UK visa for members of the founding team that require one. Sirius has a dedicated visa allocation for qualifying participants
  • Welcome and orientation programme in London
  • Dedicated contact points for support on arrival, visas and all elements of the Programme activity
  • Help to open a business bank account with Natwest, if required
  • Support for travel to and from events during the Programme
  • Membership of NACUE giving access to national events, the Student Enterprise Conference (the largest student enterprise conference in the UK) and start up job fairs where you can recruit interns.  NACUE will also help you to develop community links in your regional centre

Graduation and Alumni

  • Graduation event and award for all completing participants
  • Access to the Sirius alumni network and alumni events programme
  • Ongoing informal business support
  • Qualifying participants will be supported through applications to extend their visa for a further year, if required

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