What are the criteria of the endorsing bodies?

There are 24 qualified endorsing bodies on GOV.UK website for the Innovator visa. However, the applicant should consider the content of the information that the endorsing bodies provide prior to contacting them.

Innovator endorsing bodies

The Bakery

The Bakery endorses bona-fide entrepreneurs who qualify for our corporate innovation programmes.

Bethnal Green Ventures

BGV is an early stage investor in tech for good companies who only endorse start-up entrepreneurs accepted onto their support programme.

Capital Enterprise

Capital Enterprise will only be endorsing founders within our community. Check back as this may change with time.


CyLon is interested in hearing from emerging cyber security companies or entrepreneurs planning on setting up an innovative cyber start-up.

Deep Science Ventures

Apply if you are a scientist or engineer determined to start a deep science company. Please apply through the current opportunities page.

Founders Factory

Founders Factory is an award-winning tech startup accelerator and incubator. We endorse entrepreneurs joining one of our programmes.


We only endorse applicants who are successful in applying for one of our accelerator programmes.

Invest Northern Ireland

Invest NI endorses entities for Start-up/Innovator Visas via participation on its Accelerator Program or requests from Client companies only.


Kollider is a high growth business incubator. We endorse members with innovative ideas in the creative, digital and tech sectors expected to scale in their markets within 24 months.

Level 39

Level39 only endorses those involved in FinTech, cyber security, smart cities, retail tech and other globally ambitious tech business.


MDR LAB is an accelerator for tech start-ups in the legal space. We only endorse migrants accepted onto our 10-week May-July programme.


MedCity supports collaboration, investment, entrepreneurship and industry within the life sciences across Greater South-East of England.

NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator is a 6 month programme for entrepreneurs with high growth businesses who are looking to scale up.

Royal Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur Accelerator

Royal Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur Accelerator is a 6 month programme for entrepreneurs with high growth businesses who are looking to scale up.

Scottish EDGE

Scottish EDGE can endorse winners of its bi-annual funding competition for innovative, high-growth potential Scottish businesses. Approximately 6% of applicants win.


We invest early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology. Visit their website for more information.


SeedHaus do not accept unsolicited applications for endorsements.

SETsquared Bristol

SETsquared Bristol incubator will only endorse technology start-ups meeting entry criteria to our incubator and looking to establish an office in Bristol.

Startup Funding Club

Startup Funding Club are an angel investor club looking to invest in disruptive businesses.

Tech Nation

Tech Nation focuses on entrepreneurs of product-led digital technology businesses and commences work as an endorsing body in September 2019.

Techstars London

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars runs two accelerator programs in London: Techstars London and Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Tech X

Tech X is a unique tech accelerator & incubator for global start-ups looking to transform the Energy Sector – offers unparalleled funding and support.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh only provide endorsement to our awardees who have received an RSE Enterprise Fellowship. Unfortunately we cannot support any individual who does not fall under this category.

Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator

Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator is a 6 month programme for entrepreneurs with high growth businesses who are looking to scale up.


Wayra works with start-ups to offer innovative solutions to Telefónica’s customers.


Zinc combines insights from social sciences with top entrepreneurial talent and venture capital to build new, scalable, mission-led businesses.

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