Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur scheme is designed to give international students that have recently successfully completed a degree level, or higher course, at Coventry University or Coventry University London Campus (referred to as Coventry University hereafter), and that have a ‘genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills”, the opportunity to develop this within the UK with the support of the University.

Information about this scheme is available in the Tier 1 GE policy guidance here:



Who can apply?

Students that have completed an undergraduate degree level course or higher at Coventry University and have had their business idea successfully assessed by Coventry University’s Enterprise team can make an application under this category.

It is possible to apply either within the UK, provided you have current valid leave under Tier 4. It is also possible to apply from overseas, however the maintenance requirements differ – please see the ‘How much money do I need?’ section for more details.

You cannot switch into the Tier 1 GE category if you have previously had Post Study Work leave or were granted leave under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland, International Graduates, or Science and Engineering Graduate Schemes

Coventry University can sponsor only a limited number of applicants under Tier 1 GE and the standard expected of applicants is high.


If you would like any further information or would like to apply please complete our enquiry form.