Start-up visa

If you're an international student (on a Tier 4 visa) that wants to set up a business in the UK, The Hive may be able to assist you with a Start-up Visa (previously Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa).

The UK can be an excellent place to build a business. If you're an international student that's looking to set up a startup, you may be able to extend your stay by at least a year.

What does the Start-up visa offer?

If you secure one of these visas, you'll be able to remain in the UK for 2 years or more while you establish your business. You'll also receive support from our experts at The Hive, and develop contacts and networks.

Please note that the visa doesn't give you the right to settle in the UK, and places are limited.

What do I need to apply?

To be considered, you must meet the UK Border Agency's qualification criteria, and have:

  • A credible idea for a business that meets the criteria of the UK Border Agency and The Hive.
  • A letter of endorsement from The Hive NTU.
  • An NTU degree.
  • We've collected more information on visa guidelines.

If you want to find out more, please contact us on +44 (0)115 848 4354 or email us at

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