UK on the hunt for the world's finest entrepreneurs

The Sirius Programme, spearheaded by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), wants to bring the world’s best talent to the UK with a bang. It's a 12-month start-up support and acceleration package open to students and recent graduates with an early stage business idea.

Individuals will receive £12,000 in finances, expert advice and help with their move away from native home. What makes this initiative different is the global impact it hopes to create and the difference it could have on the UK economy.

The goal is to attract hundreds of entrepreneurs into the UK in its first two years, with each business creating new jobs and bringing in foreign investment. This is made possible by the nation's access to 500 million customers in Europe, with 62 million of those in the UK.

The Sirius Programme was launched to an audience of 175 students and graduates from 43 countries around the globe at last week’s UKTI’s Entrepreneurs’ Festival in Manchester.

Sirius is an exciting initiative that could create the beginnings of an unforgettable journey. Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green wants the UK to be recognised as the number one location for businesses worldwide.

"The UK is one of the top places in the world to become an entrepreneur and we want to attract talented graduates to set up and build their business here. UKTI's Sirius scheme will be one of the most comprehensive start-up support packages offered globally, and the best in Europe," he said.

“Ensuring that Britain becomes the country of choice for talented graduates to start and grow their businesses will help our economy to grow, boost productivity and create jobs.”

Britain sports stars have been punching above their weight in the last year with the Olympic Games, Andy Murray's Wimbledon Grand Slam win and the Great British Lions' tour success. Well now it's time for British businesses to step up to the plate.

For more information and to apply, visit Sirius Programme. Places will be allocated each month between October 2013 and January 2014, and the deadline for entries for October’s intake is 30 September 2013.

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