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Welcome to the UK: home of the entrepreneurial spirit. 

From our world-class outstanding financial services to a globally renowned workforce, there are countless reasons why entrepreneurs choose the UK time after time.
 

The UK emphatically provides the ideal environment for entrepreneurs to set up and scale their businesses – so discover how you can unlock your potential here with tailored support from the Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP).

 

The Global Entrepreneur Programme

The GEP is the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) flagship programme that enables ambitious, internationally mobile entrepreneurs and their innovation-rich companies to scale and grow from a UK global HQ.

Once a GEP-backed company establishes its global HQ in the UK, it receives focussed and tailored support as part of the GEP Alumni Academy. 

 


How it works

We support the ambitions of global entrepreneurs who want to access the UK’s world class entrepreneurial ecosystem to accelerate their growth and who will benefit from GEP’s expert support.
 
You will work with our team of dealmakers, successful entrepreneurs with vast experience in scaling technology businesses. They leverage their expertise and networks to help you expand your innovative business globally from your UK HQ.

Our Dealmakers

Dealmakers identify and attract highly innovative, internationally mobile founders with the necessary skills to scale their innovation-rich businesses from a UK HQ.

They act as advisers and mentors and have abundant networks both in the UK and overseas. So they can provide GEP’s alumni with introductions to various key connections including potential investors and partners.

Find out if you qualify for the GEP

We support innovative technology companies with a large addressable market who are looking to scale
 

Your company will need to be beyond the proof-of-concept stage and you as founder should have significant expertise in your field and have established yourself in your industry, gained traction, raised money, etc.  

You will have a strong willingness to relocate your global headquarters to the UK with one co-founder based in the UK grow the business.

Supporting Your Business

The GEP’s team of dealmakers and HQ team work directly with our pipeline companies as well as our alumni as part of the GEP Alumni programme.

We provide focussed guidance on relocating to the UK, including Innovator Visa applications and endorsement. 

Looking to accelerate your business?

Send your pitch deck to us at globalentrepreneurs@trade.gov.uk

 

 
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Success stories

 
 
Logo for the company Carbon CleanCarbon Clean


Carbon Clean's patented cost-effective CO2 capture technology is for critical industries such as cement, steel, refineries, and energy from waste (EfW).

Headquartered in the UK with the help of the Global Entrepreneur Programme and UK government funding totalling £5 million, Carbon Clean has accelerated the commercialisation of their innovative technology which is currently installed at over 38 facilities globally.

See CarbonClean.com

 
Logo for the company PisanoPisano


Long-standing GEP business, Pisano provides an AI-based software-as-a-service solutions, Pisano helps enterprise businesses streamline customer and employee experiences.

Sectors include banking, insurance, retail, utility and travel. Their solution enables businesses to increase customer retention, employee engagement, revenue growth, productivity and customer loyalty and decrease costs, employee turnover and IT overheads.

See Pisano.com

 
Logo for the company, swIDch SwIDch


Originally based in South Korea, swIDch established their GHQ in London, in 2018, following engagement with GEP at a Tech Rocketship event in Korea.

SwIDch is an innovation enabler offering the world’s first one-way dynamic authentication technology, OTAC.

They hold the honour of being recognised year after year, as one of the world’s most innovative CyberTech Companies for financial institutions.

See Swidch.com

 
Logo for the company KudabankKuda


In 2019, Nigerian start-up Kuda established their global HQ in the UK, with the plan to launch their products and services globally.

The London-based challenger bank has successfully closed their Series A round of funding in March 2021, quickly followed by a Series B round of funding in August 2021.

Kuda is valuated at $500 million as at September 2021.

See kudabank.com

 

Video testimonial

 

GEP Alumna Pip Jamieson, CEO of The Dots.

 
Pip relocated The Dots from Australia to the UK in 2014 with support from the Global Entrepreneur Programme.
 
The Dots is a professional networking site for the creative sector and since their move here, the company has grown to over 300,000 members and more than 10,000 companies using the network for project sharing and hiring (representing more than 10% of the UK creative sector).
 

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Throughout the year we run focussed and tailored events to help GEP companies grow their businesses in the UK.  

These include our specialist masterclasses which provide interactive and dynamic fora covering key business-focussed subjects ranging from how to access funding, building sales strategies, tax, banking, HR/workforce and protecting intellectual property.

Looking to accelerate your business?

Send your pitch deck to us at globalentrepreneurs@trade.gov.uk