Start Up and Innovator Visa programmes: Unleashing the talent of international students and graduates

2:00 pm - 4:15 pm 16/06/2021

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Start Up and Innovator Visa programmes: Unleashing the talent of international students and graduates.

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 2pm to 4.10pm


Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear examples of good practice in the delivery of the Start-up and Innovator visa schemes
  • Discuss obstacles and areas of challenge
  • Consider how to capture and showcase impact created by international talent
  • Learn from others who are adapting to new needs and world context post-covid
  • Take away learnings to apply in their own institutions to revitalise the visa schemes they run including better capture of impact.
  • Gain a better understanding of how the UK fares in the race to attract global talent
  • Help to shape a more permanent network/forum for universities that are endorsing bodies for Start-Up and Innovator Visas.


This online Enterprise Exchange event, co-hosted by EEUK and Oxford Brookes University, will provide a forum for sharing good practice and discussing new ideas and approaches to the Start-up and Innovator Visa schemes. We will also discuss the impact of the introduction of the new Graduate Visa route.

The UK Government is keen to attract international talent and innovation in many industries. There is a strong pool of UK universities currently attracting and/or retaining talent through the Start-Up Visa Scheme (formerly Tier 1) as part of their offering. This is a key selling point for UK universities to attract international students. The Start-Up Visa and Innovator Visa schemes are aligned with UK economic ambitions and play a vital role in creating and nurturing a pipeline of talented entrepreneurs and innovators who then move on to other Visa Schemes once they have acquired traction.

This event is suitable for representatives of UK HEIs that are currently recognised as endorsing bodies or aspiring to do that in the future for the Start-Up and Innovator Visas.


  • Rebecca Lissaman, Economic Migration Policy, BICS Policy and International, Home Office
  • Jivko Hristov, Entrepreneurship Advisor, University College London
  • Paul Thorning, Director of Open Innovation, Bradford University
  • Kate Bray, Business Process Advisor for Student Enterprise, University of Surrey
  • Katrina Gill, Enterprise Support Coordinator, Oxford Brookes University
  • Oli Monks, Visa Programme Manager at Tech Nation

This event is free to attend for EEUK members. £100 for all others.

AGENDA (subject to change) 

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome from EEUK

Kate Beresford, Head of Membership and Operations at EEUK

14:05 – 14:10 Event Introduction and agenda run-through

Lydiah Igweh, Director of Enterprise Support at Oxford Brookes University

Clelia Bevillard, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consultant, Oxford Brookes University

14:10 – 14:25 Keynote Speech

Rebecca Lissaman, Economic Migration Policy, BICS Policy and International, Home Office

14:25 – 15:05 Best Practice Panel

·      Jivko Hristov from University College London

·      Paul Thorning from Bradford University

·      Kate Bray from the University of Surrey

·      Katrina Gill from Oxford Brookes University

·      Oli Monks from Tech Nation

Includes a 15min Q&A

15:05 – 15:15


10min Break
15:15 – 15:35 Visa Holders Panel

·      Anastasia Agafonova, Founder at UKHired, endorsed by University College London

·      TBC from University of Bradford

·      TBC from Oxford Brookes University

15:35 – 15:55 Breakout Discussions
15:55 – 16:05 Sharing Highlights

Each group shares a take-away from their discussion

16:05 – 16:10 Event Wrap Up


Zoom joining details will be emailed to Delegates approximately one week before the event.

Attendee details

Ticket Type Price Spaces
EEUK Members £0.00
Non Members £100.00