Start-ups & Innovator visa information - The Bakery


The Bakery is proud to have been appointed by The UK Home Office as an Endorsing Body for the new Tier 1 Start-up and Innovator Visa routes

This will enable us to further support bona-fide global innovators, entrepreneurs and start-up founders who qualify via The Bakery programmes as they scale and start amazing new ventures alongside our corporate partners.

If you’re an entrepreneur and you want to take part in one of our programmes, you can find more information here.

If you want to know more about the new visas, please visit
the UK Government information here:


Start-up visa

Innovator visa

Frequently asked questions

Given the limited number of visa applications we are able to sponsor, we are only looking to endorse entrepreneurs/start-ups that participate in our innovation programmes.

Sadly, this is not a service we offer.

While we run programmes across a wide range of industries, we are primarily focussed on working with start-ups developing and offering technology solutions. If you are looking to open a restaurant or a wholesale business, while we wish you the best of luck with your venture, it is likely that your company is not the best fit for our programmes and we won’t be able to provide an endorsement.

You can find more information on our programmes and how to get involved here.

One of our innovation programmes is the Start Programme, where we help entrepreneurs start companies with support from an industry partner. Please note that these programmes are not always available for new applications. You can find out more about our Start Programmes and when applications are open here. If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you must also meet the Home Office’s endorsement eligibility criteria for your application to be considered. Outside of our Start Programmes we are not able to help individuals set up new businesses in the UK at this time.

We’d love to hear from you!

If you’re interested in finding out more about visas please visit our Visa Information page.