Application Form - September 2019
Thank you for your interest in applying to the BSEEN programme! We look forward to receiving your application.

Please complete this form in as much detail as possible. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the programme or the application form please email or call 0121 204 5253.


The deadline to apply for our September 2019 Cohort is 1st August.

However, we recommend you apply as soon as possible as we have earlier interview dates - and especially if you are looking to be endorsed for a visa.

Please note that to be accepted onto the programme, you must be able to attend the 5 days of our BSEEN bootcamp (9th, 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th September).

If you progress to the second stage, you will be invited to a presentation and interview session - dates to be confirmed.

Unfortunately, we are not able to support Retail or Property businesses on this programme, or businesses that have already begun trading.

1. Your Personal Information
If you are applying as a team, please choose one person to be the main applicant - there is space to give us the rest of the team's details below.
Title *
First Name(s) *
Your answer
Surname *
Your answer
Email Address *
Please make sure we have the best email address to contact you on - for example, if you are about to graduate, give us your personal rather than student address.
Your answer
Please note this must be in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area to be eligible for this programme. Addresses that fall under the Black Country are not eligible. To check if your address is eligible please visit
House Name/Number *
Your answer
Street *
Your answer
Town *
Your answer
County *
Your answer
Postcode *
Your answer
Telephone Number *
Your answer
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy) *
Your answer
Are you a: *
Name of University *
Your answer
Course Title *
Your answer
If you are a current student, please answer the below questions:
Student Number
Your answer
Year of Study
Which of the following applies to you?
If you are a graduate, please answer the below questions:
What year did you graduate?
You must have graduated within the last 5 years.
Your answer
Do you need to apply for the Startup Visa? *
Graduates of Aston University and Birmingham City University are able to apply for endorsement for a Tier 1 Startup Visa. If you are/were an International Student on a Tier 4 visa, you need to apply for the Tier 1 visa before starting your business. For more information on this process, please contact us or the International Office at your University.
How did you hear about BSEEN? *
If other please specify
Your answer
Are you in a team? Please provide information about all team members.
Your answer
2. Your Business
Please complete this section in detail to allow us to assess the viability of your business idea.
What is your business idea? *
Please give an overview of the business you are planning to create. Try and think about what problem you are going to solve for your customers through this business.
Your answer
Who will be your customer(s)? *
Who are the people who will pay for your product/service? What do you know about them? What are their unmet needs?
Your answer
What research have you done to prove the need for your product/service? *
Have you spoken to any potential customers? How big is the potential market for your product/service?
Your answer
Your Unique Value Proposition & Competitors *
What makes what you are offering different to your competitors? How will it stand out? Who are your competitors?
Your answer
How are you going to make money? *
Think about - how you will sell your product/service (sales channels) and what will your different revenue streams be?
Your answer
What are your start-up costs? *
Please estimate the costs you have to start up this business.
Your answer
How do you intend to raise sufficient funds in order to start the business? *
Family/friends, loans, etc...
Your answer
What do you see as the main challenges for this business? *
Your answer
Have you already registered the business with Companies House? (please select an option) *
Have you already registered as self-employed with HMRC? *
Have you started trading yet (please select an option)? *
Unfortunately we cannot accept businesses that have already started trading onto the programme. This means you cannot have started making money or be publicly promoting your business.
Please upload your Business Model Canvas or Business Plan, if you have one. *
This is not a requirement, but if you have either of these it will strengthen your application. If you are applying for the startup visa, you MUST submit a business plan to be considered. Please email your business plan to
3. About You
Have you set up a business before? *
What skills or experience have you gained that would help you run your business? *
Have you set up previous businesses? Done internships, a placement year, work experience, voluntary or student society work?
Your answer
What is your motivation for applying to the BSEEN Programme? *
Please tell us why you want to be part of our programme. Also, please tell us what skills you want to work on/what support you are looking for from us.
Your answer
5. Diversity Monitoring Information
The BSEEN project attempts to provide equality of opportunity throughout its selection process. In addition we are required to provide statistical information about our beneficiaries to the Funding Agency (ERDF). In order to comply with this requirement and to be able to monitor the effectiveness of our diversity policies we ask you to complete the following information. The information you provide here will be treated in total confidence and will have no bearing on your application. Thank you for your co-operation.
What is your gender? *
Do you consider yourself to have a disability? *
6. Ethnicity. Which of the following best describes you? *
7. Employment Status
Which of the following best describes your current employment status? *
Tick the ones that apply to you.
Data Protection
DATA PROTECTION The information that you provide on this form will be available to: University Project and Finance staff involved in the management of BSEEN including any external auditors appointed by Project staff, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and its auditors, and auditors appointed by the European Commission.You agree that your personal information may be used for evaluation purposes and to participate in any evaluation exercise carried out by the Funding Agency or an external consultant.
De Minimis State Aid
Once a business is registered the support provided by BSEEN is classed as De Minimis Aid under EC Regulation 1998/2006. (All enterprises in the EU are eligible to receive up to 200,000 EUROS of aid every three year period). Ongoing support is available to business owners for one year. Business owners typically receive the equivalent of £2,820 in State Aid, through a combination of business grant and business support.
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