What is the GEP
Entrepreneurship is global as ambitious entrepreneurs look beyond their own national borders for the most attractive sources of capital, talent, market potential and start-up guidance. There are countless reasons why global entrepreneurs choose the UK time after time and it’s not just the ease of starting and running a business here, accessing finance, our world-class financial services, nor our highly skilled workforce.
The UK’s world class ecosystem 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).
If you are an entrepreneur or founder of an innovative technology business based overseas with plans to scale, you may be eligible for expert UK government support to help you establish your business in the UK to access its phenomenal entrepreneurial ecosystem.
How does GEP work?
GEP has enjoyed considerable success helping nearly 1000 founders and their IP-rich businesses establish global HQs here since 2004.This success has been mainly due to our unique and innovative model which deploys a team of experienced entrepreneurs (the dealmakers) based in the UK and overseas to support ambitious, highly skilled entrepreneurial talent.
The dealmakers’ experience and expertise, which is unique in Government, enables us to provide hands-on mentoring to support entrepreneurs to set up and scale their businesses in the UK. Our focus is on founders who want to establish a global or strategic HQ here which gives them access to the UK’s world class entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as GEP’s expert support.
Our aim is to support the ambitions of global entrepreneurs where a UK HQ will help them scale and facilitate international growth and while some companies may choose to bring the whole operation to the UK, others will also choose to retain a presence in their home market.
“As an experienced international entrepreneur, I understand the challenges that founders face scaling businesses. The GEP is the perfect partner to support ambitious entrepreneurs on their journey to success. I only wish I had a GEP dealmaker to help me when I was starting out!”
Stephen Mooney, serial entrepreneur, investor and GEP dealmaker
GEP alumni successes
GEP has enjoyed considerable success helping nearly 1000 founders and their IP-rich businesses establish global HQs here since its inception in 2004. These companies have raised over £1 billion in VC funding, achieve international success and create more than 8000 high value jobs.
GEP’s support to help our global entrepreneurs scale their innovative businesses from a UK HQ is facilitated by our Alumni Academy Programme which provides crucial aftercare including hands on mentoring and capability building, introductions to key networks and other alumni, monthly webinars, and flagship events.
Ruslana Dovzhyk is COO and co-founder of Technovator, an energy transfer company that has developed a unique distance wireless technology based on quantum mechanical principles that charges multiple devices simultaneously remotely. Given the strength of the North East’s micro energy storage community, GEP advised the company on investment pathways, grant finance and university engagement. This led to Technovator setting up at Sedgefield’s NetPark Science Park in September 2020 where it has its entire R&D team as well as strategy, sales and IP functions. It will employ up to 50 people and the first product is wireless charging ports for drones
“The UK is a powerhouse for exceptional fast growth technology businesses. The impressive support available from the GEP made it easy for us to decide to locate our entire R&D team to Sedgefield’s NetPark Science Park. This will provide us with significant competitive advantage and enable us to scale and enhance our technology to ensure international success.”
Ruslana Dovzhyk, Co-founder of Technovator