Sophie Barrett-Brown quoted in The Guardian on how the UK's sluggish visa system could kill the tech startup buzz. Sophie Barrett-Brown said:
'Visas can be a bit of a nightmare for some entrepreneurs. With a tier-one entrepreneur visa, younger applicants are at greater risk of refusal because they may not have a business background. In the tech sector this can be problematic because often these applicants are very well-educated with brilliant ideas, but don't have a string of businesses behind them to demonstrate their track record.
I'd like to see something like the post-study work category reintroduced - this could be limited to specific subjects to focus on addressing skills gaps rather than allowing all graduates to remain in the UK.
The post-study work category would work well in the tech sector because you get young talented people exploring ideas and businesses can experiment to see if they're suitable for the role. Now businesses have to formally sponsor new graduates and formally advertise a vacancy, rather than say to a graduate, 'you have great ideas, let's try this out'.
It's a good move forward, but essentially it requires that the person coming is someone who has an international reputation, which is great for those who qualify, but not great at capturing that bright young talent who may not have a long work history.'
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