On 22 June 2016, the day before the announcement of Brexit, I was recognised as having an Exceptional Talent in Digital Technology by endorsement from Tech Nation.

Tech Nation only issued 200 endorsements per year to individuals wishing to enter or remain in the UK under the Tech Nation Exceptional Talent Visa Scheme. With Manchester being one of the cities in the North that benefits from the fast track route, I was able to take this opportunity and apply for the 18 working day fast track route to endorsement.

The Tech Nation Exceptional Talent Visa is a new 2 step process and scheme introduced by the UK Government in 2015 to assist the UK economy in bringing the best talent from around the world to the UK.

Being an Australian citizen and temporary resident in the UK due to my Entrepreneurs visa, it means that I can use the endorsement from Tech Nation to apply for a Tier 1, Exceptional Talent Visa to remain in the UK for a further 5 years. The endorsement by Tech Nation is the only way I can apply for the Tech Nation Exceptional Talent Visa.

It means that I can continue my journey as the Founder & CEO of Made With Glove Ltd in Manchester and to scale my company to a global level.

I met the strict criteria listed by Tech Nation by providing that I contributed to the Digital Technology industry by promoting Women in Technology by speaking at tech events, being a STEM Ambassador and by mentoring other women in technology. Tech City UK also required evidence that I:

  • Made significant technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contributions in the digital technology sector as the founder of my company, Made With Glove Ltd;
  • Am recognised as a world leading talent in the digital technology sector by speaking and writing about Wearable Technology both in Manchester and London and Women in Tech and Women in Business;
  • Have undergone continuous learning / mastery of new digital skills (commercial or technical) throughout my career; and
  • Have demonstrated exceptional ability in the field by making academic contributions through research by my collaboration with the University of Exeter.

CEO Tech City UK, Gerard Grech, said:

“Fast-growing digital technology businesses play a central role in ensuring the UK stays at the forefront of digital innovation and economic growth on the world stage. Based on the feedback from the tech community, the new Tech Nation Visa Scheme will prove to be a vital tool for companies that want to secure the high calibre people they need to quickly scale their product, service and operations.”

Upon achieving my goal of receiving the endorsement by Tech City UK, it is only because of the team and support that kept me going, that drove me to apply for and be successful in receiving this high accolade from Tech Nation.

My special thanks goes to my support network in the Manchester tech community who, without their help in providing me with their strong written recommendations of support, I wouldn’t have received the endorsement.

Since I received my visa, I have helped over 100 highly skills tech entrepreneurs and talent with the endorsement process and my success rate is 70-80%.  If you would like guidance and help on the Exceptional Talent Endorsement process or appeals, I help highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and talent increase their chances and succeed in their application for endorsement.  Learn more about my packages of support here.

This blog was written by Michelle Hua, Consultant, Speaker, CEO & Founder of Made With Glove. In 2016, Michelle was the recipient of the Exceptional Talent Visa (now called Global Talent Visa) and is the former #TechNationVisa Ambassador.  Michelle consults for highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and people working in digital technologies on how they can receive the endorsement for exceptional talent or exceptional promise. Read Michelle’s other blogs on the #TechNationVisa here and Michelle’s own journey here.