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Ignite BN(O) Entrepreneurs
Mentoring Programme

Starting a new business is hard work in any environment, but it’s even more challenging in a new country. It is one of Hong Kong Business Hub's missions to support entrepreneurs in the UK.
With the funding from the UK Government’s Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Programme Regional VCSE Grant Scheme, we are excited to launch the “Ignite BN(O) Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme” to support BN(O) Visa holders who are looking to start, improve or expand their new business in the UK.

About the programme

We will connect ambitious BN(O) entrepreneurs with senior business executives, all with over 20 years of entrepreneurial and management experiences, for a one-on-one mentoring relationship, complemented by free consultations delivered by our team of professional business coaches, who are industry experts from different sectors including legal, accounting and taxation, IT, finance, human resources and marketing.


Each participant will be asked to set short-term and long-term business goals to record their commitments they are signing up to. Throughout the 5-month programme, participants will strengthen their entrepreneurial mindset, gain new business knowledge, and benefit from professional and personal development.

Why should you join?

Guidance for those new to the business world

The guidance given by a senior mentor can go a long way in helping you navigate the early stages of your business and understand the nuances of the business world.


Free consultation from professionals

Your mentor will further match you with professional business coaches according to your needs and business goals. You will enjoy rare opportunities to speak with industry experts like lawyers, accountants, tax advisors, digital marketers, brand managers, human resources managers and IT specialists to obtain advice about your position, challenges and discuss solutions and strategies.


Peer-to-peer mentoring

In addition to your relationship with your mentor and professional business coaches, you will be given the chance to connect and engage with a wider network of BN(O) entrepreneurs within the Programme.

Who can join?

We welcome applications from newly founded businesses. Businesses not yet started may also be considered if applicants can provide a detailed one-year business plan.  Selected applicants will be required to undergo mandatory screening, assessment, interview and due diligence process. Below is a list of eligibility:


  • Your business must be based in Greater London, North West England, or West Midland; or you are residing in Greater London, North West England, or West Midland with business activity in the UK, and

  • Your business has been established for less than 2 years and currently employ fewer than 5 full-time employees, or you are planning to launch your business in the coming 6 months and able to provide a detailed one-year business plan, and

  • At least one of the Directors of your company is residing in the UK as a BNO Visa holder, and

  • Legal status of your company must be:

    • Sole trader

    • Private company limited by guarantee

    • Private company limited by share

    • Community interest company

    • Partnership

    • Limited Liability Partnership

Selection criteria

Eligible applicants will be assessed against the following evaluators, each will be scored on a 1 to 5 scale.  Shortlisted applicants will be matched with a mentor:


  • You can identify concrete support and resources needed to help your business succeed.

  • You can explain how your team can foresee challenges ahead and are confident in overcoming them with sound measures.

  • You have identified a clear and strong market need and business potential.

  • You have demonstrated a strong distinctive advantage in your products and/ or services.

  • Your business has an innovative edge.

  • You have shown a clear milestone of short term and long term goals.

  • Your business plan appears to be feasible, practical and achievable.

  • You have demonstrated a commitment towards achieving your business goals.

  • You have had solid knowledge and experience in the industry you are venturing into.

  • It’s an advantage if your business addresses the needs of BN(O) Hongkongers, social or environmental issues in the UK, but not a requirement.

Application procedure

5 – 25 October
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Complete the application form and submit the required documents by an authorised representative of your business.

Initial review
26 – 31 October

All eligible applications will be marked against the scoring criteria detailed above by our mentor team.

Virtual interview
1 – 11 November

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a virtual interview to present their business ideas, mentorship needs and goals.

Final Result
18 November

Successful applicants from Greater London, North West England, and West Midland will be notified individually.

Our mentors

Professional business coaches

Apply Now

Please complete the application form and submit the required documents to on or before 25 October, 2022.
The application form must be completed by an authorised representative of your business. HKBH reserves the right to seek additional information as it deems necessary. You should also provide all clarification, information and documents requested by HKBH from time to time for processing your registration. 

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