CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Application Criteria

Applications to become an E-commerce Export Champion for the CommonwealthFirst programme are now open. You can view and download the application form here.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be open to all SMEs with a focus on e-commerce. CommonwealthFirst is looking to recruit a wide range of small and medium sized businesses, from early stage start-ups to businesses across all the Commonwealth nations.

Businesses successfully selected as ‘Export Champions’ will receive specialist ecommerce support from both CWEIC and Royal Mail, and will benefit from high-level networking events and introductions, as well as access to training, mentoring, webinars and tailored trade missions.

Identification Process

CommonwealthFirst will identify appropriate companies through a global call supported by a series of regional and sector based events, partner organisations. Applications received via the CommonwealthFirst website.

Application Process

We are looking for companies from across the Commonwealth with an exceptional track record of delivery through ecommerce or the opportunity to grow to apply to join the programme.

Interested companies should complete and return the application form to Shreya Jain (

Applications for the ecommerce cohort will close on 30th September 2018. Applications are open to all businesses registered in a Commonwealth country.

Please note that shortlisted applicants may also be called for interviews.

Selection Process

The Selection Panel of the CommonwealthFirst Advisory Board will select an additional 15 companies in the Fifth Cohort from a shortlist of up to fifty candidates.

Selection will be based on:

  • The ability to win business and transform the growth trajectory of the company
  • The ability to operate as an Export Champion and communicate the purpose of the company and its business successes

CommonwealthFirst is particularly keen to recruit companies with ethnic minority and/or gender diverse ownership, and companies that are likely to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.