Build the future
Entrepreneur First is where the world's most ambitious technical founders build their companies from scratch.
You don't need to apply with a team or fixed idea. We'll help you find a co-founder, customers and raise from top global investors.
But it's not going to be easy - welcome to your steepest ever learning curve.
Meet your technical co-founder.
Entrepreneur First selects the world's best technical individuals for our programmes in London and Singapore. You don't need a team to apply, as we believe that we are the best place to find your co-founder. As a cohort member you'll have the opportunity to co-found with some of the brightest technologists in the world: 55% of our portfolio were educated at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College London, and have earned their engineering stripes at companies such as Google, Palantir, Amazon, Apple, AirBnB and Uber.
EF will fund you as an individual for three months (£3,600/s$15,000) to allow you to explore co-founding relationships.
Develop an idea.
The idea is the hard part, but we can help you with this. We have helped more than 300 founders to develop their ideas. Sometimes people bring ideas into EF (often stemming from academic projects or industry experience), but often people apply without a fixed idea. We don't select on the quality of your idea - instead, we'll help you develop the best idea for your skill set by discovering your Edge during the programme.
EF provides you with capital to live in London/Singapore during the programme, alongside making an investment of £10,000/s$25,000 in the company you create. We also provide a £70,000 convertible note to kickstart your seed round, plus a further 18 months of hands-on support from our partners.
Build a product with help from experts.
From Day 1 you'll be mentored by one of our Venture Partners. We have some of Europe's top exited founders, who have built businesses worth billions, as part of our team. You'll meet your VP weekly and develop a close relationship. They'll help you build something technically ambitious, find your first customers and avoid the mistakes commonly made by first-time founders.
We'll also connect you with our Science Partners; these include world-leading academics such as Zoubin Ghahramani (University of Cambridge) and Phil Blunsom (University of Oxford /DeepMind).
Finally, your investors are keen to help along the way too. They are founders behind some of the world's biggest companies, including Alex Chesterman (Zoopla), Robin Klein (Index Ventures) and Simon Murdoch (Amazon).
Raise money from top VCs.
At the end of the programme we'll introduce you to our network of investors. To date, our alumni have built companies with a total valuation of $400m. We've helped secure funding for 75 of the fastest growing tech startups in Europe. They are backed by the the world's most prestigious VCs including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Octopus Investments and Y Combinator.
Hear from EF’s cofounders, Alice Bentinck and Matt Clifford, about why they set up Entrepreneur First to help the most ambitious global technical talent.
You can read more about how EF works in our FAQs.