Entrepreneur First is where outliers come together.

Ambitious individuals leave places like Google, Goldman Sachs and Stanford to join EF. Why? Because starting a startup is the highest impact thing you can do with your life.

EF is the best place to find a co-founder, build a company and access the world’s best investors. We've helped build over 80 technology companies, collectively worth over $1bn.

EF is backed by Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn) and Greylock Partners, Mosaic Ventures, Founders Fund, Lakestar and some of the world's best entrepreneurs.

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Join as an individual, leave with a funded startup.

The greatest leaps in technology and society have been driven by a handful of obsessive, dedicated and diverse individuals.

EF amplifies your efforts from the very beginning of your journey. EF funds you as you build your cofounding team, develop your idea, and accelerate through fundraising from the world's best investors.

EF is backed by Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners, Mosaic Ventures, Founders Fund, Lakestar Capital, and Deep Mind founders Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman. Read Reid Hoffman's thoughts on EF.

"Their approach to company building is unique, offering an alternative entrepreneurial career path for the best and brightest technical talent." - Reid Hoffman

How it works

Build a team

You deserve a world class cofounder and we’re the best place to find one. Each cohort we build at EF is a concentration of outliers. A rare community at the intersection of technical skill, ambition and commitment. The kind of people who are going to make it one way or another. EF simply helps them aim higher, move faster – and go further than they might have managed on their own.

Build a technology

EF pushes you to build the best and most defensible company you can. This often means building products which use applications of new and emerging technologies to solve the hard problems. We’re technology and sector agnostic, and in our portfolio you’ll find companies building anything from affordable robotic arms to AI-driven investment management platforms.

Develop an idea

Most people never start the companies they should because they don’t have a perfect idea. At EF we help you filter through raw ideas based on your unique skills and experience - your ‘edge’. We’ll also prevent you from wasting time on bad ideas. You don’t need to worry about having a good idea in order to apply - we select our cohorts based on individual talent and ambition alone.

Raise funding

Since 2011, we have built and invested in more deep tech startups than any other investor. Magic Pony Technology was one of the largest AI exits of 2016, and the 80+ startups we have built are now worth more than $1 billion. EF startups raise larger than average seed rounds on the best possible terms. We’ve built the world’s best investor network for founders so that you don’t have to.

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We’ve helped over 350 individuals build 100 companies with a total valuation of over $1 billion.

A selection of our alumni



Represent, co-founded by University of Oxford alumni Bryan Baum and Leo Seigal, is a digital marketing and social merchandising platform built on EF1. They were acquired by leading apparel company CustomInk in a deal worth $100 million.

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Magic Pony Technology

Magic Pony Technology’s founders, Rob Bishop and Zehan Wang, both studied at Imperial College London but didn't meet until they joined the EF3 cohort. Their research-led video compression software company was acquired by Twitter for $150m in 2016.

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