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Our admissions process

Our admissions process is split into three stages. Each one helps us find the best potential founders, whilst also giving the opportunity to make sure EF is the right fit for you.

1Application form

Firstly we ask you to share some information about your background. This includes details about what you’re currently working on and what you want to achieve by starting a company. 

Once you apply to EF we review your application. If you are successful you will be informed that you’ve been shortlisted and we will work to establish your founder qualities. At this stage we’ll also invite you to an EF event so that you can meet some of our team and community in the meantime.

You can complete this stage of the application process with our application form.

2Interviews

If you pass stage one, we’ll invite you to an in-person interview with us (or Skype if you're not based in the UK). You’ll have two 30 minute interviews - Edge and Founder. 

During your Edge Interview we'll ask you to demo a previous project, as well as discussing your areas of technical, product or domain expertise. In the Founder Interview, we'll be checking to see if you have the individual characteristics that we've seen be most successful on the programme. After working with more than 300 founders, we have a unique perspective on these traits and how they present themselves.

3Offer

If successful at interview, you’ll be invited to spend the day with us and other prospective cohort members at EF HQ (in Singapore or London respectively). It’s a chance to get to know a bit more about other candidates, EF and how the programme is run. You’ll also have one final interview with the Senior Leadership team.

Key dates

London - EF9 (starts 2 October 2017)

Singapore - EFSG2 (starts 31 July 2017)


If you have any questions about applying to EF or about your application, check out our application FAQ or drop us an email at [email protected] for the London cohort or [email protected] for the Singapore cohort. 

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