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Our alumni

We’ve helped over 300 individuals build 100 companies that are making a real world impact through technology.

Most investors are afraid of fundamental leaps. At EF we embrace them.

You can read more about the startups from each cohort through TechCrunch coverage of our Demo Days: EF5EF4EF3, or you can watch their pitches on our YouTube channel.

Magic Pony Technology

Rob Bishop graduated from Imperial with a Master's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and was the first engineering employee at Raspberry Pi. He sold his first EF company Intelligent Spatial Positioning midway through EF.

Zehan Wang has a PhD in Computer Vision and Biomedical Image Analysis from Imperial, and previously started a company using computer vision to track skin conditions. Rob and Zehan met on EF and started Magic Pony Technology.

Magic Pony Technology is a research-led software company developing new machine-learning based approaches to video enhancement, prediction and compression. They raised one of Europe's largest seed rounds in 2015, and their team includes PhDs from the top machine learning groups at Cambridge, Oxford, and Imperial. Rob was recently named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30" in technology for 2016. 

Just 18 months after they started Magic Pony Technology at EF, it was acquired by Twitter for a reported $150 million.

Other EF startups using machine learning include: PermutiveThirdEye, ContextScout


Aleksandra had spent the past five years working for Google, Capgemini, and Mendeley as a software engineer, specialising in big data platforms.

Barney holds a Masters in Machine Learning from the University of Bristol, and had been a Decision Scientist at Wonga, analysing financial data.

They brought their experience together to create Cleo, an AI assistant to manage your finances, using machine learning to automatically classify transactions, deliver relative insights and give an overview of your spending. They recently raised £550,000 to build out their team.


Theo joined EF with a Master’s in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering from Warwick, having built his own metals 3D printer.

Chris was an experienced full stack developer specialised in high performance computing and an Imperial College graduate.

They met on EF and founded CloudNC. CloudNC uses AI and cloud supercomputing to control CNC machines more efficiently than humans can.


Rafel, Han and Aleix combined their expertise in aerospace engineering, electronic engineering and manufacturing to create OpenCosmos.

Their aim is to create simple and affordable space access with a focus on nano satellites.

Joining EF already seed funded and with their first customer, EF helped them to complete their team, hire their first employees and prepare for their next funding round.


After studying Physics at Oxford, Emily studied product design at Brighton University and used her time on Entrepreneur First to develop her final year project into Blaze.

Blaze is reimagining urban cycling. Their flagship product is now integrated into Transport for London's bicycle scheme.   

Blaze raised £1m in seed funding from Index Ventures and Sir Richard Branson. Read more here.

Other EF hardware companies include: AutomataPi-Top, SpeaksetMavrxConverge

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