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Upcoming Cohorts

We run cohorts twice a year in six locations.

These cohorts bring together some of the world’s highest potential individuals, all of them looking for a co-founder and ready to start a company now.

Select the cohort you would like to join to begin your application.

We interview candidates on a rolling basis until our upcoming cohort is full – so to stand your best chance of joining us, don’t wait.

Learn more about our programme

Berlin

4th April 2022 - Early Deadline 19th December
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London

4th April 2022 - Early Deadline 5th December
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Paris

4th April 2022 - Early Deadline 21st November
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Bangalore

4th April 2022 - Early Deadline 21st November
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Singapore

4th April 2022 - Early Deadline 21st November
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Toronto

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Our selection criteria

What does EF look for?

We’re supporting people who have recently graduated, or who have a few years of industry experience. Often, they’ve never tried founding a company before, so how do we know if they have founder potential?

We know that communicating your founder ability isn’t an easy task. To help you, we’ve outlined exactly what we look for in applications, so you can decide what you want to focus on in your application.

Our criteria shouldn’t be read as a checklist, and they’re not designed to select people out. It’s extremely rare for someone to score highly on every criteria.

We want people with a variety of backgrounds. We’re looking for outliers, who have done unusual things. Typically, our founders are particularly strong on a couple of criteria, but not all.

Read our full selection criteria.

Recommended reading

To help write the best application possible, we’ve curated some reading you might like to take a look at before beginning.

Want to know more about the programme before applying?

Application FAQs

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Which location should I apply to?
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We recommend that you choose the cohort that is closest to you. Participants are expected to relocate to take part in the programme, and while there’s no commitment to stay in those locations afterwards, most of our alumni do.

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I don't have the right to work in any of your locations - can I still take part?
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If you don’t currently have the right to work in any of the countries we operate in, some of our locations are able to support successful applicants to apply for a visa in order to take part. 

You can find details of the support we provide here.

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Do I have to relocate?
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Yes – Entrepreneur First is based in London, Singapore, Toronto, Bangalore, Paris and Berlin (whichever is closest to you). People we select relocate to join us from all over the world. In some locations we can offer support to help you apply for a visa if required and to help you settle into the regions. There’s no commitment to stay in any of those locations after the programme, though most of our alumni do.

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Do I need a team?
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Not at all – Entrepreneur First is a Talent Investor which means we invest in you before you have a co-founder or incorporated company. We choose people based on their potential and their desire to make an impact, and our team spends hundreds of hours screening individuals to give you the best shot at finding the right cofounder. If you do have a cofounder or team already we ask that each of you apply individually outlining your team status. We have had success working with pre-formed teams in the past, but our programme is designed to be the best place to find a cofounder if you don’t have one.

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Do I need an idea?
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No – you don’t need an idea to apply to Entrepreneur First. Insights, strong convictions and beliefs about the future are encouraged, though. If you do have an idea, that’s great, but its strength and weaknesses won’t affect how we assess your application. We care most about the size of your ambition.

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Can I apply if I’m non-technical?
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Yes, approximately 20% of our cohort is non-technical. If you don’t come from a technical background but have strong beliefs formed from working in industry we’d welcome an application from you. Some of our most successful companies have been built by co-founders with a combination of technical and domain expertise. Again, we care most about the size of your potential.

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I'm technical, and I don’t have any business experience in starting a company, can I still apply?
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Absolutely – we’re strong believers that technically-skilled individuals can make some of the best founders. The Entrepreneur First team will work with you to help you understand customer development, validate your idea and figure out the go to market strategy. We’ll help you develop core founder skills every step of the way.

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Can I apply if I have raised investment already?
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You are still eligible to apply if you have taken a very small amount of investment or been awarded a grant. However, depending on the arrangement, it does sometimes prevent us from being able to invest in your company and therefore prevent us from offering you a place. We deal with these situations on a case-by-case basis and you should email [email protected] for more information.

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Can I apply if I already have a team?
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Yes, but each co-founder will have to apply as an individual, as we admit people to the programme on an individual basis instead of on their team/idea.

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Can I work on something else while doing Entrepreneur First or could I do the programme part-time?
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No. Building a successful company requires full-time commitment from day 1 and is almost impossible to do if you’re simultaneously working on something else. We fund you in order to enable everyone to be able to focus on Entrepreneur First without the need to work elsewhere.

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Can I defer my place at Entrepreneur First?
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No – at this point we do not allow deferrals. There are two reasons for this; one is that each cohort is carefully composed based on the backgrounds and skills of the strongest applicants meet during the selection cycle for a cohort – this means we can optimise for strong cofounder combinations. The second is that we believe in urgency and not delaying building the company you believe should exist.