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By taking part in one of our 6-month cohorts, you’ll join a pool of like-minded people who want to co-found a startup right now.

You’ll be supported by a global network of founders, advisors and investors.

We’ll cover your living costs while you test out your ideas, and you’ll never have to pay us back. 

If we believe your company has the potential to succeed at scale, we’ll provide further funding to get you started, in exchange for 10% equity.

Step One

Application and Interviews

Founding a company isn’t easy. Our application process is designed to find a handful of talented people who can succeed at scale.

The Application Process


of applicants are offered a place
Step Two


Ahead of joining the cohort, we’ll send you reading materials and you’ll meet the rest of your cohort at our kick-off weekend. This usually takes place at a hotel or campus, so you can live, eat, work and relax together.

“I remember being overwhelmed at the kick-off weekend, thinking how do I put myself out there. But most people are capable of so much more than they think, and now I run my own company with a co-founder who I wouldn’t have even met if it weren’t for EF.”
Step Three

Meeting Your Co-Founder

Through our platform, you’ll test out ideas and working relationships with multiple potential co-founders. 

After 3 months, you’ll present your company to our Investment Committee to receive more funding. 

Forming Your Team
Step Four

Getting funding

About 40-50% of the cohort make it to this stage. If your company is accepted, you’ll spend 3 months developing your company, before pitching to hundreds of investors at Demo Day.

Getting funded
Step Five


The value of EF lasts far beyond the end of the platform. We often see EFers hire, advise, invest in, buy from, sell to, and support each other.

The mindsets, habits, and relationships you develop at EF should last a lifetime. As one alumni put it, EF is life acceleration.

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