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Once we’ve confirmed your place, we’ll send you an invitation to Kick-Off Weekend, which may be one of the most exciting and intense weekends of your life. 

Kick-off weekend typically takes place at a hotel or campus, so you’re living, eating, working, and relaxing with your cohort and the EF team. It’s the best – and most fun – way to get to know the people who will help you on your founder journey.

Our founders reflect on Day 1 of kick-off weekend

Even before kick-off weekend, we’ll send you a bunch of reading material to set you up for the programme. And most people choose to meet other cohort members (remotely or otherwise) ahead of the programme to get a head start.

“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.”

Preparation FAQs

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Do I have to relocate to take part?
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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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travel restrictions will impact founders’ ability to relocate.

The safety of our founders and the communities in which we operate are our top priority, and we are continually monitoring the situation and running our programmes remotely. We do expect to return to an in-person programme once it is safe to do so, and founders will be asked to relocate when they are able to.

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How do I know who’s in my cohort?
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Many people considering joining Entrepreneur First attend our invitation-only events. If we make you an offer to join we’ll invite you to a cohort meetup and give you a login to your cohort dashboard loaded with everyone’s searchable profiles. We take cohort composition seriously – every offer is made based on degrees of likelihood that you’ll meet a suitable cofounder.

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Will kick-off weekends still take place in the COVID-19 pandemic?
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The safety and comfort of our cohort is our top priority, as well as ensuring we’re contributing to efforts to contain the spread of the virus. We’re keeping a close eye on local and international restrictions and cases, and making informed decisions on how we run all elements of the programme, including kick-off weekends, be that remotely or in person. 

 

We have successfully run in-person and covid-compliant kick-off weekends since the pandemic began, taking measures including enforcing two metre spacing, compulsory mask wearing and doing activities outside where possible. 

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