Could you scale your impact by becoming a founder?
We believe that founding a company today (not tomorrow!) is the single most impactful thing talented individuals can do with their lives. At EF, we look for people who are committed to founding a company right now, and have what it takes to succeed.
Who is the best co-founder for you?
The best co-founder for you is probably someone you’ve never met. We believe EF is the best place in the world to meet that person. We have almost ten years of experience finding and nurturing talented people with huge potential, and helping them co-found companies.
For three months, you’ll test out ideas and co-founding partnerships with people from your cohort. This is your chance to explore what sort of co-founder would best compliment you and your expertise.
Do you need an idea to apply?
We accept people based on their potential, rather than the strength of their idea, but we do look for people who have great insights and observations about their field of expertise.
If you have an idea, EF is a great place to explore it further, and build a company around it. If you don’t have an idea, that’s not a problem. Either way, we’re looking for you to demonstrate useful insights and observations in your application, and show that you’re excited about technology.
Where does technical ability come into it?
If you have deep technical expertise, you could make a great future CTO. If you’re tech literate and excited about technology (but not deeply technical), you could make a great CEO. Many of our best CEOs won’t have a formal technical education, but will have gone to great lengths to upskill themselves or surround themselves with technologists.
Would you benefit from a network of founders, investors, and experts?
Networks normally take years to build, but at EF, you have the opportunity to instantly become part of a global network of smart, talented, creative founders, experts and investors, from Reid Hoffman (Founder, LinkedIn), to Demis Hassabis (Founder, DeepMind), to Benedict Evans (Independent Analyst, Former Head of Microsoft Windows and Former Partner at a16z).
The EF community is one of the most valuable professional networks in the world.
Are you interested in solving a technically difficult problem?
EF is for people who are excited about building companies that solve hard technical problems; that might mean commercialising scientific advances like quantum computing or nuclear fusion, or it might mean tackling difficult software engineering problems, as Dropbox or Stripe did.
Have you achieved a lot in a short space of time?
Generally speaking, EF is most useful for those in the early stages of their career, who can demonstrate that they’ve achieved a lot in a short period of time.
We look for evidence that you have exceptional abilities and behaviours, relative to your peers. Of course, some people – because of background or personal circumstances – will have had far less opportunity to achieve great things than others. That’s why we recommend taking some time to think about who you see as your peers, and how you stand out from them.
We want to hear about what you’ve achieved, whether through your career, or academia, or on the side – perhaps you’ve started an interesting project or two, perhaps you’ve educated yourself about an interesting topic. If you’re unsure, reach out to our team for advice.