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Bangalore boasts some of the world’s top talent, universities and tech startups. We welcomed our first cohort here in 2019, and have since funded 34 groundbreaking companies with the potential for global impact.

Building across a wide range of sectors, our India portfolio includes gamified investment and personal finance platform Fello, who have acquired 100,000 users and raised a $1M Seed round, and Retail Pulse, who are using computer vision to provide real-time display analytics, connecting businesses to millions of mom and pop stores.

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The Bangalore Team

Venture Partners

Our Venture Partners provide dedicated support to founders in the second half of the platform, bringing their world-leading expertise as entrepreneurs, investors and advisors to push you and your startup to success.

Bangalore

Why build in Bangalore?

India has an extraordinary talent pool. Much of Silicon Valley  is run by entrepreneurs and executives who started life in India. And increasingly founders no longer believe they have to leave India to have an extraordinary impact: it’s clear that you can build globally competitive technology companies in India.

Our job is to accelerate this trend tenfold. We believe that a disproportionate share of the next decade’s deep tech giants will be built in India and we want to play a major role in making that happen.

“One key problem has been finding an ideal co-founder who has the same passion, and having mentors who can guide you through the entrepreneurial journey so you won't repeat the same mistakes.

Both these problems are solved by Entrepreneur First.”
Our Community

A community of ambitious future founders, hand-selected by our team.

Founders have left leading institutions and impressive jobs to join our platform.

From a wide variety of backgrounds, they all share a commitment to building innovative startups now. These are the challengers; the driven; the leaders; the ones with the potential to found globally important companies.

Meet our Bangalore community

Selection Days

To select our next cohort, beginning April 2022, we will for the first time hold selection days.

If we decide to invite you to a selection day following your application, you will have the opportunity not only to showcase your potential as a founder in your interviews, but to meet other candidates, our current cohort and our team.

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When are the 3 selection days scheduled?
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The 3 selection days are scheduled for early December, early January and early February.

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What can I expect on selection day?
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You are expected to set aside one-half of your day for the interview process.* The interviews will take place in 2 slots in the EF office in Bangalore. You will have the chance to meet the talent team at EF and understand the EF platform in-depth. You can use this time to resolve any pending queries or concerns. Our current cohort – a group of aspiring founders currently accelerating their startup journey – will be  around to speak with you, and share their experiences.  

*Please note there will be waiting time between your interview slots and the presentation by the EF team.

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What are my chances of making it through the selection day?
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We receive over 1500 applications every cohort. We have a holistic admissions process and review every application. Roughly 30% of applicants are invited to interview with our team. Approximately 3% of applicants join the cohort.

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Does it matter which selection day I am a part of?
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Our pool of early applicants tends to include a very high proportion of exceptionally talented individuals. A higher rate of admission in the first two selection days reflects that phenomenon. Nearly 75% of the cohort will be filled within the first two selection days.

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What does EF look for in its applicants?
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At Entrepreneur First, we look for people who have very strong founder potential, and help them meet a co-founder and build a technology company from scratch. You can read more about how we recognise potential founders here.

“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.”
Investor Day

Watch the pitches from our Bangalore 5 Investor Day.

“From being the platform where we met and started off as co-founders, to guiding us to go after a globally impactful mission and even choosing us as one of the few companies they led the seed round for, EF has been at the heart of our company’s growth journey since the beginning.”