On our 6-month cohort, 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.

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.

If after reviewing your application we believe you have the potential to found a globally important company with EF, we will invite you to a selection day. Here, you will have the opportunity to showcase your behaviour and ability as a prospective founder, as well as meet other candidates, current cohort members, and our team.

Step Two


Ahead of the programme, 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 just outside of Bangalore, so you can live, eat, work and relax together.

Step Three

Finding 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.

Finding your co-founder
Step four

Getting funded

If your company is accepted into the next stage of our programme, ‘Launch’, you’ll spend 3 months developing your businesses.

Based on the traction and progress you’ve achieved, we’ll bring the right investors to you and help you to streamline your fundraising process.

Getting funded
Step Five


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

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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