Start your career by doing the most ambitious thing possible – not by crawling up a ladder for 30 years.

We’re paying a small number of the world’s top graduates to turn down their other offers, form a community, and build startups together. They’ll receive access to the world’s best mentors and advisors; the opportunity to pitch for pre-seed investment; and introductions to our network of investors and founders. Over nine months, they’ll have the opportunity to go from student to startup founder.

Why join Entrepreneur First Graduate?

You probably have an idea in your head about what the most competitive or prestigious path to take after university is. Top students are told the most ambitious path for them is in consulting, investment banking, law or at a tech company. If you’re very academic, you might go for a PhD.

But if you’re one of the most exceptional, getting into one of these options will limit your ambition. The best graduates don’t want to spend years working on projects that don’t use their full potential, doing jobs they don’t get anything out of, chasing someone else’s targets or fundings. They want to build something big and impactful, they want to lead it, and they want to do it now.

Entrepreneur First Graduate is for them. We remove the barriers to founding a company, such as time, network and money, and give you what you need to build startups tackling the world’s hardest problems.

Not everyone who goes through the programme will succeed. But the ones that do could create over US$1M in value a week.

Who is Entrepreneur First Graduate for?

We’re not looking for a particular set of badges or achievements.

You could have come top of your class; you could be a dropout. We’re not particularly interested in the internships graduate programmes normally look for, and we definitely don’t care about experience. You can come from any walk of life, and be interested in building in any vertical.

There are however a few things we expect Entrepreneur First Graduates to have in common:

  • You’re obsessed with big ideas.
  • You’re always building. You don’t just stick to what’s on your degree course – you’re always looking for the next project, the next problem to solve.
  • You know that software is eating the world. You want to make impact and know that a tech startup is how to do this at scale. We’d expect those who aspire to be CEOs to have some technical abilities, and CTOs to be exceptional in their field.
  • You’re bored by anything that doesn’t have a real world impact.
  • Your peers don’t understand why you’re frustrated at traditional career options.

We’re accepting applications from:

  • Students currently pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, or who have graduated in the past 2 years.
  • PhD candidates and recent graduates (PhDs are also welcome to apply to Core programmes where applicable).
  • Those who’ve dropped out in the last 1-2 years.
  • Those who never went to university, but are in the same peer group.
  • People with a small amount of professional experience.

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Step 1

Immerse yourself in the startup world.

You’ll participate in a pre-programme that will fast-track your learning and allow you to explore your own interests, come up with ideas and team up with people from your cohort. 

You’ll get one to one support, lectures, workshops and opportunities to immerse yourself in the tech world through internships at venture-backed startups. You’ll become immersed in the startup world, and will begin building a network with the potential to change the trajectory of your life. You’ll have access to top mentors and advisors from Entrepreneur First’s network, who will help you navigate the transition from student to founder.

Step 2

Find a co-founder and an idea.

This is when ‘Form’, the first part of our programme, begins. Alongside a hand-selected community of like-minded, driven people, you’ll explore ideas and hunches. You might have had these for years; you might have developed them in the last few days.

You’ll test co-founding with others from your cohort, with no obligations to stay in the team – in fact, we encourage you to break up if it’s not a good fit. We celebrate this as a sign of progress.

We’ll cover your living expenses while you explore ideas in areas like climate, crypto, health, consumer, finance, biotech, social impact and more.

Step 3

Get funded, launch your company.

After 3 months, if you’ve found a co-founder, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your ideas and your new company to our Investment Committee. It’s a competitive process, and only those building businesses we recognise as being on the path to global success will get funded.

If you pass Investment Committee, you’ll join our accelerator ‘Launch’, where we’ll prepare you to raise funding from some of the world’s best investors. You’ll be coached at every step, and will get access to Entrepreneur First’s local investors and our network in Silicon Valley.

Step 4

To be continued.

Entrepreneur First Graduate is a career accelerant, regardless of whether or not you build a company. Once you’ve joined the Entrepreneur First community, you’re a member for life – and it’s a community that you’ll benefit from throughout your entire career.

If you aren’t successful at Investment Committee, we’ll work with you to find your next role. We’ve got insider access to hundreds of top startups, and will enable you to find an ambitious role that suits you.

Our portfolio

A new programme. A tried and tested methodology.

For the last ten years, we’ve been working with the world’s most exceptional people to build companies now worth in excess of US$10B.

We know what it takes to build a globally successful company. One thing we’ve learned it doesn’t take is decades of experience.

With Entrepreneur First Graduate, we’re bringing that dedicated methodology to founders at the start of their career journey, so they don’t have to wait to fulfil their potential.

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Frequently asked questions


Don't I need more experience to found a company?


Put simply – no. The founders of some of our most successful companies had less than a year of work experience.

Over 10 years, and US$10B of portfolio value, we’ve discovered that you don’t become a good founder by being ready. You become a good founder by getting started.


What kind of idea can I work on?


Our programme is designed for those who want to build found high growth, globally important technology companies – the type of company that would benefit from venture capital funding.

Beyond that, we’re sector agnostic. We expect Entrepreneur First graduates to work on companies tackling challenges in climate change, web3, commerce, healthcare, education, industry and more.


Does it cost anything?


No – we pay you a stipend to cover your living expenses. We want the programme to be accessible for everyone. We believe in your potential, so we’re willing to back you from day zero.


How do I know if I’m the right person to join?


The best way to find out if Entrepreneur First Graduate is for you is to apply. We want to see applications from a wide variety of backgrounds, but we’re especially interested in hearing about things you’ve done outside of university (projects, side hustles, competitions, blogs, sporting achievements), as well as your academic success.


Am I more likely to get in if I apply to multiple cohorts?


No. We apply our criteria consistently across our locations, so if your application is unfortunately unsuccessful in one site, this will be the case in our other sites too.

We ask that you only apply to one location at a time.