What you do after you graduate is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime.

Entrepreneur First Graduate is a new programme that brings together exceptional graduates to explore and accelerate their path to launching an impactful startup.

Entrepreneur First Graduate is the most intense learning curve you can take post-university. You’ll have access to top mentors and advisors from Entrepreneur First’s network, and we’ll cover your living costs while you learn what you’re truly capable of.

Who is EF Graduate for?

You are a 2022 or 2023 graduate. We’re also interested in hearing from you if you’ve dropped out.

You want to pursue big, meaningful work. You have been searching for the right environment and field in which to apply this ambition.

You’ve proven to yourself that you can take on challenging ideas and problems, and you’re eager to find ways to use this ability in service of real goals.

You have high expectations for yourself and the people around you. You want to confront your ideas and ideals to reality. You have a proven interest in technology, demonstrated by seeking out opportunities to build, create and think deeply about creative uses for different technologies.

How it Works

Part 1

Immerse yourself in the startup world.

This is the foundation of your founder journey. 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.

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.

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Part 2

Find a co-founder and an idea.

This is when ‘Form’ begins. Form is an intense, once in a lifetime experience. Alongside your peers, you’ll explore ideas and hunches that you might have developed in the past few days, or had bubbling in the back of your mind for many years. 

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

We’ll pay you a stipend of €2000 a month while you explore ideas in areas like climate, crypto, health, consumer, finance, biotech, social impact and more.

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Part 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 – and thrilling – process, and only those building potentially globally important businesses will pass this stage.

If you successfully secure funding, 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, as well as our network in Silicon Valley.

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Part 4

To be continued.

The network you build as an Entrepreneur First Graduate will be foundational to your career success. 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 help you secure your next role. With access to hundreds of top startups, we’re well-placed to help you navigate your next steps, including giving you access to roles that are under-the-radar.

“Tractable was created by two people just out of a Master’s degree - not even a PhD - with zero professional experience...and I think if Entrepreneur First didn’t exist, I would never have thought that this would be possible.”
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 $10B.

We know what it takes to build a globally successful company – and 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Don't I need more experience to found a company?
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Put simply – no. The founders of some of our most successful companies had less than a year of work experience.

Over 10 years, and $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.

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What kind of idea can I work on?
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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.

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Does it cost anything?
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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.

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

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What happens if I don't find a co-founder or secure funding?
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We’ll help you secure your next role. With access to hundreds of top startups, we’re well-placed to help you navigate your next steps, including giving you access to roles that are under-the-radar.