EF shifts your odds of building a globally important company.

When you're ready to scale

We've helped our startups secure funding from the world's best investors and customers from some of the world's biggest companies. If you’ve already got an early product and are looking to scale, EF can accelerate your growth and maximises your chances of success.  

Preparing to fundraise

This is the first installment of our five-part series on tactical fundraising advice.

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MPT (EF3) acquired by Twitter for $150m

Magic Pony Technology (EF3) was acquired by Twitter, a huge endorsement of the team and the breakthrough technology they’ve built.

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Watch videos from our last Demo Day

The demo day pitches from our EF7 cohort in London.

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EF office hours


If you are thinking about an idea, or have multiple ideas that you're considering, we'd like to discuss this with you. We run regular office hours to help exceptional individuals think about founding. These sessions are one to one chats with our team. If you're working on something particularly exciting, we may even suggest you apply to EF. 


There is very high demand for office hours, please bear with us while we set up time for you.

We bring together extraordinary people to build startups from scratch.

EF is the best place in the world to find your cofounder and build a seed-funded startup from scratch. Over the last six years, we’ve built more startups this way than anyone else.


We have different programmes for each stage of your journey:

  • EF Form: Find a co-founder and develop your idea
  • EF Launch: Get your team funded and start your business


Each phase is designed to amplify your efforts to build a globally important company, regardless of your starting point.

EF Form: Find a co-founder and develop your idea

  • Find your cofounder - Finding a cofounder in the wild is hard. The EF Form is a unique opportunity designed to fast track finding your cofounder. We remove the transaction cost of finding a talented and committed cofounder. You start by joining one of our cohorts in Hong-Kong, Berlin, Singapore or. Each cohort is a group of outlier individuals who have been carefully screened before being selected to join. EF is highly competitive; we are looking for those with exceptional founder potential at any stage of their career. No other place in the world invests as much as we do in founder screening, or has as much experience.
  • Support to develop an idea - As you build your team, we will support you to develop an idea. Some individuals join us with a clear idea of what they want to work on, others join us while they are still exploring. Either way we help you to find strong team-idea fit using our Edge-based frameworks.
  • Dedicated and experienced trusted advisor - To get to the right idea, you'll be working closely with the EF Team and an EF Venture Partner (VP). Our VPs are successful entrepreneurs who have already scaled and sold technology companies worth hundreds of millions. Once in a team you’ll work with one of our VPs to turn your idea quickly into a fundable business.
  • Funding from Day 1 - At EF, we pay you to find your cofounder; during EF Form, we provide you a stipend to help you cover some of your living costs for 3 months.
    • Hong-Kong - HK$30,000 
    • Berlin - €2,000 per month
    • Singapore - S$5,000 per month
    • London - £2,000 per month

After 12 weeks working on your idea with a co-founder, teams have the opportunity to pitch to join EF Launch — our next stage to help you get customers, build a product, and raise funding. EF Launch is highly competitive and we don’t fund every team at this stage. If we don’t fund you, we will support you to find the right next step for you and you keep the stipend paid. Many people join one of our alumni startups as an early employee.

EF Launch: Get your team funded and start your business

  • Pre-seed investment for your company - At EF Launch, we help you get ready for raising your seed round. Upon entering the programme, we invest £80,000 in London and S$75,000 in Singapore. Read more how investment works for our London cohort.
  • Continued mentoring for growth - you'll be working closely with the EF Team and an EF Venture Partner (VP). Our VPs are successful entrepreneurs who have already scaled and sold technology companies worth hundreds of millions. You'll work with your VP who will now push you towards growing your business. The focus here is on product, customers and investment. They’ll prepare you for Demo Day alongside our Funding team, who’ll get you investor-ready.
  • Introduction to the world's best investors - once you’re ready to raise a seed round you’ll pitch at Demo Day. This is an opportunity to meet 300+ active investors in Europe, US and Asia. EF companies raise larger than average rounds on the best possible terms. If you are part of our London cohort we will also invest 15% of your seed round alongside your external investors. Globally, our fundraising teams will connect you to investors and work with you to learn from investor feedback.


EF’s success suggests a revolutionary conclusion: entrepreneurs, long presumed to be born, can in fact be made” - WIRED