So who are the Talent Investors?
EF is the originator of the talent investor model and is balanced somewhat towards technically defensible companies and B2B, though it has also supported great B2C and marketplace businesses like Cleo and Encore.
Locations: London, Singapore, Berlin, Paris, Hong Kong, Bangalore
Stipend: A monthly stipend for three months dependent on location; £2,000 per month in London / S$5,000 per a month in Singapore/ $2000 USD in Bangalore / €2,000 a month in Berlin or Paris.
Investment: £80,000 in Europe, $55,000 in Asia
Full disclosure, I am a co-founder of EF.
Locations: Singapore, Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Sydney, New York
Stipend: S$4,000 per month for two months
Investment: unclear from their website, but I’ve heard around S$60,000
Pioneer doesn’t meet all of the criteria to be a Talent Investor as they don’t provide an official team building programme — instead they have an online community where individuals can meet each other. I really like the model that Daniel Gross is developing — It’s an exciting development in the Talent Investor space.
Locations: Remote for the first phase, with a round trip ticket to San Francisco for the second
Investment: The right to invest $100,000 alongside other investors, with a cap of 20% of the round size.