EF shifts your odds of building a globally important company.

We bring together extraordinary people to build startups from scratch.

EF is the best place in the world to find your co-founder 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.

What does EF offer?

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

  • Introduction to your co-founder - Finding a co-founder in the wild is hard. EF Form is a unique opportunity designed to fast track finding your co-founder. We remove the transaction cost of finding a talented and committed co-founder. You start by joining one of our cohorts in London, Singapore, Berlin, Hong Kong or Paris. 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 alignment using our Edge-based frameworks.
  • Funding from Day 1 - At EF, we pay you to find your co-founder; during EF Form, we provide a stipend to help you cover some of your living costs (currently £2,000 per month in London up to 4 months, €2,000 per month in Berlin and Paris up to 4 months, S$5,000 per month in Singapore up to 3 months, S$5,000 equivalent per month in Hong Kong up to 3 months).

After 14 weeks working on your idea with a co-founder, you 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 individual or company 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, Paris and Berlin and S$75,000 in Singapore and Hong Kong. Read more how investment works for our London cohort.
  • Dedicated and experienced trusted advisor - To get to the right idea, you'll be working closely with the EF Team and then an EF Venture Partner (VP). Our VPs are successful entrepreneurs who have already scaled and sold technology companies worth hundreds of millions. Once funded by Launch, you’ll work with one of our VPs to turn your idea quickly into a fundable business.
  • 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. EF will also invest 15% of your seed round alongside your external investors. 
  • Continued mentoring for growth - you will continue to work with your Venture Partner 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.

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

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