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"The next generation of Indian talent has the potential to build the iconic companies of tomorrow. Access to EF’s community, funding and networks can make it happen."

Reid Hoffman - Co-founder, LinkedIn

"The next generation of Indian talent has the potential to build the iconic companies of tomorrow. Access to EF’s community, funding and networks can make it happen."

Reid Hoffman - Co-founder, LinkedIn

Companies founded at EF have been backed by...

From strangers to unicorn co-founders.

Alex and Razvan met at Entrepreneur First in 2015, when each had less than a year’s work experience. They formed a partnership leveraging Alex’s commerciality, and Razvan’s technical edge, to find applications for deep learning. Now, the company they co-founded, Tractable, is worth $1B; has over 200 employees across three continents; and counts the biggest names in their industry for customers.

How does our programme work?

Application

Admission to EF is highly competitive; we’re looking for evidence that you can build a billion dollar company.

Preparation

If you’re one of the few offered a place, you’ll be invited to a kick-off event. You’ll start exploring partnerships and ideas before the programme even starts.

Find your co-founder

For three months, we pay you to trial potential co-founders, and develop an idea you’re uniquely positioned to build.

Pitch for investment

You’ll pitch your business to our investment committee for pre-seed funding. We’ll fund you if we believe you’re on a path for global success.

Launch

If we decide to fund you, you and your co-founder will spend the next three months launching your startup. You’ll have a dedicated, world-leading venture partner, and we’ll introduce you to some of the world’s top investors.

How does our programme work?

Application

If you’re one of the few offered a place, we’ll send you an invitation to a kick-off event. You’ll start trialing partnerships and ideas before the programme even starts.

Preparation

If you’re one of the few offered a place, we’ll send you an invitation to a kick-off event. You’ll start trialing partnerships and ideas before the programme even starts.

Find your co-founder

For three months, we pay you to trial potential co-founders, and develop an idea you’re uniquely positioned to build.

Pitch for investment

You’ll pitch your business to our investment committee for pre-seed funding. We’ll fund you if we believe you’re on a path for global success.

Launch

If we decide to fund you, you and your co-founder will spend the next three months launching your startup. You’ll have a dedicated, world-leading venture partner, and we’ll introduce you to some of the world’s top investors.

How does our programme work?

Application

Admission to EF is highly competitive; we’re looking for evidence that you have the potential to build a billion dollar company. You’ll complete a first application, then if successful, be invited to an interview with our team.

Preparation

If you’re one of the few offered a place, we’ll send you an invitation to a kick-off event. You’ll start trialing partnerships and ideas before the programme even starts.

Find your co-founder

For three months, we pay you to trial potential co-founders, and develop an idea you’re uniquely positioned to build.

Pitch for investment

You’ll pitch your business to our investment committee for pre-seed funding. We’ll fund you if we believe you’re on a path for global success.

Launch

If we decide to fund you, you and your co-founder will spend the next three months launching your startup. You’ll have a dedicated, world-leading venture partner, and we’ll introduce you to some of the world’s top investors.

Accelerate your path to founding a global startup

No team or idea required. We enable you to find the right co-founder, and develop a novel idea together.

We fund you from Day 1, while giving you the freedom to work on the projects you are best place to build.

Tried and tested methodology. We’ve spent 10 years working with leading talent to build companies now worth over $10B+ in combined value.

How we're doubling down on India

We're introducing greater investment allocation in the region, and now offering the companies we fund an increased US$75,000 in pre-seed investment. In addition, we're pleased to announce that Rahul Samat has joined us as general manager and partner for India. Rahul brings global expertise, hands-on experience as a founder and a deep understanding of the opportunities the Indian ecosystem presents.

How we're doubling down on India

What our alumni say about Entrepreneur First

Vedant Maheshawri

CEO, vidyo.ai

What accelerated my journey as an entrepreneur was being a part of Entrepreneur First. I not only got the opportunity to work on my idea and find my co-founder, but also got extremely valuable guidance and pre-seed funding to work on this idea, and make it a reality.

Anil Chandra

CTO, Vadoo

One key problem has been finding an ideal co-founder who has the same passion, and having mentors who can guide you through the entrepreneurial journey so you won't repeat the same mistakes. Both these problems are solved by Entrepreneur First.

Alex Dalyac

CEO, Tractable

Entrepreneur First tell you: ‘you’re here to build billion dollar companies.’ I remember thinking ‘that’s ridiculous.’ I guess it isn’t.

Trisha Chatterjee

CTO, immunito.AI

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tarik Dadi

CEO, Qantev

Beyond kickstarting my dream of being an entrepreneur, I joined a community comprised of the most incredible and ambitious people you can meet.

Laina Emmanuel

CEO Brainsight AI,

I run my own company with a co-founder who I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for EF.

Vedant Maheshawri

CEO, vidyo.ai

What accelerated my journey as an entrepreneur was being a part of Entrepreneur First. I not only got the opportunity to work on my idea and find my co-founder, but also got extremely valuable guidance and pre-seed funding to work on this idea, and make it a reality.
3:36 PM - JAN 27, 2021

Anil Chandra

CTO, Vadoo

One key problem has been finding an ideal co-founder who has the same passion, and having mentors who can guide you through the entrepreneurial journey so you won't repeat the same mistakes. Both these problems are solved by Entrepreneur First.

Alex Dalyac

CEO, Tractable

Entrepreneur First tell you: ‘you’re here to build billion dollar companies.’ I remember thinking ‘that’s ridiculous.’ I guess it isn’t.

Trisha Chatterjee

CTO, immunito.AI

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tarik Dadi

CEO, Qantev

Beyond kickstarting my dream of being an entrepreneur, I joined a community comprised of the most incredible and ambitious people you can meet.

Laina Emmanuel

CEO Brainsight AI,

I run my own company with a co-founder who I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for EF.

Vedant Maheshawri

CEO, vidyo.ai

What accelerated my journey as an entrepreneur was being a part of Entrepreneur First. I not only got the opportunity to work on my idea and find my co-founder, but also got extremely valuable guidance and pre-seed funding to work on this idea, and make it a reality.
3:36 PM - JAN 27, 2021

Anil Chandra

CTO, Vadoo

One key problem has been finding an ideal co-founder who has the same passion, and having mentors who can guide you through the entrepreneurial journey so you won't repeat the same mistakes. Both these problems are solved by Entrepreneur First.

Alex Dalyac

CEO, Tractable

Entrepreneur First tell you: ‘you’re here to build billion dollar companies.’ I remember thinking ‘that’s ridiculous.’ I guess it isn’t.

Trisha Chatterjee

CTO, immunito.AI

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tarik Dadi

CEO, Qantev

Beyond kickstarting my dream of being an entrepreneur, I joined a community comprised of the most incredible and ambitious people you can meet.

Laina Emmanuel

CEO Brainsight AI,

I run my own company with a co-founder who I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for EF.

Your journey to founding a billion dollar company starts here.

Sign up to connect with our team, and take the first step towards meeting your co-founder and building your startup.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Entrepreneur First?

Entrepreneur First is a highly selective, 3-month long programme. We bring together the few individuals with the potential to found globally important technology companies, to meet their co-founder and build startups from scratch.

Do I need a co-founder?

No –  Entrepreneur First is designed for aspiring founders to join as individuals, and meet their co-founder from our carefully selected community.  The first eight weeks of the programme is dedicated to trialling co-founders and ideas. You’ll have the opportunity to test partnerships with leading talent from a wide variety of backgrounds to find the right person with a complimentary skillset and mindset.

Do I need an idea?

No – you don’t need an idea to apply to Entrepreneur First. Insights, strong convictions and beliefs about the future are encouraged, though. If you do have an idea, that’s great, but its strength and weaknesses won’t affect how we assess your application. We care most about the size of your ambition.

What are you looking for in prospective founders?

Founders who join our programme have usually recently graduated, or who have a few years of industry experience. We're looking for people who have can demonstrate, based on their skills and behaviours, that they have the potential to found high-growth, globally important technology companies.

What can I work on?

We're sector agnostic, and founders who join us work in a wide-range of technologies and verticals, including sustainability, web3, healthcare, SaaS, consumer, and industry. We don’t tell you what to work on or give you ideas. We’ll facilitate team-building and ideation and have several frameworks and tools to help you reach the strongest founder-idea fit. We’re most interested in building companies which are technically defensible and can become globally significant.

How does financial support during the first part of the programme work?

Entrepreneur First funds you as an individual from Day 1, and if you form a company, we are your first investor. To start we will pay you 100,000 INR in Bangalore per month. If you leave Entrepreneur First at the end of Form or Launch the stipend is yours to keep.

How does investment work?

If you are successful at Investment Committee, we invest $75,000 for 10% of your company in Bangalore.

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