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Entrepreneur First

Join our Venture Capital scout program. Gain access to an extensive network of trailblazing startups and take part in shaping the future of the industry. Leverage your entrepreneurial skills in a new, exciting way.


Entrepreneur First (EF) is a London-based accelerator that specialises in helping individuals build their own tech companies. Since its establishment in 2011, Entrepreneur First has backed over 2,500 individuals to create more than 300 companies across Asia, Europe, and North America. The venture capital firm has helped these founders secure over $2 billion in funding.

Entrepreneur First's unique model involves selecting cohorts of talented and ambitious people and providing them with a stipend to cover living expenses for six months. During this time, teams are formed, ideas are developed, and businesses are launched. Entrepreneur First provides its founders with a desk space, guidance from a team of venture partners, in addition to access to a network of mentors and investors.

One of the success stories from Entrepreneur First includes Magic Pony Technology, an artificial intelligence company that was acquired by Twitter for $150 million. Other successful firms include Bloomsbury.AI, which was bought by Facebook, and Represent, a social commerce site that was sold to CustomInk. Tractable, another alumni of the EF portfolio, leveraged artificial intelligence to speed up insurance claims, raising $60 million in Series C funding.

Among its many successful co-founders, Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck are noted for their influential roles in driving the success of Entrepreneur First. Both have a background in McKinsey & Company and have designed an effective model for nurturing startups, which has led to the Firm's recognition in the European startup scene.

Entrepreneur First initiates several unique initiatives and programs. EF10, the tenth London cohort, aims to fund teams using synthetic biology to solve major world problems. Other initiatives include The Boole Fund, a program to assist researchers to transition into the startup world.

Notably, Entrepreneur First is the world's leading talent investor, investing in individuals before they have a team or an idea. They have implemented a unique approach often referred to as the "pre-team, pre-idea" phase, which makes them distinct from traditional accelerators.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Join the exclusive dealflow network of Entrepreneur First and be the first to review opportunities from pre-eminent startups, innovations, and individuals. Don't miss out!

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