Deadline: May 17, 2019 23:59 (CEST)| Apply here
Start Date: June 10, 2019
Eligibility: Exceptionally talented individuals with the aspiration to become a great founder of a fast-growing startup, having minimum 7-8 years of work experience
Location: London, the United Kingdom
Antler provides funding from day one and supports founders in building fast-growing businesses they will own and run. The generator selects the most passionate, aspiring entrepreneurs, help them find the right co-founders and connect them to the Global Advisor Network.
For the first two months, you will be given an individual grant. Moreover, Antler provides hands-on coaching, access to experienced venture partners, Global Advisor Network and more.
Global Advisor Network
Antler is a global startup generator backed by exceptional entrepreneurs and industry experts such as Andreas Ehn (first CTO Spotify), Dominic Barton (former CEO McKinsey) and Joao Rufino (Head of EMEA Cloud Engineering, Google).
Who should apply?
Antler is looking for exceptionally talented individuals having a strong tech and product background. Are you a researcher or scientist with deep domain expertise?
Have you got a minimum of 7-8 years of work experience and the aspiration to become a great founder of a fast-growing startup?
Have you launched products on a broad scale in the past or have proven business and growth skills? Apply now!
An ideal candidate should have:
- Drive: People who will run to the ends of the world to achieve their goals. Your resilience and ability to fail, learn and bounce back is a key determinant of success.
- Problem-solving skills: Those who have a unique and very creative way to approach the problems they see around them.
- A clear spike: Individuals with a clear spike or deep expertise in their fields of work, be it in research or in a specific industry.
During the program, you will be assessed individually, not as a part of a team. You are encouraged to apply even though you may or may not have a business idea. Antler will provide you with feedback and help you to refine your problem statement along the way.
The Generator will help you find a co-founder with complementary skills and similar ideas. All founders get connected to the Global Advisor Network to get hands-on support and access to their valuable networks.
For the first two months, you will be given an individual grant. Once you have a solid team and a validated idea, the Generator will invest in your company for a small equity stake. You and your co-founders keep the majority of the ownership. Ultimately, it’s your company, and Antler will help you get things off the ground.
Now is the best time to take the leap and start building your own business
Anyone with the right spike, drive and resources can change our world for the better. Antler will support you throughout the journey to lower the risks and increase the chances of success.
The programme consists of two phases:
1. An intense 9 weeks full of activities that include: team challenges, hackathons, keynote panels, expert-led workshops, all designed to prepare you for the pitch to the Investment Committee.
2. Building and launching your venture with the support of your MVP or Antler’s resources, such as Global Advisor Network. It will help you with the preparation to present your idea in front of London’s top investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. This phase culminates with Demo Day.
The Antler programme includes the following stages:
- Program kick-off
When joining the Antler program, you spend the first couple of weeks in rotation over a series of activities designed to help evaluate skill sets, cultural fit and working styles in fast-paced, high-pressure situations, so that you better understand who the ideal co-founders are for you.
- Team and idea validation (2 months)
Following the program kick-off, you focus on team and idea validation. In this period we all work together rigorously to identify the right team-fit and the right business model fit to set you up for success.
To enable everyone to focus full-time on building their next business, all participants are given a monthly grant during this period. All participants work from our offices during this time.
- Company building (3-4 months)
The best business ideas receive an Antler investment and further support, in exchange for a small equity stake.
At this stage, the companies start scaling their concepts – the focus is on proving the potential and the viability of the idea. All companies have access to office space through Antler during this time.
- Demo Day
At the end of the five-month program, companies have the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a select group of investors through our Demo Day.
All the portfolio companies continue to receive advice and support through network introductions after the program ends.
London – a major global business hub
London continues to be a major global business hub with great tech success stories such as Farfetch, Deliveroo and Transferwise in recent years.
London also benefits from being at the crossroad of time zones and language – with many organisations prefering to do business in English.
Interested in applying for the Antler Startup Generator London 2019? Register your participation by following the application link and taking the suggested steps.