Deadline: August 18, 2019 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
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Date: September 30, 2019
Eligibility: Entrepreneur First is a Talent Investor which means they invest in you before you have a co-founder or incorporated company.
Location: Paris, France
Entrepreneur First Accelerator 2019
Entrepreneur First is the world’s leading talent investor. It invests time and money in the world’s most talented and ambitious individuals, helping them to find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company. So far, it has helped 1,000+ people create 200+ companies, worth a combined $1.5bn.
Entrepreneur First is the best place in the world to find your co-founder and build a technology startup from scratch. It is a highly charged environment designed to bring people together and help them realize their potential. EF pioneered this model, and over the past seven years, it has built more startups this way than anyone else.
Found the future
Right now, the world’s most ambitious people are held back by corporate and cultural convention. They are encouraged to join prestigious corporates, or top academic institutions and make slow and steady progress. This puts an artificial limit on what they can achieve, and how fast. We exist to remove that limit.
We offer these Outlier individuals the opportunity to start a technology company and use their ambition to have a lasting, powerful impact.
How it works
Twice a year up to 100 people is selected to join the programme, from thousands of applicants.
The first part of the programme focuses on finding the right co-founder, and developing your idea. It is called Form.
You will be paid to find your co-founder. During Form, you are provided with a stipend to help cover some of your living costs. It’s a not a loan and you never have to pay it back.
Form is a unique opportunity designed to fast-track finding your co-founder. By providing a carefully selected pool of other extraordinary individuals, the accelerator removes the cost of finding someone as talented, ambitious and committed as you.
As you build your team, you will be supported you to develop and refine an idea. Some people join the program with a clear sense of what they want to build; others join while they are still exploring. Either way, EF helps you to find an idea which exploits your own personal competitive advantage – your “Edge”.
At the end of Week 8 of Form, typically around 80% of the cohort are in a team and begin preparing for Investment Committee and admission to Launch. People who have not found a co-founder at this stage leave the programme.
At the end of Form, you pitch to the Investment Committee to receive funding and join Launch, the second part of the programme. It’s highly competitive and they don’t fund every team – only those that have the potential to become globally important companies.
If you’re not funded you, EP will support you to find the right next step for you. Many people join a startup in the EP’s portfolio as an early employee or even rejoin a future cohort.
The second is called Launch and helps you grow your company – with investment from EF – culminating in a demo day in front of the world’s best investors.
Once you join Launch, you will receive the first investment in your company. Over six months you and your co-founder take part in structured training and work with our dedicated advisors to accelerate your growth.
The highlight is a region-wide Demo Day, where teams present their companies to hundreds of the world’s best investors. This is followed by several weeks of fundraising office hours, where we bring investors to you, with the goal of raising a seed round that puts you on the path to scale.
Interested in applying for the Entrepreneur First Accelerator 2019? Register your participation by following the request invitation link and taking the suggested steps.