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Build your company with Singapore's best founders.


Entrepreneur First is where the most ambitious and talented computer scientists and engineers build their companies from scratch.

You don't need a team or fixed idea to apply. We help you find a co-founder, get customers, and raise funding from top investors. 

Our London program builds some of Europe's most exciting technology companies.  We've supported hundreds of exceptional people from leading institutions. Now we're coming to Singapore.

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Build your company with Singapore's best founders.


Entrepreneur First is where the most ambitious and talented computer scientists and engineers build their companies from scratch.

You don't need a team or fixed idea to apply. We help you find a co-founder, get customers, and raise funding from top investors. 

Our London program builds some of Europe's most exciting technology companies.  We've supported hundreds of exceptional people from leading institutions. Now we're coming to Singapore.

EF’s new presence in Singapore will help catalyse technology innovation to take advantage of the current opportunities in Asia. EF will help individuals with deep technical capabilities and new ideas to translate them into commercial solutions.
— Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of Singapore
Entrepreneur First will give graduates real support, unearth the entrepreneurs of the future and help them turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses.
— Mr. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


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We help you build your deep-technology startup from scratch.


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We help you build your deep-technology startup from scratch.


We support you to find your maximum potential

Entrepreneur First supports you to become a founder through a six month program. You don't need a fixed idea or team to apply - we back you based on your skills and talent.

For the first three months, we support you to test ideas and co-founding teams alongside 50 other exceptional people in your EF Cohort. We help you rapidly test ideas based on your expertise, give you world class advisors, and support you financially with a stipend of s$5000 per month.  After the first three months, we invest an additional s$25,000 in any company you've created on the program, and spend another three months helping you get your first customers, grow your team, and prepare you to raise top tier venture capital after the program.

By joining EF we not only met each other, but built a company based on our research and the technology we love. We’ve since raised one of Europe’s largest seed investment rounds, built a team of machine learning researchers, and are solving some of the hardest computing problems in industry.
— Alex Dalyac & Razvan Ranca, Co-Founder of Tractable, EF3, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, & London School of Economics alumni
 

 

We build teams of elite technical co-founders

Entrepreneur First selects only the very best technical individuals. You can apply with a co-founder in mind, but you don't need a fixed co-founder to apply - we believe we are the best place to find and test your co-founder.

Through your EF Cohort of 50 people, you'll have the opportunity to co-found with some of the brightest computer scientists and engineers. We've worked with more than 200 founders, and 55% of our portfolio were educated at Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College London. 

I’ve met my Co-Founder on EF, twice. I grew my first EF company, Adbrain, to more than 50 employees, opened offices across Europe and the US, and raised investment from world class investors, before deciding to start my second company through EF. The people you meet on the EF program are some of the most talented computer scientists and engineers you’ll find anywhere in the world.
— Dr Rashid Mansoor, Co-Founder of Adbrain & Hadean, EF1 & EF3 alumni, University of Sussex PhD
 

 

We do whatever it takes to make you succeed

Entrepreneur First brings together exceptional people, both in our Cohort and on our team.

Our Venture Partners have built businesses worth billions, from Groupon to Metaswitch Networks. Our Science Partners are some of the world's top researchers, from the University of Cambridge to Google DeepMind. Our Investors - potentially, your investors - and Senior Advisors have an exceptional track record at firms from Index Ventures to Cisco.

In London, we've built and helped secure funding for 50 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. They are backed by some of the world's most prestigious investors including Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Octopus Investments and Y Combinator. Over 90% of our portfolio has raised external venture funding, with initial Seed Investment rounds of up to s$3,000,000 barely a few months after the companies were started on the EF program.

Starting a company on EF was a completely different experience to starting a company outside EF. We got invaluable customers, investors, and advisors through the program. If you’re thinking of applying, do it.
— Joe Root & Tim Spratt, Co-Founders of Permutive, EF2, Y Combinator S14, Imperial College London, and Oxford University alumni
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What people say


We're privileged to have fantastic support from press, industry, and academia.

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What people say


We're privileged to have fantastic support from press, industry, and academia.

 

“What makes the six-month program different from its peers is that it recruits people based on talent, not their ideas... it is around twice as competitive as Harvard.”

The Daily Telegraph

 

“Encouraging the best and brightest of Singapore to build companies based on the knowledge that they have developed in our universities and research institutions is important to the future success of our nation.”

Prof. Teck Seng Low, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore National Research Foundation

“I have actively encouraged some of my best students to start a company based on their research. Building a company based on one’s research is a fantastic way of making academic work have an impact. Entrepreneur First has helped our students meet their cofounders and build successful technology startups.”

Prof. Dr. Zoubin Ghahramani, Head of Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, Assoc Research Prof. at Carnegie Mellon University and EF Science Partner

 
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Join us


Applications for our Singapore cohort starting September 2016 are now open. Click here to apply.

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Join us


Applications for our Singapore cohort starting September 2016 are now open. Click here to apply.