Having invested in hundreds of companies and worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, we know what works and what doesn't. This helps us better support our founders and maximise their chances of success.
Every year, 50,000 founders across the world want to work with us -- people from diverse careers such as serial entrepreneurs, engineers, product builders, subject matter pro's and PhD's.
Because of this, we are extremely selective. We only work with the top 3% out of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs every year. The founders we work with have on average 10 years’ work experience and come with deep functional or industry specific expertise. And we’re democratising entrepreneurship - meaning we work with the best founders regardless of background or geography.
That being said, we actively work to reduce risk by building superior co-founder teams, providing deep business model validation while focusing on quality over quantity. We financially support founders from day one and build a relationship as a long term investor in our companies. We're leveraging the world’s largest dataset on early-stage founder success to evaluate and support exceptional people and ideas.
Start date: January 2021
Build your next startup with Antler
We help you get from 0 to 1 in two phases. The first phase is about team and idea. We will help you find your co-founder, develop, and validate your business idea. Depending on the location, the first phase will be run in person or online (refer to regional pages for clarification). It's an intense, but rewarding time (refer to regional pages for the duration of this period). At the end of this phase, we can invest in the companies. These teams continue onto phase two. The next three months are about building your MVP, getting traction, and getting ready for your next investment round. In that phase, you can and should be located where it makes the most sense for building your company. As part of your time with Antler is Demo Day, in which you will pitch to local and international investors to raise your next round of funding.
Find your co-founder
We strive to select and bring together a diverse group of exceptional people from technologists to experienced business operators and serial entrepreneurs. This allows you to find the right co-founder with a complementary skill set and experiences from your own to build your next company together.
Grow your network
An intro from the right person can make all the difference. We connect you with door-openers, industry experts, and successful entrepreneurs from all over the world, who will help you on this journey.
All participants get an individual grant during the first phase of the program to enable them to focus full-time on building their company and products. We then invest in some of the companies who will get continued support to accelerate their growth.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
We bring together exceptional people to build their next companies. From experienced business operators to technologists and entrepreneurs, we work with exceptional founders regardless of background or geography. On average, our founders have worked for 9 years before building their next company with Antler. Along with that, more than 38% of Antler portfolio companies have at least one female co-founder and the founders of our portfolio companies represent more than 50 nations In the selection process, we look for an inner drive, a clear spike, and grit.
- Inner drive: You're a self-starter and can motivate yourself and others to join your mission. You set high goals and have proven an ability to achieve them.
- Spike: That strong attribute which enables your skills and experiences to stand out from the crowd. You have deep knowledge in an area where you can form a foundation of your company's competitive advantage.
- Grit: Your source of energy never runs low. You always find a window when the door closes. You have the willingness and ability to keep going when you're faced with obstacles.
Deadline: As soon as possible
Cost/funding for participants:
What you get
Founders receive a grant for the first phase of the program. We also invest in each company selected by our investment committee. We then organise a Demo Day where your business will have the opportunity to pitch to thousands external investors from all around the world.