Build your next company with Antler
Are you dreaming about building something that will impact millions of lives? You’re not alone. 66% of young professionals want to start their own business, but few pursue their dreams. At Antler, we give talented people that extra push to go from dreamer to doer.
Antler is a startup generator that turns talent into great founders of great companies. We provide funding from day one and support founders building fast-growing businesses they will own and run. We select the most passionate aspiring entrepreneurs, help them find the right co-founders and connect them to a global mentor network.
We believe anyone with the right talent, drive and resources can change our world for the better. To join Antler you apply as an individual, not a team and we will assess you, not your ideas. You may have a business idea already, and that's fine as long as you are open for feedback and to refine your problem statement along the way. During the program most founders change their initial ideas as they partner up with a co-founder and start getting customer feedback.
For the first two months of the program, we give you an individual grant. When you have a solid team and a validated idea, we will invest into your company for a small equity stake. Ultimately, it’s your company and we’re here to help you get things off the ground.
We give you office space and support you hands-on with coaching, office hours with experienced venture partners and mentors and more. We're not here to do your job. We're here to let you focus on what founders do best, spending time with their customers and to build an amazing product and team.
THE RIGHT Co-Founders
Antler gives you access to talented, driven and experienced co-founders and helps you build teams to create a strong foundation from day one.
access to funding
Finding capital often takes a long time and distract founders from executing on their vision. Antler gives you immediate access to funds so you and your team can focus on what matters – execution.
global MENTOR network
Having the right team of advisors can make all the difference for a founder. Antler’s mentors provide expertise and guidance to help you succeed and can help you open doors all around the world.
Founders we are looking for
Our business founders carry deep knowledge of the business value chain and can help companies execute and grow effectively.
We are looking for business founders with experience across a wide range of business functions or with deep knowledge in a specific area, e.g. a proven growth marketing expert.
Our product founders are visionaries in product and software development, helping companies quickly and effectively build great products.
We are looking for people with experience in building and managing products and tech teams, from an early MVP to scaling for the world.
Our domain founders bring a depth of knowledge unlike other founders, with Masters and PhDs in a wide variety of applied sciences.
We are looking for domain founders with deep and proven expertise in technology and applied science fields that can shape innovation in a variety of industries.
What we provide for our founders
We connect you with the right co-founders, help you validate and refine your idea and develop your business. Our competitive selection process ensures you have the best, most talented co-founders in your cohort.
I. Talent Sourcing
(Pre-program) We source talent who wish to build world changing companies. We carefully vet all applicants to ensure that we have the right diversity of talent to support the creation of superior founding teams.
II. Concept and teams
The Antler team and our global network of mentors and partner companies work with you to build your co-founding team and identifying the right problem to address. During this period you receive a personal monthly grant.
III. Company Building
We invest in co-founding teams with a validated idea for a small equity stake in your company. Teams turn their ideas into products and bring them to market with support from the Antler team and mentors.
IV. SCALING And fundraising
(Post-program) Co-founding teams pitch to our investor network and prepare for further scaling. As Antler alumni you enjoy continued support to further grow your company post-program.