Frequently asked questions
What happens at Antler?
Once you get selected to any of our cohorts you will join Antler for a five months period. During this time, you'll find your co-founders, validate your idea and start building your business. Day-to-day we offer office space and you will get a personal mentor from our team. We also host presentations with external speakers and connect you with our global mentor network.
Do participants receive compensation?
Yes, during the first two months you get an individual grant to help cover your cost. If your team secures funding during the second part of our program, you get an investment into your company. It's up to the founders how you wish to allocate this.
Do I have to team up with co-founder(s) during the program?
Yes, every team we're funding needs to be at least two co-founders. In the case where you don't find the perfect partner in the cohort, we encourage our founders to find a co-founder outside of Antler.
Why does Antler take equity in the companies?
We invest into the companies, and for that investment amount we get a small share of the company. The majority of the companies is owned by the founders.
Who can apply?
We accept applications from all geographies and backgrounds. There are no minimum requirements other than age (minimum 18 years of age).
How can I apply?
You can apply on our Apply page.
Do I need to send in a business plan?
No, you don’t. Some founders have a clear idea of what they want to build in our program, however, most join us with areas of interest and expertise. The first part of the program is spent on developing ideas and connecting with the right co-founders.
What are the criteria to be accepted?
You can read about our entire selection process and criteria in our blog post on "How to get selected to join Antler"
Part of the Antler program is to help participants find the right co-founders. Can we still apply as a team that is ready to work together?
Yes – you can still join us even if you already have a team. You should apply individually and mention your team in the application. However, we encourage all founders to keep an open mind during the program and consider the opportunity to work with other innovators that they will get to know through the program.
Do I need to have an idea to apply?
No, you don’t, but most founders do. You should, however, need to have an idea of the industry or technology you would like to work within.
We have already raised funding. Can we still apply?
Yes, you can still apply. Most companies are founded during the program, but great founders with an existing business in the early stages can still apply to join Antler.
Can I apply to multiple regions at the same time?
Yes – you can apply to any region and you can apply to multiple regions using the same application form.
When will I hear back regarding my application?
You will hear back from us within four weeks regarding your application. We will then let you know if you move to the next stage in the selection process and you will receive additional information.
What kind of companies are a good fit for Antler?
We're looking to fund fast-growing companies with a strong regional or global opportunity. We welcome a wide range of companies across industries. Most companies are tech-based, e.g. utilizing blockchain technology, machine learning, IoT, etc. Industries include healthcare, fintech, property tech and more. We are interested in supporting innovators with grand ideas for companies that have the opportunity to change the world.
Is Antler an accelerator?
No – At Antler, we identify talent and help them succeed in founding and scaling great companies. We call ourselves a startup generator. We help companies from day 0 – before the company is founded. Accelerator programs support companies that are already established. Participants in our program have the opportunity to join accelerator programs after our program.
What happens after the program? Do participants receive any support?
Yes – Antler continues to support companies after the program. We have an interest in creating successful companies with our innovators. We’ll continue to support companies with our advisory network, investor contacts and company partnerships. In addition, program alumni have the opportunity to use tech, admin and, recruiting resources offered by Antler at cost.
Does Antler provide office space?
Yes, all founders accepted into our program receive office space for the entire program.
Do I have to move to the location where the program is situated?
No – we’re flexible and want talent to choose for themselves where they want to work once their companies are established. However, for the first stage of the program, where founders evaluate different co-founding teams and ideas, they will need to be based in the location where the program is held.
Will Antler help me with my visa/work permit approval application?
Our legal team will assist participants to process their visa/work permit applications for approval.
We don’t need funding, can we still get your advice?
We're a bunch of friendly people. If we have the time, we're happy to meet you for a coffee and share our advice. But you can't be part of our cohort if we can't invest in your business.
Can we meet you?
If you're unsure wether Antler is something for you, come join one of our happy hours or reach out to us, we're happy to meet potential great founders.
Can someone in Antler review my startup idea?
We're happy to have a look at what you're building if you're applying to join our cohort, but we find it more interesting to assess founders rather than ideas. Ideas tend to change over time.
Do you offer internships?
Yes – we do offer internships. Please send us an email at email@example.com.