About The Program
What is the 6-months program like?
The program is divided in two phases. The first phase is dedicated to finding a co-founder, validating ideas and starting to build your business. The second phase - post Antler investment - is an acceleration track where you will use Antler funding to get enough traction to raise your seed-round. Throughout the program, we offer office space, a personal mentor from our team as well as presentations with external speakers and connection to our global mentor network.
What does a day in the program look like?
During the first phase, your week will be relatively structured with masterclasses, advisor meetings and hackathons. After you find your co-founder, most of your day will be spent ideating around industry problem statements and business models.
In the second phase, you will build and grow your business full-time.
What type of support can I expect from Antler?
You will have access to masterclasses and resources on how to build and grow your start-up, a grant to cover costs during the first two months as well as pre-seed funding if you gain enough traction. But the most valuable support will be our network of advisors, venture partners and industry experts as well as the Antler team and the community of founders.
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.
What is the typical background of other founders in the cohort?
We welcome the best aspiring entrepreneurs from very diverse professional and geographical backgrounds. Our founders are tech, business and research professionals who can sell or build a product: software engineering, business development and strategy, but also e.g., Data Scientists, PhDs in different fields and blockchain experts.
How does Antler facilitate the search for co-founders in Phase 1?
In the first phase of the program (January to March), you will have the opportunity to meet 100+ extremely talented individuals from both tech and business backgrounds, all passionate about building a successful start-up. You will have the opportunity to ideate and test your skill sets and working styles through the program, in hackathons for example.
Although we emphasise complementarity in skillsets and guide you in your search for the perfect co-founder, Antler won’t impose co-founding teams.
Do I have to team up with co-founder(s) during the program?
Yes, every company we fund 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.
Does Antler provide business ideas?
Our industry partners may provide problem statements they would like to solve, and the Antler team and mentors will help find the right area and business model to work in, but we don’t believe in providing ready-made ideas for you to work on. Ultimately this will be up to you and your co-founder!
What if I don't find a cofounder in Phase 1 or receive funding?
Anyone joining the program becomes part of the Antler community. We keep relationships and support Antler alumni in any way we can via our network, whether you’d like to continue your entrepreneurial journey or jump back into the corporate world.
What happens in Phase 2?
Phase 2 (March to June 2019) is an acceleration program. You will be using Antler’s funding to execute on your idea, onboard customers and get enough traction to raise a seed round with external investors in July, all with the help of the Antler team and advisors.
How is Antler different from other accelerators?
Antler’s focus on founder talent, rather than a specific industry or start-up idea makes us unique.
At Antler we identify talent and help them succeed in founding and scaling great companies. We call ourselves a startup generator. We help entrepreneurs from day zero – 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 Antler.
Which industry or sector does Antler focus on?
We are vertical agnostic and look to invest in fast-growing companies with a strong regional or global potential. We welcome a wide range of companies across industries. Most companies have a tech component - e.g. utilizing machine learning, blockchain or IoT technology - in industries such as healthcare, fintech, property tech and more.
What does Antler’s first cohort look like?
Our first cohort started in July 2018 in Singapore with 65+ founders. After the phase 1 we invested in 13 companies, which are currently building start-ups in robotics, proptech, fintech, logistics and e-commerce among others.
What is Antler’s culture?
In both our internal team and our founders, we value self-starters with a passion and people who are driven by the ambition to have a big impact.
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.