New Entrepreneurs Foundation

Alex Somervell

Founder at One Third Stories

The Accidental Entrepreneur

Alex applied to NEF to develop his business skills and grow his network to benefit his own venture. Being part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs starting out with their career has been invaluable for him.  

Alex had founded One Third Story with his best friend before joining NEF. The company is rewriting the way children learn languages through stories that start in English and end in a different language. Alex got the idea for his venture from the book ‘A Clockwork Orange’. They are now looking to create a library of language learning stories as hardback books, apps and audiobooks. They’re on a mission to inspire a new generation of linguists.


The programme was extremely, appealing as it is very rare to experience a structured introduction to the world of running your own business, straight out of university. Being part of the NEF programme has given me the validation and confidence I needed to be an entrepreneur plus I’ve been introduced to an awesome group of people who are like me – young entrepreneurs experiencing growing a venture.

Alex Somervell
Founder at One Third Stories

The Programme

We work with bright young people who have big ideas and big ambition. NEF offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to gain hands-on work experience in some of the UK’s leading high growth companies. These unique placements support a formal learning programme in entrepreneurship and start-up skills that gives you everything you need to launch your own business.

NEF provides you with a personal coach, expert mentoring and access to an unparalleled business network to deliver a unique development opportunity. The NEF FastTrack has been designed to help you fulfil your potential. We are on a mission to develop the entrepreneurial leaders of the future. If you want to continue your education by building something you care about, read on.

Work placement

We believe in learning-by-doing. You will spend a year working within entrepreneurial teams in innovative organisations. Learn from inspirational people, have a real business impact and earn a salary.

Learning & development

We will equip you with the skills, mindset and frameworks to put your entrepreneurial drive into action. Through our unique hands-on education in entrepreneurship you will learn and grow.

Coaching & mentoring

We match you to an executive coach and business mentor to bring the best out of you and your business. Honest and actionable feedback tailored to you and your ambitions.


Events where you will engage with and learn from entrepreneurial leaders. Grow your network, get your voice heard and learn from entrepreneurial successes and failures.

Your NEF year - What to expect

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