New Entrepreneurs Foundation

Ed East

Founder and CEO, Billion Dollar Boy

Ed East is the CEO and Co-Founder of Billion Dollar Boy, one of the fastest growing and most innovative next generation media companies. Billion Dollar boy delivers curated and cost effective influencer marketing campaigns that they manage start to finish for for global brands. They company also provides the technology and tools for organisations to successfully transform the impact of social media Influencers for their brands.

Ed was one of the earliest joiners of the NEF, joining the programme after completing his degree in International Affairs in Virginia, US. Ed realised he wanted to be an entrepreneur early on, inspired by his father as entrepreneurship runs in their family!

Billion Dollar Boy has gone from strength to strength in recent years, the team has grown from 8 to 30 in the past year, grown it’s portfolio of major global brands and invested in technology infrastructure. Billion Dollar Boy has also in recent years hosted and hired a NEFers, seeing the entrepreneurial thinkers as key talent for the growth of the business. Billion Dollar Boy is on a mission to  continue growing and to build an environment where their team thrives. They also have a financial aim to hit a turnover of 10 million in the next two years.

“There are many people that do not have the networks or communities that can encourage them to take a risk and start their own business. Once you join, NEF really becomes your family and helps you with that. You are in a community where other people are on the same journey, which gives you that encouragement that you need”


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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