New Entrepreneurs Foundation

How to Apply

Our selection process

Each year we select 40 outstanding individuals on to the NEF FastTrack. Throughout our selection process we look for evidence of entrepreneurial aptitude, critical thinking and problem solving skills, commercial savvy as well as outstanding interpersonal skills, humility and value alignment. We are looking for people who have what it takes to start the next big business and who will add value to our community of game-changers.

Our selection process is competitive, but fun.

Application are now open and close in late March. The final selection days for the next NEF cohort will take place end of March and early April.


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Register your interest early to keep up to date with NEF news, start your research and be ready for when applications open.

Telephone screen

We will call you to better understand your motivations, whether you are clear about the programme and what you want to get out of it. We will assess whether you are ready to take the plunge.


We will go even deeper during the first face-2-face interviews. We prefer to meet you in person, but can arrange Skype calls if necessary.

Online Test

We will assess your skills and character and set you a task to prepare for the Selection Day.

Selection Day

We will assess leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills and set you challenges to push you out of your comfort zone. You will also have two final interviews where you will face entrepreneurs, business leaders and members of the NEF team who will assess you for founder potential and overall NEF and cohort fit. If successful at this stage you will be made a conditional offer.


In order to confirm your place on the programme you will have to secure a placement with a NEF host company or any other company that fits our criteria. We support you in the process with introductions and guidance, but ultimately it is your responsibility to secure a job before the programme starts in September. Once you’ve secured your placement you’ve secured your place on the NEF FastTrack.


Each year we accept a small number of self-sponsored candidates who grow their own business while participating in the NEF FastTrack programme. The application process is the same as for all other candidates, but if you want to know more about this option, use the ‘Contact NEF’ option to get in touch.

I got way more out than I ever could have imagined. I honestly didn’t realise how big the network side was. I got so much out of it, including a lot of value from the NEF events and workshops, and the alumni network.

James Beddows
Founder of RideTo

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Contact NEF

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, do get in touch. We're here to help and love to hear from you.