New Entrepreneurs Foundation

How to apply

How to apply

Each year we select up to 50 outstanding individuals with true entrepreneurial spirit.

Entrepreneurs are go-getters who like to build and create things. They are comfortable with uncertainty and are not averse to taking risks. They are dreamers who solve real problems. They see opportunity everywhere and they listen. They are natural leaders, are resilient and thrive under pressure. Does this sound like you? Our selection process is competitive, but we’d like to think enjoyable.

Applications for the NEF Class of 2018 will open on 9 January and close on 30 March 2017. The final selection days will take place in late March and April.


Register your interest

If you think you are right for our programme, register your interest of applying. We will be in touch when applications open in January. Do your research, check our homepage for more information about NEF.  Get in touch with any questions you may have. We'd love to hear from you.

Shout about yourself

We won’t ask you for a cover letter – we want to get to know you properly. We will send you a task and ask you to submit a video instead. We want to know what motivates you and learn about your long term ambition. Tell us your compelling story and we’ll know whether the NEF is right for you.

Telephone interview

Here we will further test your communication skills, your motivations and passion for entrepreneurship. Think about the evidence you can provide to support your compelling story. At this stage we will ask you to submit your CV to help us ask the right questions. 

Selection Day

Group activities with other aspiring entrepreneurs designed to push you. You will have to operate outside your comfort zone and work in teams. At the end of the day you will interview with one of us, one of our alumni and an established entrepreneur. Intense fun.


From the end of April we will introduce you to our host companies. You have to secure a placement in order for you to start the programme in September. We will support you to find the right placement. 

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

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We believe in the power of networks and causing ripples. If you know of any aspiring entrepreneurs, please tell them about us. Or refer them to us via the link below. Thank you for helping us find the next great entrepreneurs and helping them take the next step.

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Contact us

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