New Entrepreneurs Foundation

How to apply

How to apply

Entrepreneurs are go-getters who like to build and create. Entrepreneurs are comfortable with uncertainty and have an evolved relationship with risk. Entrepreneurs are dreamers who solve real problems. Entrepreneurs see opportunity everywhere Entrepreneurs listen then they act. Entrepreneurs are natural leaders, are resilient and thrive under pressure. Entrepreneurs like to make new things.

Does this sound like you?

Each year we select up to 50 outstanding individuals embodying these entrepreneurial values. Our selection process is competitive but enjoyable.

Applications will open early in 2018 and close in late March. The final selection days for the next NEF cohort will take place in 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. 

NEF gave me unprecedented access to start-up life. Shadowing a CEO who knows the sector I wanted to work in meant a great deal and provided me with a valuable mentor. I was involved in almost every aspect of the business from pitching to customers to technical know-how and sourcing new premises. It was a unique experience that helped give me the confidence and drive to speed up getting KnowLabel off the ground.

Marianne Hughes
Founder, KnowLabel

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We're 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.