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New Entrepreneurs Foundation - 2017 Programme

Graduate programme
Entrepreneurship & Start Ups
Participants are paid a minimum salary of £22,000 pro rata. Salaries are subject to negotiation, and depend on the candidate's level of prior experience.
31st March 2017


The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) programme is an intensive 12-month placement opportunity designed to prepare future entrepreneurs for the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial journey.

About the programme / Benefits:

Each year we select around 50 aspiring entrepreneurs to take part in our 12-month change-making programme. The programme encompasses three key elements: 

  • A paid year-long work placement in a choice of exciting, innovative, high-growth companies based in London
  • Monthly speaker and networking events, providing ample opportunity for participants to connect with other aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as established investors and businesspeople
  • NEF have teamed up with top business schools and learning providers to enrol participants on a unique learning programme. This includes 25 days of seminars and workshops designed to give you a hands-on education in entrepreneurship and to equip you with the essential skills and confidence to put your entrepreneurial drive into action.
  • Participants are linked with a personal Executive Coach, who will be there to support you throughout the year, and a Business Mentor, to help you conceptualize, launch and build your own venture

What we look for:

You may not see yourself as an “entrepreneur”, but if this sounds like you, we want to hear from you:

  • You like creating and building things
  • You are not averse to risk taking and you are comfortable with uncertainty
  • You are good at solving problems
  • You like talking to customers and discovering what problems they’re having, and you can find ways of monetising the solution
  • You are resilient and excel under pressure
  • You like being your own boss
  • You are confident but have the humility to learn and love doing so
  • You have leadership experience and work well in teams
  • You have set up your own money-making venture or you have developed an existing one

How to apply:

Our application process is designed to give you a taste of what being on the programme will be like - it consists of the following stages:

  • An online application form including a short 250-word response to the question 'Why do you want to be an entrepreneur?'
  • A 5-minute mock video pitch for a choice of three entrepreneurial business ideas
  • A telephone interview with a NEF alumnus
  • A Selection Day, including a panel interview

Please note - applications are screened on a rolling basis and places at the Selection Days are awarded on a first-come first-served basis. We therefore recommend getting your application in as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Good luck with your application - we look forward to receiving it.

Deadline: 30th March 2017

Compensation details

Participants are payed a minimum salary of £22,000 pro rata. Salaries are subject to negotiation, and depend on the candidate's level of prior experience.

Key benefits of the NEF programme include:

  • Incredible opportunities to network with up-and-coming and established entrepreneurs at regular NEF events
  • Mentorship from your personal Executive Coach and Business Mentor, who are typically business leaders and investors who have started and managed multiple ventures
  • Become a life-long member of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation; the perfect platform from which to launch your own business

Good luck with your application - we look forward to receiving it.