Build your next company with Antler in Amsterdam

Antler is a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in exceptional entrepreneurs. In Amsterdam’s vibrant tech hub, we bring together entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to build the defining companies of tomorrow.

Go further and faster than you ever thought possible

We enable exceptional people to build the defining companies of tomorrow through an unrivaled network of experts and advisors. We have collected a massive global dataset to evaluate early-stage founder success and support our startups with data.

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Equal access to funding and opportunity for all founders is at the core of what we do

Bringing together people from different backgrounds is an important factor when finding exceptional individuals for our program. As a member of the recently launched #Fundright campaign, we have already reached a strong milestone by investing in 41% of companies that have at least one female co-founder, nearly meeting the 3 year benchmark.

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Antler Amsterdam Application FAQs
  • Why should I apply to Antler Amsterdam?

    Antler is a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional people. 

    We’re the world’s largest early-stage investment platform, present in twelve locations across 6 continents and have invested in 160+ companies.

    Every year, 50,000 founders across the world want to work with us - people from diverse careers such as serial entrepreneurs, engineers, product builders, subject matter pro's and PhD's.

    Because of this, we are extremely selective. We only work with the top 2% out of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs every year. The founders we work with have on average 10 years’ work experience and come with deep functional or industry specific expertise. And we’re democratising entrepreneurship - meaning we work with the best founders regardless of background or geography.

    That being said, we actively work to reduce risk by building superior co-founder teams, providing deep business model validation while focusing on quality over quantity. We financially support founders from day one and build a relationship as a long term investor in our companies. We're leveraging the world’s largest dataset on early-stage founder success to evaluate and support exceptional people and ideas.

    If you want to positively impact the world by creating a company that solves real problems, join Antler and build a groundbreaking technology company by clicking the link below.

  • How do I apply and what does the application process look like if I apply as a solo Founder?

    Submitting your application

    Apply on Antler.co/apply using your LinkedIn account or CV.

    Short questionnaire

    We will send you a few questions to get to know you a bit better. 

    Validation Call

    To learn more about your skills and motivation we will schedule a 20 minutes call. Here we will confirm some details around your commitment and drive. Also, this is your chance to ask us any pressing questions you have. 

    Spike interview

    This interview is to deep dive into the skills you have showcased through your submission and any additional ones you may have. We will also want to hear what is driving you to start a business and the attributes you have to scale it.

    Partner interview

    An interview with an Antler Partner or Director to dig deeper into ideas you might have and test your ability to think on the spot and execution skills. Or, a deeper dive into your area of expertise and leadership potential.

    References

    We might request a reference check at the final stages. 

    Offer to join Antler

    Once we have made an offer, the next steps are simple. All that is left is for you to sign an Antler Founder Agreement before you can officially kick off your new entrepreneurial journey. Shortly after, we will send you a welcome package containing instructions on how to participate in our pre-program activities that are meant to prepare you for your first day as well as help you get to know the other founders in your cohort ahead of Day 1 of the program.

  • Should I apply as an existing business?

    We are interested in hearing from those who have built a team, are working on a specific idea and have or have not yet incorporated as a company. The business needs to be pre-investment - meaning you have not raised capital with an external investor. 

    Over the next five years, we’ll support over 10,000 entrepreneurs, build and invest in 1,000 companies that better the world and create over 100,000 new jobs. Our portfolio companies solve real problems, create sustainable value and make the world a better place.

    If your business aligns with these values and you want to be part of the world’s most qualified early-stage platform with an unparalleled network of entrepreneurial leaders, experienced founders and investors, join Antler and grow your groundbreaking technology company by clicking the link below.

  • What is the application process if I apply as an existing business?

    Apply as an existing business

    Apply on Antler.co/apply using your LinkedIn account or CV.

    Submit a pitch deck & optional short video

    After you click apply you will receive an email asking you to submit a company pitch deck and an optional short video (we suggest using Loom). The video should be kept to 3 minutes max and tell us a bit about yourself, your team and why you want to join Antler. We are looking to understand more about your skills, how they align to your business, what you have built to date, market sizing, current competition and the traction you have achieved. We are also keen to hear the value that you are looking to gain from Antler.

    Your pitch deck must include slides covering the following:

    • Company Purpose
    • Problem
    • Solution/Product
    • Why Now
    • Market Size
    • Validation/Traction
    • Business Model
    • Financials/Unit Economics
    • Competition
    • Team
    • Roadmap
    Antler review

    The team will review your submission focusing on the size of the opportunity you are addressing and your strength as a founding team. We will also review if Antler is best placed to support you in your future growth. If we require some additional information, we may reach out with a short questionnaire. 

    Partner interview

    After a successful review, all co-founders will interview with an Antler Partner to deep dive into the business, you as individuals and how you complement one another to form the foundations of a strong company. 

    References

    We may request a reference check at the final stages. 

    Offer to join Antler

    If everything checks out, we will send you an offer to join Antler.

  • Does Antler support Visa applications?

    If you require a Visa, only Antler Amsterdam and Antler Singapore can facilitate your Visa. 

    When can I apply for a Visa? You can apply once we have assessed your skills and you have been formally welcomed to join the cohort. 

    Does Antler cover the costs of my Visa application? Every applicant that requires a startup Visa will receive an additional EUR 1000 grant to pay for visa costs. 

    What will be my Visa status? We will help you apply for a startup Visa which is valid for 1 year. If you receive Antler’s investment and therefore still have a running business with Antler after the initial 1 year, you are eligible for an extension of your Visa.

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  • Program duration

    The Antler program runs for 6 months, the start-date for the fourth cohort will be May 2021

  • Who We Look For

    Our cohorts are made from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Globally, Antler only accepts the top 2% of applicants and typically our founders have an average of 10 years of professional work experience.

  • What You Get

    All selected founders get a one time grant of €2,000. Plus an additional €1,000 if you require a startup visa. We invest €100,000 for a 12% equity stake in each company selected by our investment committee. For all companies we select, €45,000 is used to cover the program fees, meaning you get €55,000 to begin building your dream company. Learn more by viewing our program details

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Antler acted as a platform that allowed me to combine the two things I am truly passionate about: Healthcare and business.

Mira Gleisberg

CEO/Co-founder, RespiQ

Amsterdam 2019

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