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 are the world’s largest early-stage investment platform, present in twelve locations across 6 continents. Since late 2017 we have invested in over 200 companies.

    Every year, 50,000 founders across the world apply to our programs globally - people from diverse careers such as serial entrepreneurs, engineers, product builders, subject matter pro's and PhD's.

    Because of this, we have to be extremely selective. We work with the top 2% out of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs every year. The founders we select have on average 10 years’ work experience and come with deep functional or industry specific expertise. We’re aiming to democratize 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 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-minute call. Here we will confirm some details around your commitment and drive. This is your chance to ask us any pressing questions you may have. 

    Spike interview

    This interview is to deep dive into the skills you showcased through your submission and any additional expertise 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.


    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 entrepreneurial journey. Shortly after, we will send you a welcome package containing instructions on how to participate in our pre-program activities 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.

  • 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, and our next cohort will start in Spring 2022

  • 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

    Founders who require a startup visa receive a €2,000 grant. 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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