Learn to launch a startup Online

Antler Academy is a free online platform for new entrepreneurs. Unlock step-by-step playbooks and templates used by real founders who've launched venture-backed startups.

We've codified startup launching into a simple, repeatable process that anyone can follow

Antler Academy distills the collective wisdom of startup founders to guide you through the chaos of launching a startup. Our curriculum and community help you to methodically navigate the startup terrain and demystifies the fundraising process. Stand on the shoulders of giants and learn from the best.


We've worked with founders to co-create  the most comprehensive, actionable startup playbooks on the internet. You no longer have to wade through irrelevant resources and wonder where they fit. Antler playbooks are VC-verified and sequentially ordered to take you zero to one, fast!

Interactive Tools and Templates

Antler Academy resources are supported by interactive tools and templates so you can build your pitch decks, landing pages and business models with complete confidence. Translate what you've learned into real products and investment materials which hold up in theory and practice!

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Crowd-sourced support for every step of the journey. Leverage the collective intelligence of our community to validate your idea, optimise your product and hack your growth strategy. With Antler Academy, you're never building alone.

We've taught employees from the world's top companies

Shani Cohen


Shani is skilled in strategy, planning, large scale execution and strategic Operations with a strong focus on delivering bottom line results. Now, he is the Co-founder and CEO of UpMarket, an Antler backed virtual concierge platform connecting vacation rental guests, property managers and local businesses.

Pooya Mamaghani

Genuine Taste

When you think about Antler, you should think of more than a fund to start your business or a three months accelerator program. Antler is an affiliation that translates to professional, continuous, and dedicated support, mentorship, and connection to a global network of world-class entrepreneurs for the lifespan of your company.

Tanika McLeod


Antler has played such a huge role in our growth. The team at Antler Canada believed in us at a time when all we had was the vision. They treated us like people first - that’s why we joined. They believed in our ability to figure things out as we go. They helped to give us the confidence to continue on our journey despite the barriers certainly we’d encounter. THAT’S what early-stage investment should look like. And that’s why Antler is among the best early-stage accelerators & VC funds in the world.

Eli Costea


I knew I wanted to build my own start-up for a few years and I was waiting for the right opportunity to jump in. Antler’s structured program and network of potential founders seemed like the perfect fit for someone like myself who was building their first company.

The program exceeded my expectations in all regards! Starting off with the high-caliber peers and the network and introductions that the partners made.

Coming in I had 2 goals: finding the right co-founder and securing funding and I was able to accomplish both.

My favorite highlight from Antler was the community that we build with our cohort, it was not uncommon for us to go for drinks after the end of the day.

I would recommend the program to anyone who is fully committed to build a start-up and is willing to take on the challenge. Building a company is not easy but Antler makes a bit easier.

The only way
to win is to start

Antler Academy breaks the complex, overwhelming task of starting a company into small, manageable tasks, so you can start today.

Antler's 9 Step Playbook For Raising Pre-seed Investment

We've opened up our exclusive playbook for landing pre-seed investment. Follow these battled-tested steps to get pre-seed ready.

  • Before You Launch Your Startup
  • Team Formation
  • Defining the Problem
  • Validating your Solution
  • Assessing the Market
  • Crafting a Compelling Vision
  • Developing your business plan
  • Creating a Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Pitching For Investment

Becoming a founder
is closer than you think

Antler Academy is here to fast-track your founder journey. And because it's backed by Antler, we'll be there to support you when you're ready to launch.


Who is this for?

If you’re looking to build a venture-backable startup, you’ve come to the right place. Antler Academy is an online learning platform, dedicated to empowering founders in their startup journey. Whether you’re midway building a product or starting from scratch, we’ve got the tools and resources to support you.

What does it cost?

Antler Academy is completely free. Forever.

Why is Antler Academy free?

Antler is an early-stage VC committed to helping exceptional people build incredible companies. If members of Antler Academy go on to build businesses, we want to be the first to back them. We currently have funds to support founders up to series C, and as our portfolio evolves, we aim to add later-stage funding, providing capital and resources to support you from pre-idea to IPO.

What is the time commitment?

Antler Academy is on-demand, meaning you can learn at your own pace. We recommend working through our nine step pre-seed playbook first. Once you've built this base of understanding, you can continuously access the academy whenever you need. Our ever growing library of content is here to help at every step of your journey.

How does it relate to Antler cohorts?

The purpose of the Antler Academy is to equip the world's brightest minds with the skills and confidence to solve wide-reaching problems. Once you're ready to take the leap, Antler will be there to back you. Our 3-6 month cohorts bring together highly ambitious people looking to make a difference. Meet your co-founder, access our global community and get funding to grow your idea.

Does it replace Antler programs?

Nothing can replace our Antler programs. An Antler program is like the academy on steroids. It's still the best path to supercharge your business.

Will it improve my chances of getting into Antler?

While being part of Antler Academy doesn't automatically improve your chances of being selected into Antler, growing your business certainly does. And since Antler Academy provides you with the tools to do this, you'll be well on track to succeed.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

We've democratized startup education so it's accessible to everyone. We don't know where the next great idea will come from or where the next super founders are. All we know is they need our help. Sign up from anywhere in the world. We already have 80+ countries and counting.