The people who drive progress: Antler founders in 2023
Antler's global community grew larger, stronger, and more impactful this year, now including 8,000 founders, 800 advisors, and 249 Antler team members in 27 offices worldwide. Here's how we moved the world forward together in 2023.
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December 22, 2023
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Antler’s global community grew larger, stronger, and more impactful in 2023, now including 8,000 founders who completed Antler’s residencies, selected from 280,000 applicants.
This year we expanded to 27 offices across six continents, opening our doors in Malaysia, MENAP (Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan), and Finland. We ran 47 founder residencies, our most in a single year, with a record number of applicants—putting us on track to hit 120K applications by the end of this year. Our Antler team members collectively spent 200,000+ hours with founding teams before making our first investments. And we dialed up our resources and support for our invested founders—from fundraising tools to leading operator advice to talent sourcing—helping our portfolio companies go further, faster.
As the world’s day zero investor, we are honored to support founders representing 142 nationalities, including 1,900 women founders and 41% who identify with one or more underrepresented communities.
How can the world tackle the increasingly complex problems of our time? With a new global infrastructure backing the most driven founders. Listen to Antler founder and CEO Magnus Grimeland discuss this—and why we're building Antler—on the Capital Allocators podcast.
Antler is charting a new course for innovation by expanding our presence in Australia. We are launching in Queensland and partnering with the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).
Supported by the Queensland Government's Queensland Venture Capital Development Fund (QVCDF), the partnership is poised to transform the state's innovation sector. With a focus on bridging the early-stage funding gap, Antler and QIC are committed to attracting and nurturing the nation's top talent, driving forward Queensland's position on the global innovation stage.
As Jeff Bezos once said: “What’s dangerous is to not evolve.” While most business leaders understand that stagnation is fatal, for a host of reasons established companies often struggle to innovate—purposefully and powerfully.
Antler’s Business Development and Collaborations Group helps global corporates drive innovation excellence through high value-generating collaborations with Antler’s 1,000+ (and growing) global startup portfolio. In our collaboration with Investa, a leading Australian real estate investment manager and developer, we are connecting them to our global community of founders and the cutting-edge solutions they are building.
Read more about the powerful outcomes that happen when ambitious startups and industry leaders come together.
What will innovation look like as we move deeper into 2024? What are the biggest industry trends that will define the coming year?
We asked our global network of Antler Operators—founders, sector leaders, CxOs, and VPs from companies including Roblox, Airtable, Shopify, Spotify, Affirm, DoorDash, Uber, Hubspot, and more, who offer 1:1 advice to Antler portfolio companies, giving them extra firepower to help fast-track their growth.
Antler's third annual ESG and Impact Report discusses our commitment to sustainability as a strategic principle that's fundamental to the success of our firm, our portfolio companies, and broader society.
A brand new year, teeming with possibility. What can founders building from day zero expect in 2024? Antler partners share their on-the-ground expectations for the coming year, including sector trends, big shifts in VC, and the biggest headwinds and tailwinds affecting founders around the world.