How to get selected to join Antler
Committing to founding a company is one of the most exciting things that could happen in life. At Antler, we believe in the potential of harnessing the right talents and empowering them with the right tools and know-how to make an impactful change in the world. Here is what you need to know on how to join our next cohort.
Who is an ideal Antler founder?
There are three main traits we look for in our founders throughout the hiring process. We believe these provide a good foundation when building a fast-growing company.
We are looking for people who will run to the ends of the world to achieve their vision. Daredevils and creative thinkers who are able to circumvent multiple barriers to entry and any challenges that a typical startup would face. Great founders didn't build great companies without overcoming huge challenges - we are looking for this drive and tenacity when interviewing our potential founders. The ability to set ambitious goals and work relentlessly to reach them is another important dimension in our assessment. The startup journey is an arduous journey, and failure is common. Your resilience and ability to fail, learn and bounce back is a key determinant of success. Adapt and pivot, but don't give up!
We believe that successful entrepreneurs are analytical and creative thinkers who have the ability to identify problems that affect millions of people around them. Furthermore, they have a unique and creative way to approach these problems. Successful startups solve a significant problem in a new, innovative way, and are able to positively impact the world around them.
A clear spike
We look for individuals with a clear spike or deep expertise in their fields of work, be it in research or in a specific industry. You are someone who is recognised as a thought leader by peers and considered a subject matter expert. Domain expertise is important for us as it shows us that you have the passion to carry out something you love, and that you have a unique skills that enable you to do so.
Read more about what it takes to be a great founder.
How to join Antler
Start creating a big impact
If you think Antler is something for you, begin your journey with us. Applications are now open for our next cohort of founders out of London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Singapore, Nairobi, New York City, Oslo, and Stockholm. We look forward to helping you embark on the next, exciting phase of your life.
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