Build your next company with Antler in Lisbon

We are the world’s largest early-stage investment platform, enabling exceptional people to build the defining companies of tomorrow. We invest from the pre-seed stage and we continue to be a long-term partner as your company grows.

Antler is not just another Venture Capital fund

We are building the future of Venture Capital for the next generation of founders.

Through the Antler residency, we lower the barriers to entrepreneurship by helping you find the right co-founder, by providing you with coaching, perks and resources to help you test, validate, and scale your idea and by funding you from day one. We also help you raise further rounds by connecting you to our global network of investors.

As an Antler portfolio startup you become part of our global community where you will access our portfolio job boards and resource library, sign up to events, share learnings and get support from other founders, advisors and the Antler team.

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We know that diverse teams perform better than homogenous ones

Equal access to funding and opportunities is at the core of what we do. We strive to bring together founders from diverse backgrounds, gender and ethnicities to create the strongest co-founding teams possible. This is just the start of our journey and we are working on continuously improving our numbers.

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Join the next Lisbon residency starting on January 9th, 2023 

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  • Residency details & duration

    Our next in-person residency will start on Jan 9th, 2023 and is structured in two phases:

    Phase 1 runs for ~2.5 months and is focused on venture development and testing a startup hypothesis. Here we surround you with everything you need to build at lightning speed: a community of diverse founders so that you can find the right co-founder, coaching from our team of proven founders and advisors, perks from hundreds of partners and a global network. At the end of this phase, your team will pitch to our investment committee. Successful teams will receive pre-seed funding from Antler and move to Phase 2.

    Phase 2 runs for ~3.5 months, where you will receive personalised coaching from our partners and global network of advisors to help you scale and hire your core team. It culminates with Demo Day, where you will get the opportunity to pitch to local and international investors.

  • Who we look for

    Our founders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. We accept applications from individuals and teams.

  • What you get

    Grant of €2,000 gross per founder for Phase 1, paid in two monthly instalments.

    The opportunity to pitch to Antler Iberia's investment committee, that will invest at the following terms: €120,000 investment for a fully diluted 10% equity stake. €80,000 will be received by the company and the remaining €40,000 will be deducted to cover the costs of the residency/cohort. If you don't get an investment from Antler, we do not charge any fee nor take any equity.

    Learn more about what you will get here.

Antler Lisbon FAQs

    • Why should I apply to Antler Lisbon?

      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 23 locations across 6 continents. Since late 2017 we have invested in over 500 companies. Our global footprint provides the unique ability for the businesses we invest in to access international startup ecosystems for quicker scaling, due diligence and problem-solving, and provides unparalleled access to the world’s fastest growing community of founders of early-stage startups.

      Antler helps you meet potential co-founder(s), form a team or add to your existing team. Working with Antler will also help you to test and validate the problem you have identified, enable you to build a technology startup to solve it, and then invest in it. Additionally, Antler helps to de-risk common pinch points throughout the business building and scaling journey with dedicated coaching, practical workshops, and, of course, insightful and helpful resources.

    • Who should apply and what does Antler look for in founders?

      We're looking for hungry, driven, gritty founders who are beginning the journey of starting a new venture that can change the world. Maybe you've just started building, but haven't yet raised capital; or maybe you've got an idea and are thinking about getting started, but haven't quite made the leap. Either way, if you're in the earliest days of launching a startup, Antler is the right place for you to bring your idea to life.

      We accept applications from individuals and teams:

      — You are a solo founder, looking to find a co-founder and to validate your idea. You are at the stage where you’re ready to give it everything you’ve got. You want to test a number of promising ideas, be part of a supportive environment to iron out what to build, and what market to go after. When you join Antler, you join a community of founders, get support from a global platform of experts and resources, and receive investments to scale your ideas and businesses. We invest from the pre-seed stage and we continue to be a long-term partner as your company grows.

      — You may already have a team and have already started your business, but you did not yet raise funding. Join forces with Antler to fast track your startup by getting support tailored to your stage of the journey. You’ll join our fast-growing founder community and have the opportunity to receive an investment from Antler.

      If you want to positively impact the world by creating a company that solves real problems, join Antler and build a ground-breaking technology company by applying on Antler.co/apply.

    • What if I already have a product or I’ve already been working on my startup for a while?

      We accept founders and teams who have already launched their product.

    • What if I already raised friends and family, or angel money?

      Finding your first backers is a great achievement. We accept founders who have raised non-institutional capital, but ideally, we would like to be your first institutional VC cheque.

    • What sectors qualify for Antler?

      We are industry agnostic and invest across all technology sectors.

    • How is the Antler residency structured?

      We deliver an in-person residency structured in two phases.

      Phase 1 runs for ~2.5 months and is focused on venture development. We strive to select and bring together a diverse group of exceptional people - from engineers to experienced business operators and serial entrepreneurs - so that you can find the right co-founder. The right founding team is what sets successful businesses apart from those that fail. 

      Besides finding a co-founder, the Antler team will provide guidance and coaching as you work to identify areas of opportunity, iterate on your ideas, conduct customer discovery and research, beta test as quickly as possible, and build your product roadmap and GTM strategy. During this time, we'll also organise meetings, social sessions, office hours, and speaker series with industry experts, coaches and Antler advisors. Most importantly you'll be surrounded by hand selected founders to work beside, brainstorming ideas, testing assumptions, sharing expertise and building close bonds.

      At the end of this phase, your team will pitch to our investment committee. Successful teams will receive pre-seed funding from Antler and move to Phase 2.

      Phase 2 runs for ~3.5 months and founders get more done than what is possible on their own. We guide you through the process of incorporation, founder agreements, go to market, and more, so you can focus on building your business. We work with you to prepare your fundraising strategy and growth roadmap. This phase culminates with Demo Day, where you will get the opportunity to pitch to local and international investors.

      As an Antler startup, you will remain a member of our global community where you will meet other founders from around the world and access our portfolio job boards, sign up to events, access our resource library, share learnings and get support from other founders, advisors and the Antler team.

    • Is the residency done remotely or in person? 

      We work with founders in person. We believe in the magic and serendipity of working together in person. If you already have a team, you all need to be in person.

    • Do I need to be full time?

      Yes. Building a new venture is a full time job and we only want to work with founders who are fully committed to the process. If you already have a team, you all need to be full time.

    • Do I need a Visa to join Antler Lisbon?

      Yes. Antler Lisbon doesn’t sponsor visas. Founders will need to have a work permit (i.e. not a tourist visa) for Portugal in order to qualify.

    • Does Antler Lisbon offer a grant to founders?

      Yes. There is a grant of €2,000 gross per founder for Phase 1, paid in two monthly instalments.

      The founder is responsible for any taxes and any other amounts payable in respect of your receipt of the grants.

    • What are Antler Lisbon's investment terms?

      Antler Lisbon will invest at the following terms: €120,000 investment for a fully diluted 10% equity stake. €80,000 will be received by the company and the remaining €40,000 will be deducted to cover the costs of the residency/cohort. If you don't get an investment from Antler, we do not charge any fee nor take any equity.

    • What is the application process?

      The application process is as below:

      Step One: apply on Antler.co/apply using your LinkedIn account or CV. We will send you a few questions to get to know you a bit better. If you wish to complete the application later, click the button 'SEND ME AN EMAIL. I WANT TO COMPLETE LATER'. You will receive a link to the rest of the application in your email.

      Step Two: intro interview*. You will hear back from us shortly after you've submitted your online application on whether or not you qualify for the first-round interview. In the first round interview, we will focus on getting to know you, getting a better understanding of your background, and figuring out if our residency would be an ideal fit for you, together. In case you have an idea and/or team, we will dig deeper into your idea/startup, team, and motivations.

      Step Three: detailed interview*. You will hear back from us after your first-round interview on whether or not you qualify for our detailed interview. 

      Step Four: partner interview*. You will hear back from us after your detailed interview on whether or not you qualify for our partner interview. 

      Step Five: offer decision. You will be notified of the offer decision. If successful, 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-residency activities to prepare you for your first day, as well as help you get to know the other founders in your residency ahead of Day 1.

      *All of our interviews are done online.

    • What if I already have a co-founder(s), do they also need to apply?

      Yes. When you fill up your application, you have to select the co-founder option where you will have to provide your co-founder details. We will reach out to them with a link to complete their part of the application. All team members will be interviewed individually and have to participate in the residency full time.

    • Are the interviews done in person or online?

      All of our founder interviews are done online.

    • What can I expect of Antler and what does Antler expect of me?

      We offer founders the opportunity to meet a co-founder, to get hands-on coaching, access to a network of industry experts and advisors, access to capital, a great co-working space and access to helpful tools and resources. 

      But the real work has to be done by you. 

      This means that we expect you to sit in the driver's seat, to come up with ideas, to show us the research you have done, the customers you have spoken with, the signed LOI’s you obtained. Your expectations may be high, but so are ours. We set ambitious goals and expect you to deliver. 

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    It’s a great time to become an entrepreneur, especially with programs like Antler. They put the whole infrastructure in place, whether it’s capital, co-founders or mentors. It really helps you to de-risk.

    Maria Wlosinska

    Entrepreneur at Antler

    London 2019

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