BUILD YOUR COMPANY WITH ANTLER IN THE HEART OF EUROPE

We are looking forward to welcoming founders to our joint Continental Europe residency running across Paris, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam.

Antler is a global early stage investor. We support outstanding individuals with or without idea, offering them an exclusive 3-month residence program. Throughout this program we provide unparalleled access for you to find potential co-founders, in-depth worldwide expertise, and financial support.

* For the September residency, French founders will need to relocate to Amsterdam, Berlin, or Munich. The next residency in Paris starts early 2025

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Who is Antler for? 

We select outstanding individuals - whether seasoned business executives, innovative technologists, serial entrepreneurs, or industry experts - who are fiercely ambitious, who possess an intense bias towards execution, and who are innately driven to change the world.  

We are entirely focused on the 0 to 1: the earliest stages of team and business building. You can come to us with just an idea - if you're truly ready to sprint forward and build, we'll work with you from day zero.

If you're looking to find a co-founder, validate your business idea, and launch a startup, the Antler Residency is for you.

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Overview of the program:

  • Start date: The next Continental Europe residency begins on September the 30th 2024. For French founders looking to start in September, join our CE locations (Amsterdam, Berlin or Munich). The next Paris Residency will begin early 2025 along with the other CE locations. Applications for the 2025 CE residency will open this fall.
  • Duration: 10-12 weeks of Residency
  • Location: Amsterdam, Munich and Berlin (September 2024 residency).
  • Language: Program is run in English
  • Cohort:  A handpicked group of 150 thoughtfully selected founders throughout Continental Europe
  • Funding Opportunity: High-performing teams can secure 150k of Pre-seed investment for a fully diluted 10% equity stake 
  • Intensive 3- month sprint focusing on product, go to market, fundraising and building a team

Structure: The in-person program is structured in three phases and runs full-time:

6 Weeks Pre-Residency
  • Social networking & community events
  • Kickstart early ideation sprints
  • Expert sessions on deep-tech topics
Weeks 1-2: Team building and ideation
  • Co-founder meeting and team building
  • Activities: Speed Networking, teamwork, design thinking workshops
  • Goal: Establish working relationships, initiate meaningful discussions
Weeks 3-9: Problem validation & Customer discovery
  • Work with selected co-founders, gain traction
  • Dedicated coach support during program
  • Shift to pitching mode: Present progress & plans
  • Get feedback from Antler team & fellow founders
  • Benefit from personalized guidance matched to your needs, delivered by our local network of advisors, each with a distinguished background and specialized expertise
  • Aim: Secure spot in Investment Committee for decision-making.
  • Benefit from personalized guidance matched to your needs, delivered by our local network of advisors, each with a distinguished background and specialized expertise
Weeks 10-12: Traction & Fundraising
  • Emphasis on traction and product
  • Craft compelling narrative
  • Pitch to Investment Committee: Antler and external VC partners
  • Benefit from personalized coaching, provided by our expansive global network of over 600 advisors from all Antler locations worldwide, accessible through our dedicated platform
Weeks 12-24: Product, Go to Market, and Fundraising
  • Only available for teams passing the Investment Committee
  • Intensive 3- month sprint focusing on product, go to market, fundraising and building a team
  • Benefit from personalized coaching, provided by our expansive global network of over 600 advisors from all Antler locations worldwide, accessible through our dedicated platform
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Funding

  • At the end of the program, your team will pitch to our Investment Committee for a pre-seed funding from Antler at the following terms: €150,000 investment for a fully diluted 10% equity stake. From this, €45,000 will be deducted to cover program costs. If you don’t  secure Antler’s investment, no fees or equity will be involved.

What happens after investment?

  • During the 12-week residency, your team created a strong bond with Antler. In the ensuing weeks, we'll work closely to refine your product, sales, and fundraising plans. Our partners and worldwide network will provide tailored guidance to help you build your core team and develop effective go-to-market and fundraising strategies.

Continued Benefits as you Grow

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

Antler startups are moving the world forward

As one of the most active investors globally, Antler is backing game-changing companies.

10+

Average work experience of founders working with Antler

$4.7B+

Combined portfolio value across Antler

1,100+

Startups founded around the world

30%

Startups with at least one woman co-founder

Application process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Application

Apply on apply.antler.co using your LinkedIn account or CV and fill out a short questionnaire.

Drive interview

Introduce yourself through a first call where we get to know you. We are looking to get a better understanding of your background and explore if our program would create value for you. In case you have an idea and/or team, we will focus on digging deeper into your project, team, and motivation.

Partner interview

You will hear back from us after your first-round interview on whether or not you qualify for our partner interview. The partner interview is the opportunity to showcase your business or tech acumen.

Offer to join Antler

Once we have made an offer, the next steps are simple. You’ll sign an Antler Founder Agreement and shortly after we will send you a welcome package and start onboarding you to the cohort.

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Application process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Application

Apply on apply.antler.co using your LinkedIn account or CV and fill out a short questionnaire.

Drive interview

Introduce yourself through a first call where we get to know you. We are looking to get a better understanding of your background and explore if our program would create value for you. In case you have an idea and/or team, we will focus on digging deeper into your project, team, and motivation.

Partner interview

You will hear back from us after your first-round interview on whether or not you qualify for our partner interview. The partner interview is the opportunity to showcase your business or tech acumen.

Offer to join Antler

Once we have made an offer, the next steps are simple. You’ll sign an Antler Founder Agreement and shortly after we will send you a welcome package and start onboarding you to the cohort.

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Application process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Application

Apply on apply.antler.co using your LinkedIn account or CV and fill out a short questionnaire.

Drive interview

Introduce yourself through a first call where we get to know you. We are looking to get a better understanding of your background and explore if our program would create value for you. In case you have an idea and/or team, we will focus on digging deeper into your project, team, and motivation.

Partner interview

You will hear back from us after your first-round interview on whether or not you qualify for our partner interview. The partner interview is the opportunity to showcase your business or tech acumen.

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Founder testimonials

Don't just take it from us. Hear from phenomenal people who joined Antler in France to launch their company.

Amel

Forelight.ai (Ween.ai)

At Antler, we entered a continuous feedback loop that elevated our skills in refining our vision and how we pitch it. Finding our CSO, Achraf, was a game changer for Ween.ai bringing onboard a PhD in AI with an entrepreneurial mindset that truly transformed our approach.

Ahmet

Joining Antler was a transformative experience for me. I had the opportunity to meet incredible co-founders, which I believe is the most vital aspect of launching a successful project. The connections and insights gained through Antler have been invaluable in setting the foundation for my company. I am truly grateful for the experience and highly recommend it to anyone looking to build a strong co-founder team.

Léa and Fah Yik

Tango

Antler's support was valued during the program and remains so today. Their guidance was not only crucial in the early stages of our venture, but it continues to be a strong support in our ongoing development.

Shahtaj

Krispy

We are very grateful to Antler for expanding our network and propelling us toward success. We wouldn't be where we are today without their unwavering support and encouragement.

Raphael

Muchbetter.ai

Antler provided me with a unique opportunity to meet a co-founder whom I would have never encountered otherwise. Our differences in age and expertise have become our greatest strength. Additionally, through Antler, I have connected with a network of entrepreneurs, many of whom have become very close friends. This community has been invaluable, offering a circle of peers I can turn to when I need advice or just someone who truly understands the journey I'm on.

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Our team

Meet the people dedicated to our founders’ success here in France

Antoine Poirson
Partner

Antoine is a partner at Antler France. He was previously a partner at Antler's London office. Antoine was also the cofounder, chairman and COO of StanPlus Tech, a VC backed startup leading the change in the Indian medical transportation market. Before his MBA at INSEAD, Antoine spent 8 years at Areva, the World Nuclear Energy leader and a growing OEM in Renewable Energy.

Jamie Wong
Partner

Jamie is a Partner at Antler France. She is a former entrepreneur, having built the startup Vyable in the US and a social entrepreneurship start-up studio. She moved on to the investment side four years ago, as a Founding and Managing Partner at Narrative Fund, and as a Venture Partner at EF.

Marie Tricot
Capital Director

Marie is our Capital Director. She was previously Managing Director of the AIFM management company October Factory, a wholly owned entity of the October Group, a leading European alternative SME lender.

Maren Janas
Program Manager

Maren manages the program and coaches the cohorts at Antler France. Previously she build corporate ventures and accelerators at Deloitte in Germany. She holds a Master's Degree in CEMS/International Management attending WU Vienna & HEC Paris.

Gaultier Brun
Investment Associate

Gaultier is an Investment Associate at Antler France. He was previously with GFC in Berlin focusing on Eastern Europe. He also had experiences in tech startups such as Convelio & sunday. He holds a double Master's degree from EDHEC Business School.

Sophie Fernandez
Outreach & Operations Associate

Sophie is the Operations & Outreach Associate at Antler in France, responsible for increasing visibility and sourcing top founders. Previously, she was a Digital Transformation consultant at McKinsey and developed her marketing strategy expertise at Société Générale and EY. She holds a degree in Digital Strategy and Business from ESSEC and ESCP Business School.

Elisabeth Guitine
Finance Associate

Elisabeth is the Finance Associate at Antler in France. She oversees all matters linked to the funds and finance function. She previously worked as a Head of Finance for a french food tech company and coupled her expertise by exercising the role of a VC analyst in a french impact fund.

Raphael Charpenet
Investment Analyst

Raphaël is an Investment Analyst at Antler France. Graduated from ESSEC Business School with a specialization in Urban Economy, he previously worked with the French early-stage VC fund Axeleo Capital (AXC) focused on Smart Cities topics. He also has Real Estate and Strategy Consulting experiences at Klépierre and E-Cube Strategy Consultants.

Gabrielle Precetti
Visiting Investment Associate

Gabrielle is a Visiting Investment Associate at Antler France. She has experience with innovation and industrial programs in the French defence sector, as well as with business development in Benelux. She graduated from McGill University and PSL.

Gaultier Brun
Investment Associate

Gaultier is an Investment Associate at Antler France. He was previously with GFC in Berlin focusing on Eastern Europe. He also had experiences in tech startups such as Convelio & sunday. He holds a double Master's degree from EDHEC Business School.

Lorenzo Puzzangara
Head of Finance

Lorenzo is Finance lead at Antler’s French office, where he oversees all matters linked to the funds and finance function. Prior to Antler, he was with a Geneva-based multi-family office managing EUR 2.4B AUM. He also spent 4 years as COO of a fintech start-up operating in Europe and Israel.

Thomas Clamagirand
Portfolio & Investment Director

Thomas is our Portfolio & Investment Manager at Antler France. He is a former founder, having built the very successful consumer app Baby Sittor. Since then, he's been involved in the tech ecosystem through the French public investment arm BPI France, and as an Operating Partner & Product Manager.

Maren Janas
Program Manager

Maren manages the program and coaches the cohorts at Antler France. Previously she build corporate ventures and accelerators at Deloitte in Germany. She holds a Master's Degree in CEMS/International Management attending WU Vienna & HEC Paris.

Euryale Chatelard
Program & Investment Director

Euryale is our Program & Investment Director at Antler France. She has a long entrepreneurial track record. After an early career in finance, she founded THEM in China, acquired by Altima where she stayed on post acquisition to build Altima Russia up until exiting the business to Accenture Interactive. She then created Trianon Startups, and organization that fostered tech & startup collaboration between France & Russia. She holds a MSc in economics from Dauphine University in Paris.

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Antoine Poirson
Partner

Antoine is a partner at Antler France. He was previously a partner at Antler's London office. Antoine was also the cofounder, chairman and COO of StanPlus Tech, a VC backed startup leading the change in the Indian medical transportation market. Before his MBA at INSEAD, Antoine spent 8 years at Areva, the World Nuclear Energy leader and a growing OEM in Renewable Energy.

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FAQs

Is it necessary to register my company in France ?

To operate legally within the European Union, you must first register your company in an EU member state. If you initially register in France or any other EU country, and later decide to expand to additional countries, we can assist you. Through our extensive network of Antler branches across the world, we provide you with valuable connections and support to help your business grow internationally.

What’s the acceptance rate into the program?

Our program is selective, with a global acceptance rate of approximately 2%. This rate is based on past statistics and may fluctuate depending on the specific cohort. Each cohort typically includes between 50 to 70 founders, chosen for their potential and alignment with our goals. We maintain this selectivity to ensure a community of peers who are highly motivated and capable of driving impactful innovations. We encourage all aspiring entrepreneurs who feel they can contribute significantly to apply, as each application is given thorough consideration.

Do we support with accommodation ?

While our program does not provide direct assistance in finding an apartment, we offer valuable insights and tips to help you find suitable accommodation. Our goal is to make your transition as smooth as possible by sharing resources and guidance based on our experience and local knowledge.

Who typically joins Antler, and what profiles do you look for?
  • At Antler, we pride ourselves on the diversity of our participants. While we see a variety of profiles, our aim is to curate a cohort of complementary talents and backgrounds. Our typical participants include:
    • Serial entrepreneurs who have navigated the startup journey multiple times.
    • Business operators and managers from startups, scaleups, or innovative corporations, bringing hands-on experience in growing businesses.
    • Technologists, including full-stack developers, backend and frontend specialists, and AI/ML engineers, who are at the cutting edge of their field.
    • Domain experts, such as PhDs, researchers, or industry veterans (+10 years), who possess deep knowledge in a specific area.

Although our founders commonly have around 10 years of experience, we believe that age is merely a number. What truly matters to us is the resilience and drive you've demonstrated throughout your experiences. We're looking for individuals who've shown an exceptional capacity to persevere and excel, regardless of the years they've spent in their field. If you bring passion, expertise, and a readiness to tackle challenges, you're the kind of candidate we're excited to welcome into the Antler community.

What's the likelihood of meeting a co-founder or receiving investment from Antler?

At Antler, we don't set quotas for the number of teams we invest in; our focus is on the quality and potential of the teams that emerge. On average, in our most recent cohort, we invested in 30% of the founders (Antoine’s stat ). However, it's important to note that this figure isn't set in stone—it varies with each cohort, reflecting our commitment to invest in exceptional teams as they form. Our primary goal is to foster connections, helping you find the perfect co-founder among our talented pool of individuals. While the ratio of founders who meet their co-founder or receive investment from us can fluctuate, our dedication to supporting groundbreaking teams remains constant.

Do I need a visa to join Antler France?

Yes. Antler France does not sponsor visas. Founders will need to have a work permit (i.e., not a tourist visa) for France in order to qualify.

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