Build your company with Antler in the heart of Europe

Antler backs the world’s most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. In our vibrant tech hubs we bring together exceptional founders from all backgrounds to build companies that move the world forward.

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

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  • Funding for your startup in just 5 weeks
  • Get your first cheque from a global VC

Who is Antler for?

We’re looking for experienced business operators, technologists, or serial entrepreneurs who can motivate themselves and others to join their mission to build a game-changing business. Whether you’re an individual or a team at the early stages of a startup journey, we are here to help as a partner obsessed with your success.

Join us in Amsterdam, Berlin, or Munich. The next cohort starts September 30, 2024. You get 3 months of free office space after the conclusion of the residency. Antler will continue supporting you and your venture even after.

Individuals

Antler welcomes applications from founders at the very beginning of their startup journey — this can range from pre-idea to a running company with initial traction.

Residency for individual founders extends over 11 weeks. We support individual founders through a network of hand-selected peers (and potential co-founders), idea validation, dedicated expert sparring sessions, access to the world’s largest-growing community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and a clear pathway to a first cheque (€100k for 10%).

Teams

Completed teams with an idea at hand are also welcome to join Antler residency. Teams are generally at the stage of validating their idea, building the early product, or having gained initial traction. Here we also stay very close to the team and provide for example dedicated expert sparring sessions, industry connections, and a strong global network of VCs and angels to access funding at the right time. This residency runs in parallel to the one with individual founders but is a bit shorter with a potential Investment Committee meeting already in Week 7 (€100k for 10%).

What to expect when you join

From day one, we provide access to an unrivaled set of co-founders, strong ecosystem, network and expertise to support exceptional founders building what will define tomorrow. Having invested in hundreds of companies and worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, we know what works and what doesn't. This helps us better support our founders and help maximize their chances of success.

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Formation and validation

We start with venture development and testing your startup hypotheses. You will be surrounded 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, and perks from partners and a global network.

Building and pitching

Start talking to customers, develop your MVP, refine your business model, and develop your go-to-market strategy. You will get the opportunity to pitch your startup to Antler’s Investment Committee. If successful, Antler will invest €100,000 for an 10% equity stake.

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Scaling and Fundraising

You will join the Antler portfolio and receive continued support and access to a global capital pathway. When you are ready to raise your next round, Antler will host a Portfolio Reveal where you will showcase your startup to top investors in the region.

Take a look at the exceptional companies we have supported

Antler is the most active day-zero investor in the world with a strong European footprint

>300

Portfolio companies in Europe

10+

Average years of work experience of founders working with Antler

70%

Third-party capital raised by Antler’s Netherlands portfolio

~40%

Portfolio companies have at least one female 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.

Apply

Apply at antler.co/apply. In the application you will be asked to share a LinkedIn profile or CV, and answer questions about you.

First interview

Introduce yourself through a first call with our Investment Team where we get to know you, get a better understanding of your background and figure out if our cohort would be an ideal fit for you, together.

Second Interview and Reference Check

This second meeting is with one of our Partners and the goal is to better understand how you approach problems and handle challenges. In parallel we will also do a Reference Check.

Third Interview for Technical Co-Founders

Technical Co-Founders applying to Berlin or Munich will have a final technology-focused interview to demonstrate their abilities in the field.

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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.

Apply

Apply at antler.co/apply. In the application you will be asked to share a LinkedIn profile or CV, and answer questions about you.

First interview

Introduce yourself through a first call with our Investment Team where we get to know you, get a better understanding of your background and figure out if our cohort would be an ideal fit for you, together.

Second Interview and Reference Check

This second meeting is with one of our Partners and the goal is to better understand how you approach problems and handle challenges. In parallel we will also do a Reference Check.

Third Interview for Technical Co-Founders

Technical Co-Founders applying to Berlin or Munich will have a final technology-focused interview to demonstrate their abilities in the field.

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 containing instructions on how to participate in our pre-cohort activities to prepare you for your first day, as well as help you get to know the other founders in your cohort ahead of Day 1.

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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.

Apply

Apply at antler.co/apply. In the application you will be asked to share a LinkedIn profile or CV, and answer questions about you.

First interview

Introduce yourself through a first call with our Investment Team where we get to know you, get a better understanding of your background and figure out if our cohort would be an ideal fit for you, together.

Second Interview and Reference Check

This second meeting is with one of our Partners and the goal is to better understand how you approach problems and handle challenges. In parallel we will also do a Reference Check.

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Founder testimonials

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

Mira Gleisberg

RespiQ

Antler acted as a platform that allowed me to combine the two things I am truly passionate about: Healthcare and business.

Valentin Kassarnig

SoSha

Many decisions are made in uncertainty that define the outcome of your company. Antler gives me the support needed to make those decisions.

Julia Wadehn

Novo

All of the positive expectations that I had regarding Antler became true. I love the hands-on approach of the Antler team, directly helping you tackle the problems you identify, rather than focusing just on theory. It feels that the team is with us on the entire journey from 0 to 1.

Misha Bragin

netbird

Each individual I meet, I understand why they are in the cohort. Being surrounded by these founders, and the support that is given from the Antler team from day one makes it much easier to move forward. They're here with you. They want you to succeed and they do everything in their power to do for you and your company to succeed.

The best time to launch was 10 years ago. The second best time is today.

There has never been a better time to start a business. The barrier to entry is lower than ever, and the dynamic economy provides endless opportunities to the spirited entrepreneur. Join Antler and get started.

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Our Team

Meet the Antler team

Justine Janssen
Investment Manager

Justine brings a combination of medical expertise, educational innovation, and entrepreneurial experience to her role at Antler. With an MD from Ghent University and a Master's in Education from Harvard, Justine loves identifying and nurturing high-potential healthcare startups in particular. Her background as a McKinsey consultant further enhances her ability to support founders in realising their vision, driving forward Antler’s mission to invest in exceptional founders from zero to greatness.

Job Wever
Investment Analyst

Job’s career unfolded through internships at ASML, Kempen, and Torqx Capital Partners. He holds a double Master’s degree in Applied Physics and Management Engineering (cum laude) from TU Delft, with an honours term in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford. During this term, he played a pivotal role in the inception of an AI startup in Silicon Valley. In addition to giving several guest lectures on AI, his curiosity regularly leads him digging into all sorts of domains, from deep tech to B2B SaaS to consumer.

Catarina Rocha
Finance Manager

Catarina is our finance expert. Previously she has worked at KPMG and Deloitte.

Stefanie Mulder
Visiting Investment Analyst
Antler in the Netherlands

Antler is driving growth across the Dutch and Benelux tech ecosystem. As one of the most active investors in the region, Antler is supporting a new generation of Benelux tech entrepreneurs.

Valentin Kassarnig
Co-founder & CTO
Mira Gleisberg
Co-founder & CEO
Vlad Mazur
Founder
Israel Omidosu
Co-founder
Julia Ehrnrooth
Senior Marketing Associate

Julia is our marketing and communications expert with special interest in building startup brands. She has a background in events management and design, and has prevously worked as a Marketing Manager at Voima Ventures in Finland. She has a MSc in International Design Business Management from Aalto Univeristy and has also done some studies in programming and psychology. At Antler, she spearheads the local content as well as events strategy and supports our portfolio firms in various marketing related tasks.

Saskia van den Ende
Associate Partner

Saskia started her career at BCG in Recruitment, and Egon Zehnder (Executive Search), after which she joined UBER and helped scale their Eats & Rides businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Her most recent role has been with OYO, a Softbank-backed hospitality company, where she helped launch their European business from scratch. At Antler, Saskia has an integral role in scouting founders both for the Amsterdam team but also supporting teams throughout Europe.

Rosa Jung
Senior Program Manager

Rosa is the Program Manager for Antler’s Amsterdam office. She has built up five years’ worth of supply chain and operations experience, within both corporate as well as start up sectors of logistics and F&B. Born in South Korea but since having lived in France, China, UK and currently the Netherlands, she holds a masters degree in management from Imperial College Business School.

Ronald Jan Schuurs
Partner

Ronald Jan is an experienced operator, entrepreneur and investor, with expertise in a.o. e-commerce, fintech and healthtech. He has spent over a decade with various C-level roles in tech startups including Rocket Internet and Delivery Hero. Previously he has been a strategy consultant at Booz & Co and an investment banker at ABN Amro. INSEAD educated.

Marijn Settels
Senior Investment Manager

Marijn is Investment Manager at the Antler Amsterdam office. Previously, she worked at FMO – the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, ING / ING Ventures and Deloitte. At Deloitte, she focused on connecting technology startups with investors for early stage funding rounds and acquisitions in emerging ecosystems such as FinTech, CleanTech, HealthTech, and Mobility

Youri Doeleman
Partner

Youri is leading the charge to help build the next generation of entrepreneurs born out of Antler Amsterdam. An Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, he spent the last 7 years working on innovation and transformation programs with incumbents and startups in the private, public and social sectors - both across Europe and Latin America. Youri is adept in big-bang cosmology and has held various stints as a musician across Europe, Africa, Japan and Brazil.

Inemarieke Raettig
Marketing Associate
Andra Vanghelie
Content Writer Specialist
Inemarieke Raettig;Yingzhao Zhu
Marketing Analyst;Freelancer
Kim Oreskovic
Senior Advisor
Gita Lalloo
PR & Media Officer
Antti Rantanen
Venture Partner
Mohit Mishra
Co-founder & CEO
Venture Insider
Company
Hayden Young
Head of Marketing

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FAQs

Is Antler an accelerator or incubator?

We are neither an accelerator nor an incubator, we’re a day-zero investor. We help founders brainstorm, develop and validate ideas and start scaling their start-ups with us. Additionally, we continue to support our founders throughout their whole start-up journey.

What does day zero investing mean?

Day zero investing means backing founders from the very beginning—whether it’s pre-team or even pre-idea—and continuing to support them on their company’s journey. We are there when a founder is at the starting line, when everything is possible and nothing is certain. When they have made the life-changing decision to take the leap and build a company, leaving conventional career paths behind. When their belief, passion, and drive are often the only things fueling them. And we are still there after we make our first investment, as a long-term partner providing advice, introductions, resources, and follow-on funding—all the way to their exit.

What companies does Antler back?

We are industry agnostic. We invest in exceptional people building scalable companies. However, we do not invest in alcohol, tobacco or gambling.

Does Antler provide a business idea?

Our industry partners may provide problem statements they would like to solve, and the Antler team and mentors will help find the right area and business model to work in, but we don’t believe in providing ready-made ideas for you to work on. Ultimately this will be up to you and your co-founder(s)!

Is this a full time commitment?

Yes. Please consider your current notice period, plus the personal and financial investment starting a business requires.

Is the program on-site?

Yes. We fully believe in meeting each other in person to develop meaningful relationships. You can incorporate your company anywhere.

Do I need an idea to join Antler?

No, you don't. Some founders have a clear idea of what they want to build, however, most join us with areas of interest and expertise they then start to explore.

Can I negotiate Terms & Conditions?

Our terms are non-negotiable. Any further investment would be distinct from Antler’s investment and subject to new terms.

Do participants receive a grant during the residency?

Every cohort member in Berlin and Munich receives a EUR 1,000 grant.

Do I need to be at the location in person and for how long?

Depending on the kind of residency you are opting for, we have different requirements. During the main 7/11-week program, we require your physical presence in our Amsterdam, Berlin, or Munich offices.

Can I form a team with people from other locations?

Yes, we even encourage this. However, we require you to work from the same location for a significant amount of time.

How do I meet people from the other locations?

We will facilitate virtual meet-ups with additional optional meetings in person. You will also work in the same virtual workspaces and be in one community Slack channel.

What does a day in the cohort look like?

Besides working alongside like-minded founders, you’ll spend your time developing and iterating on your ideas, conducting customer discovery and research, beta testing as quickly as possible, and building your product roadmap and go-to-market strategy The Antler team will provide guidance and sparring sessions, organize challenges, social sessions, and speaker series with industry experts, coaches, and successful founders. At the end of the program, teams present to our Investment Committee.

How big are the teams?

Most Antler teams consist of two to three co-founders.

What makes us different from other VCs?

Antler specialises in bringing the most exceptional people together and enabling them to build a great startup. Our cohort members are often pre-team, pre-idea and pre-funding. Furthermore, we promote diversity at every level: background, career stage and skills.

Can I apply to one than more locations?

Yes, but only one location at a time will consider your application.

How many companies have Antler have in its portfolio?

Antler has more than 1,000+ companies in its portfolio.

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