Our in-person program runs for 10 weeks 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 go-to-market strategy. We'll also organize meetings, social sessions, office hours, and speaker series with industry experts, coaches, and Antler advisors during this time. Most importantly, you'll be surrounded by hand-selected founders to work alongside, brainstorming ideas, testing assumptions, sharing expertise, and building close bonds.
The program schedule constantly improves, so the final content can change significantly. We can however cover a high-level overview:
- The first week will include a walkthrough on what to expect from the program and how to address the several stages, with plenty of time to meet the other participants.
- We will have several team challenges for you to work with other participants and find your co-founder(s), which will cover the parts of building a venture.
- Along these weeks we will bring several guest speakers who have made this journey in the past and can help you understand the typical roadblocks in getting there.
At the end of the program, teams that have validated an idea will pitch to our Investment Committee. Successful teams will receive pre-seed funding from Antler and become part of Antler’s portfolio.
When part of our portfolio, 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. After a few months, Antler will organize a Portfolio Reveal moment, where you can showcase your startup to the local and international startup ecosystem.
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 for events, access our resource library, share learnings, and get support from other founders, advisors, and the Antler team.