We help founders in the UK build great companies

Founders at Antler are turning their visions into reality—tackling pressing problems, creating jobs, and unlocking their personal potential. As the world’s issues become more complex, founders are more needed than ever to solve them. What are you waiting for?

Who is Antler UK for?

We’re looking for people committed to building game-changing businesses. We work with founders regardless of background or geography—from experienced business operators to technologists and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re an individual or team at day zero or have been building your business for years, we are here to help as a partner obsessed with your success.

Pre-Launch

Individual Founders and Teams

Antler UK welcomes applications from individuals and teams at the very beginning of their startup journey—before the company is founded—and even pre-idea.

Pre-Seed

Startups

We join invest in businesses outside of the program who are seeking additional funding.

Pre-Launch

Individual Founders and Teams

Antler UK welcomes applications from individuals and teams at the very beginning of their startup journey—before the company is founded—and even pre-idea.

Pre-Seed

Startups

We join invest in businesses outside of the program who are seeking additional funding.

What to expect once you join Antler UK

Antler brings together exceptional entrepreneurs in a three-month cohort dedicated to helping you find a co-founder and developing and testing a startup hypothesis. At the end of this stage, your team may pitch to our Investment Committee. Successful teams will then enter the Antler portfolio and benefit from Launch, where support focuses on helping you build your product before raising further funds.

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Find your co-founder(s)

Form your co-founding team, develop your idea, and get buy-in for your vision.

Develop and test your hypothesis

Start talking to customers, develop your MVP, refine your business model, and develop your go-to-market strategy with the support and guidance of expert coaches.

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Practice makes perfect...pitch weekly at Antler UK's Investment Committee check-ins

Then it’s show time... Pitch to our Investment Committee to secure pre-seed funding.

Get funded

We back you for the entire life cycle of your company—through follow-up funding (to Series C and beyond), tier-one VC access, and our truly global community that supports you forever.

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

Screening

We will screen your application and contact you if you are successful in the first stage.

Drive interview

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

Partner interview

Interview with one of our UK partners. You will discuss your experience and knowledge in more depth.

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

Screening

We will screen your application and contact you if you are successful in the first stage.

Drive interview

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

Partner interview

Interview with one of our UK partners. You will discuss your experience and knowledge in more depth.

Onboarding

There will be a series of "switch on" events to meet other cohort members as a taster pre-program. Then the cohort kicks off.

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

Screening

We will screen your application and contact you if you are successful in the first stage.

Drive interview

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

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Antler-funded founders go on to raise capital from other leading VCs.

Founder testimonials

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

Maria Wlosinska

Unlock

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.

Darshak Bhatt

Unlock

What I love about the philosophy of Antler is finding the right team first. I completely believe that if a team has the same motivations, they can eventually find great solutions together.

Charlotte Zhao

AVID

The biggest realization I had at Antler is how important people are, especially one’s co-founder. With our shared vision, I believe we can collaborate, brainstorm, and evolve together.

James Waterhouse

Neighbourhood

At Antler, we’ve really learned to pivot, adapt and take feedback on board. Antler selects incredibly talented people to join the program so get to know the cohort and leverage the skill sets around you.

It’s the best time in history to build a business

There has never been a better time to innovate and build a company that solves a meaningful problem. As the issues society faces become more complex, founders are more needed than ever to tackle them.

Meet our team

Ollie Purdue
Partner

Ollie is a partner in Antler’s London office, where he shares the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in London. Prior to Antler, Ollie was the CPO of Bó, RBS’ Digital bank. Before joining Bó, Ollie founded Loot, a VC backed digital banking service which helped over 200,000 customers do more with their money.

Jed Rose
Partner

Jed Rose is a Partner at Antler and brings operator, advisor, and investor experience from Seed to Series C rounds. He is the GM of EMEA with Airwallex, which is a B2B fintech payments unicorn that is backed by investors such as Sequoia and DST Global. Prior to Antler and Airwallex, he was CEO at Paymentsense, where he led the fintech startup through a period of rapid growth with EBITDA growing from breakeven to £24m in just three years and to an exit. Prior to Paymentsense, Jed did product management for Microsoft Windows for six years where he focused on B2C, international expansion, and product pilots. Jed received a B.Sc. with Honours in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Darren Murphy
Director

Darren is Program Director in Antler’s London office and Head of Program for EMEA and Americas. Darren has over seven years of experience working with tech startups, helping them go to market and secure investment. He previously worked as Head of Innovation at Unbound, connecting 100s of startups with global corporations at events such as Unbound London, FinTech Abu Dhabi and Innovfest Unbound in Singapore. Darren has also worked at the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, Digital Catapult, where he helped establish their first accelerators

Pedro Stuart
Program Associate

Pedro is an Industrial engineer from Lima, Peru. He has more than three years of experience working for the LatAm startup ecosystem, structuring a public fund of funds at COFIDE, Peru’s Development Bank, and supporting a 30 startup portfolio at UTEC Ventures - the biggest accelerator in Lima.

Maria Schipa
Founder Scout, Manager

Maria is our Founder Scout Manager in the UK. Prior to joining Antler, Maria worked as a recruitment consultant for early-stage SaaS startups in the Netherlands. She is a graduate in Clinical & Forensic Psychology and holds and MSc in Organisational Psychology.

Zina Alfa
Senior Marketing Associate

Zina is an award-winning entrepreneur, board member and consulting strategist with over 7+ years of executive business experience. She has transitioned from senior roles in production, editorial and marketing across news and entertainment to founding a b2b2c beauty tech & e-commerce platform.

Eda Taskin
Portfolio Manager

Eda is the Portfolio Manager in the UK. She provides support to all of the Cohort and External portfolio companies

Rakesh Sah
Finance Manager

Rakesh is Finance Manager at Antler, supporting investment and capital teams to drive investments, and founders during and after the investment process. He has previously worked as Finance manager for a PE backed multinational company, helping their European segment double its turnover to £50m in three years. Rakesh has an MBA from the City, University of London and an ACCA qualification.

Richard Baillie
Investment Manager

Richard is the investment associate in the London office, focusing on sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities. Prior to joining Antler, Richard was helping Israeli startups raise Series A funding from UK and US investors. He has also spent time at an investment bank and five years as an actuarial consultant. Richard has an MBA from Cass Business School and an MSci in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow.

Antler in the UK
Antler in the UK

London was one of Antler's first European locations. Since its opening, Antler has become one of the most active early-stage investors in the UK, backing more than 30 startups a year.

Rakesh Sah
Finance Manager

Rakesh is Finance Manager at Antler, supporting investment and capital teams to drive investments, and founders during and after the investment process. He has previously worked as Finance manager for a PE backed multinational company, helping their European segment double its turnover to £50m in three years. Rakesh has an MBA from the City, University of London and an ACCA qualification.

Zina Alfa
Senior Marketing Associate

Zina is an award-winning entrepreneur, board member and consulting strategist with over 7+ years of executive business experience. She has transitioned from senior roles in production, editorial and marketing across news and entertainment to founding a b2b2c beauty tech & e-commerce platform.

Veronika Patkai
Associate Partner

Veronika is an Associate Partner, based in our London office and responsible for the end-to-end design and execution of our Antler UK platform. Prior to joining Antler, Veronika worked as an early-stage advisor, dedicated start-up coach and angel investor. She has an MBA from INSEAD and focused on Private Equity advisory / M&A in the the earlier stages of her career.

Tabitha Luxmoore-Styles
Head of Partnership

Tabitha is Head of Partnerships at Antler UK, where she engages with corporate partners, government and large institutions to help build the success of Antler & portfolio companies in the UK and globally. Prior to Antler, Tabitha has worked in 3 start-ups in (foodtech & fintech) and a tech accelerator. More recently she has moved from Tilney Smith & Williamson, a financial services firm, where she worked in the Entrepreneurial Services team and ran the Female Founder & Investor program. She currently sits on the board of CONCAT Tech (refugee & women developers from countries of conflict) and is supporting work from the Dept of International Trade with under represented founders.

Richard Baillie
Investment Manager

Richard is the investment associate in the London office, focusing on sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities. Prior to joining Antler, Richard was helping Israeli startups raise Series A funding from UK and US investors. He has also spent time at an investment bank and five years as an actuarial consultant. Richard has an MBA from Cass Business School and an MSci in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow.

Pedro Stuart
Program Associate

Pedro is an Industrial engineer from Lima, Peru. He has more than three years of experience working for the LatAm startup ecosystem, structuring a public fund of funds at COFIDE, Peru’s Development Bank, and supporting a 30 startup portfolio at UTEC Ventures - the biggest accelerator in Lima.

Ollie Purdue
Partner

Ollie is a partner in Antler’s London office, where he shares the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in London. Prior to Antler, Ollie was the CPO of Bó, RBS’ Digital bank. Before joining Bó, Ollie founded Loot, a VC backed digital banking service which helped over 200,000 customers do more with their money.

Mehdi Doghri
Venture Partner

Mehdi is an experienced tech entrepreneur who started his career as solution architect for blue chip companies before joining a mobile agency as CTO, delivering 20+ apps. For the last 4 years, he has been leading a digital innovation team at Barclays driving new digital products for the SME market. He’s now the Co-Founder & CTO of Save your wardrobe, a Fashion Tech start-up changing the way we manage our clothes post-purchase.

Maria Schipa
Founder Scout, Manager

Maria is our Founder Scout Manager in the UK. Prior to joining Antler, Maria worked as a recruitment consultant for early-stage SaaS startups in the Netherlands. She is a graduate in Clinical & Forensic Psychology and holds and MSc in Organisational Psychology.

Lars Kvaalen
Venture Partner

Lars is one of Antler UK's Venture Partners. Lars spent more than 6 years in McKinsey & Company, supporting some of the largest telecoms and banks. At McKinsey, Lars implemented advanced analytics to drive data driven decision making in marketing and sales. Further Lars has been focusing on technology, M&A and corporate finance.

Jed Rose
Partner

Jed Rose is a Partner at Antler and brings operator, advisor, and investor experience from Seed to Series C rounds. He is the GM of EMEA with Airwallex, which is a B2B fintech payments unicorn that is backed by investors such as Sequoia and DST Global. Prior to Antler and Airwallex, he was CEO at Paymentsense, where he led the fintech startup through a period of rapid growth with EBITDA growing from breakeven to £24m in just three years and to an exit. Prior to Paymentsense, Jed did product management for Microsoft Windows for six years where he focused on B2C, international expansion, and product pilots. Jed received a B.Sc. with Honours in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Gary Dolman
Venture Partner

Gary is Venture Partner at Antler London. Gary is the co-founder and CFO of Monzo, one of UK's largest challenger banks, and he has recently established his own consulting business to the start up industry. He is a qualified chartered accountant who has had a long career in banking having worked as a CFO and COO at Starling Bank, ABN AMRO and Mizuho Securities.

Eda Taskin
Portfolio Manager

Eda is the Portfolio Manager in the UK. She provides support to all of the Cohort and External portfolio companies

Darren Murphy
Director

Darren is Program Director in Antler’s London office and Head of Program for EMEA and Americas. Darren has over seven years of experience working with tech startups, helping them go to market and secure investment. He previously worked as Head of Innovation at Unbound, connecting 100s of startups with global corporations at events such as Unbound London, FinTech Abu Dhabi and Innovfest Unbound in Singapore. Darren has also worked at the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, Digital Catapult, where he helped establish their first accelerators

Charlotte Mason
Venture Partner

Charlotte has helped 1000s of companies raise seed capital and grown her own portfolio of 30 investments. She has >10-years of start-up experience, holds many start-up advisor/board positions, and is INSEAD’s Start-up Bootcamp Director, delivering world-leading start-up training. She is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and also designs, leads, and supports Corporate Innovation Programmes for Fortune, FTSE, and SME clients. Charlotte is Co-Chair of INSEAD Alumni UK Business Angels and Entrepreneurship Group and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Andy Hunt
Venture Partner

Andy is a Venture Partner at Antler. He is an experienced business coach frequently hired by founders and senior business leaders to support them through periods of sustained growth and transformation. Previously, Andy had a career in banking with NatWest and spent 12 years at VMware establishing the US enterprise software company in EMEA and shepherding it from start-up through to $2bn+ in revenue. Andy has a passion for driving success through people

Altan Tutar
Entrepreneur-in-residence

Altan is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Antler, one of the fastest-growing global early-stage venture capital firms. He's also an active participant and leader of Antler's web3 initiatives. Before Antler, he was a mMaster's student at Imperial College London, specializing in computing and it's applications in robotics via deep learning methods. Prior to Imperial College London, Altan was an undergraduate at Davidson College, where he double-majored in computer science (honors) and mathematics, published award-winning research in virtual reality and mathematics and worked at early-stage startups such as Lucid Drone Technologies (YC S'19).

Beatrice Zatorska
Co-founder and CEO
Karolina Szweda
Head of Growth Marketing
Ollie Forsyth
Global Community Manager

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Josie Stoker
Assistant Manager
Chris Brooke
Advisor
Katie Thorpe
Marketing and Social Media Intern

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