The best way to launch your startup

Antler is an on ramp to venture capital and helps you launch your startup from scratch. We surround you with everything you need to build at lightning speed. Learn more at our next AMA - registration & details here.

Who should apply to the Antler US Residency?

We look for founders with a proven track record of execution (across a range of academic and professional backgrounds), who are fiercely ambitious, who possess an intense bias towards execution, and who are innately driven to change the world. You must be able to attend our six week phase one Residency in-person in either Austin, Boulder, or New York City. We admit individual founders, people looking for co-founders, and pre-existing teams, but 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 cofounder, validate your business idea, and launch a business, the Antler US Residency is for you.

Residency

Individual Founders and Teams

The next Antler US Residency will be in February 2023 in-person in three US cities: Austin, Boulder, and New York City. We are accepting applications for the Antler US February 2023 Residency; interviews will start in early November 2022.

Residency

Individual Founders and Teams

The next Antler US Residency will be in February 2023 in-person in three US cities: Austin, Boulder, and New York City. We are accepting applications for the Antler US February 2023 Residency; interviews will start in early November 2022.

What to expect from Antler US

The Antler US program is divided into two distinct phases. The first phase is our pre-investment, six week Residency. Founders that receive funding from our Investment Committee after our Residency move into phase two, where the focus is entirely on rapid growth and rigorous fundraising preparation.

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Phase 1: Residency

Join the Antler US Residency to find your cofounder, validate your ideas, and launch your business. Antler is designed so you get the opportunity to build your startup alongside a community of other hand selected, vetted exceptional founders. In your location, there will be an immediate community of around 30 other exceptional, curated founders working alongside you.

The residency is designed to be 75-80% unstructured. We won’t be filling up your calendar with mandatory programming or zoom webinars. Instead, we’re here to support you while your sole focus is on building your company and spending your time however you think best (we typically advise founders to focus on customer validation, market research, and building). From a programming perspective a typical week may include: morning standups, weekly Town Hall, 1-2 workshops and social events, dedicated individual coaching and office hours.

Pitch to Antler's Investment Committee

After six weeks of building with us in Residency, you may have the opportunity to pitch our Investment Committee for pre-seed funding to launch your startup. One pitch, one committee: it's a simple, straightforward process. If you receive funding, we will write you a check for $125,000 via SAFE for 7% of your new company. If you don't receive funding, we will sit down and tell you exactly why—100% transparency.

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Phase 2: Build and fundraising sprint

After passing IC and receiving investment, portfolio companies will engage in a two-month sprint to build and prepare for their next round of fundraising to set themselves up for success.

Antler Portfolio Showcase

Antler's Portfolio Showcase gives founders the opportunity to introduce themselves to a highly selective group of pre-seed funds and angel investors.

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Our founders are diverse and exceptional

Here are some of the teams we've backed.

Application process

Once you apply, expect to hear back from our scouting team within one week. The full interview process takes around 2-3 weeks to complete.

Application

Once you submit your application, our scouting team will review it. Candidates who meet our criteria will move forward in our process.

1st-round interview

Your first interview will be with a member of our scouting team 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.

2nd-round interview

Your second interview will be with a partner who sits in the location you've applied to in order to further evaluate your entrepreneurial aspirations and learn more about our Residency.

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Once you apply, expect to hear back from our scouting team within one week. The full interview process takes around 2-3 weeks to complete.

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Once you submit your application, our scouting team will review it. Candidates who meet our criteria will move forward in our process.

1st-round interview

Your first interview will be with a member of our scouting team 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.

2nd-round interview

Your second interview will be with a partner who sits in the location you've applied to in order to further evaluate your entrepreneurial aspirations and learn more about our Residency.

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Once you apply, expect to hear back from our scouting team within one week. The full interview process takes around 2-3 weeks to complete.

Application

Once you submit your application, our scouting team will review it. Candidates who meet our criteria will move forward in our process.

1st-round interview

Your first interview will be with a member of our scouting team 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.

2nd-round interview

Your second interview will be with a partner who sits in the location you've applied to in order to further evaluate your entrepreneurial aspirations and learn more about our Residency.

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Founder testimonials

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

Malcolm-Wiley Floyd

Stairs Financial

Antler’s collection of founders, operators and investors is the strongest platform for an early stage founder on the market.

Jacob Shoihet

Marco Capital

Antler really did accelerate Marco's trajectory: we created a broad network of VC connections and raised a material amount of additional institutional cash. This allows us to make the impact that we want to achieve: we’re building the premier tech-enabled trade finance platform in Latin America. Antler has been an integral partner in powering us forward.

Trisha Goyal

Break the Love

Antler truly understands what it means to be a founder and are truly involved as partners with portfolio companies at the earliest stage.

Manuel Shoenfeld

PowerX

Building a startup with Antler allows you the room to develop, grow or even pivot your business idea, providing you with the guidance you need along the way.

Our team

Tyler Norwood
Managing Partner, Austin

Tyler is a business development specialist and entrepreneur with a strong focus on the growth and geographic expansion of early stage companies. With close to a decade of experience under his belt, Tyler prominently lead the rollout of a comprehensive marketplace business model across over 10 countries in Southeast Asia for both Zalora and Global Fashion Group (GFG). The former Head of Business Development at GFG also spearheaded one of the largest private e-commerce acquisitions to-date involving India’s e-commerce fashion site, Jabong.

Jeff Becker
General Partner, New York

Jeff is a sales leader and investor. Over a nine year run at LinkedIn, Jeff held a series of roles launching new business units and leading sales teams to best-in-company performances as the business grew to 770 million members and $10B in revenue. Separately, Jeff launched his own company, Earhoox, scaling it across the globe. He is also an active angel investor focused on health, wealth, and happiness. Before coming to Antler, he was a General Partner at Forum Ventures, focused on early stage B2B SaaS.

Navi Singh
Partner, Global Investments

Navi is Global Partner at Antler in New York and Head of Technology at the Antler U.S. fund where he guides Antler startups and holds several board positions. Previously, Navi was a deeptech focused researcher at MIT and Entrepreneur in Residence at TandemLaunch, an aspiring startup foundry and seed fund in North America. As a former co-founder of a MIT-backed startup that invented and commercialized novel imaging technology, Navi has experienced all facets of the tech startup journey. He is a Web3 enthusiast and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Sciences from University of St. Andrews in the UK.

Lisa Potocsnak
Associate Partner, Finance & Operations

Lisa joins Antler with over 16 years of experience in Venture Capital. Before Antler, Lisa was the CFO of Tribe Capital. Prior to Tribe, Lisa served as VP of Finance for Khosla Ventures and as the part-time CFO for several smaller firms including Asset Management Ventures & Prospect Ventures. She started her career at Morgenthaler, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Charles Hayley-Bell
Associate Partner

Charlie Hayley Bell (Associate Partner) leads Capital and Investor Relations for Antler US. Charlie has 20 years of alternative investment experience in the US, and Latin America across both public and private markets advising investors and raising capital for hedge funds, real estate, PE, and venture capital. Charlie is an investor in early and growth stage technology and CPG companies. He previously was with HSBC, Archstone Partners, and Old City Securities. He holds a MA from Edinburgh University.


Ryan Sommerville
Associate Partner, Boulder

Ryan is an entrepreneur and business development professional that has built and scaled ventures in the financial services, apparel, technology, and food/beverage spaces. For the past few years, he has focused on simultaneously growing a financial services start-up and a nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono services to empower lower-income entrepreneurs. He brings experience spanning the start-up ecosystem to Antler's founders where he will be focused on building Antler in the US.

Prerna Sharma
Associate Partner, Austin

Prerna is the recruiting director at Antler and oversees founder recruiting efforts globally. She was an early employee at Uber Asia, where she hired hundreds of high performing individuals to help scale Uber’s growth in the region. After Uber, Prerna successfully laid the entire framework for the HR & Recruitment function of Flow Traders Asia (Singapore & Hong Kong), a leading Dutch proprietary trading firm, specialising in ETFs.

Roslyn Jin
Director, New York

Roslyn is a strategy and business development specialist with a background in hypergrowth sales, financial markets, and international policy. Prior to Antler, she helped launch the enterprise segment at WeWork and partnered with financial services accounts to develop custom innovation solutions. Previously, she held positions in structured derivatives at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and U.S.-China trade policy at the Executive Office of the President. Roslyn holds a BA from Cornell University and is pursuing a part-time MBA at NYU Stern, specializing in strategy and product management.

Caroline Healey
Director, Austin

Caroline is a marketing and business operations professional with a background in finance, recruitment, and content creation. Prior to joining Antler, Caroline was an associate producer and operations associate at NationSwell, a social impact company based in New York.  Working in social impact production allowed Caroline to tell important stories about innovators driving forward-looking solutions across the US. Caroline is excited to play a greater role in advancing those solutions by empowering founders at Antler.

Caroline graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Diego, where she obtained her BBA in Finance and Business Economics.

Rio Hodges
Director, Boulder

Rio is the Director of the Boulder program and residency. Prior to Antler, Rio was focused on growth strategy and innovation at frog where he was a Senior Strategist, shaping ideas into commercially viable products and services. Previously, Rio had experience in both growth equity and early-stage VC. He is now developing Antler’s footprint in the Rocky Mountain Region, hoping to grow the Boulder/Denver startup ecosystem.

Joe Cardini
Venture Scouting Manager, Austin

Joe joins Antler with a background in sales and business development. Throughout his career, he’s had the privilege of cultivating and managing relationships with the world's largest organizations in an effort to support their key strategic initiatives at hyper-growth companies like Forter and Okta.

Annie Ripp
Venture Scouting Manager, New York

Annie is an investor focused on identifying founders at the early stages across a multitude of verticals including business and consumer technology and CPG. After graduating in 2019, Annie spent time in growth equity at Spring Lake Equity Partners where she focused on sourcing growth stage private technology businesses. Prior to Antler, Annie was an investor at BBG Ventures investing in seed stage women founded businesses.

Samantha Cerqueira
Program Manager, Austin

Sam is a management professional with over 7 years progressive experience in customer experience, operations, team building and project management for the hospitality industry. She joins us from WeWork where she was a Community Lead. Prior to WeWork, Sam worked for the Four Seasons Hotels as a Guest Experience & Operations Manager.

Malcolm-Wiley Floyd
Co-founder & CEO
Ryan Sommerville
Associate Partner, Boulder

Ryan is an entrepreneur and business development professional that has built and scaled ventures in the financial services, apparel, technology, and food/beverage spaces. For the past few years, he has focused on simultaneously growing a financial services start-up and a nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono services to empower lower-income entrepreneurs. He brings experience spanning the start-up ecosystem to Antler's founders where he will be focused on building Antler in the US.

Samantha Cerqueira
Program Manager, Austin

Sam is a management professional with over 7 years progressive experience in customer experience, operations, team building and project management for the hospitality industry. She joins us from WeWork where she was a Community Lead. Prior to WeWork, Sam worked for the Four Seasons Hotels as a Guest Experience & Operations Manager.

Roslyn Jin
Director, New York

Roslyn is a strategy and business development specialist with a background in hypergrowth sales, financial markets, and international policy. Prior to Antler, she helped launch the enterprise segment at WeWork and partnered with financial services accounts to develop custom innovation solutions. Previously, she held positions in structured derivatives at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and U.S.-China trade policy at the Executive Office of the President. Roslyn holds a BA from Cornell University and is pursuing a part-time MBA at NYU Stern, specializing in strategy and product management.

Rio Hodges
Director, Boulder

Rio is the Director of the Boulder program and residency. Prior to Antler, Rio was focused on growth strategy and innovation at frog where he was a Senior Strategist, shaping ideas into commercially viable products and services. Previously, Rio had experience in both growth equity and early-stage VC. He is now developing Antler’s footprint in the Rocky Mountain Region, hoping to grow the Boulder/Denver startup ecosystem.

Prerna Sharma
Associate Partner, Austin

Prerna is the recruiting director at Antler and oversees founder recruiting efforts globally. She was an early employee at Uber Asia, where she hired hundreds of high performing individuals to help scale Uber’s growth in the region. After Uber, Prerna successfully laid the entire framework for the HR & Recruitment function of Flow Traders Asia (Singapore & Hong Kong), a leading Dutch proprietary trading firm, specialising in ETFs.

Navi Singh
Partner, Global Investments

Navi is Global Partner at Antler in New York and Head of Technology at the Antler U.S. fund where he guides Antler startups and holds several board positions. Previously, Navi was a deeptech focused researcher at MIT and Entrepreneur in Residence at TandemLaunch, an aspiring startup foundry and seed fund in North America. As a former co-founder of a MIT-backed startup that invented and commercialized novel imaging technology, Navi has experienced all facets of the tech startup journey. He is a Web3 enthusiast and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Sciences from University of St. Andrews in the UK.

Lisa Potocsnak
Associate Partner, Finance & Operations

Lisa joins Antler with over 16 years of experience in Venture Capital. Before Antler, Lisa was the CFO of Tribe Capital. Prior to Tribe, Lisa served as VP of Finance for Khosla Ventures and as the part-time CFO for several smaller firms including Asset Management Ventures & Prospect Ventures. She started her career at Morgenthaler, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Johnny Watson
Director, Boulder

Johnny is a business development specialist and serial entrepreneur with a knack for turning ideas into action. Prior to Antler, he focused on the growth of early-stage technology companies, spanning from fintech to digital health to Web3. Johnny is a certified business coach and strives to help others reach their ambitious goals as they navigate the founder journey. He is dedicated to scaling this impact with the Antler community, in Colorado and beyond.

Joe Cardini
Venture Scouting Manager, Austin

Joe joins Antler with a background in sales and business development. Throughout his career, he’s had the privilege of cultivating and managing relationships with the world's largest organizations in an effort to support their key strategic initiatives at hyper-growth companies like Forter and Okta.

Jeff Becker
General Partner, New York

Jeff is a sales leader and investor. Over a nine year run at LinkedIn, Jeff held a series of roles launching new business units and leading sales teams to best-in-company performances as the business grew to 770 million members and $10B in revenue. Separately, Jeff launched his own company, Earhoox, scaling it across the globe. He is also an active angel investor focused on health, wealth, and happiness. Before coming to Antler, he was a General Partner at Forum Ventures, focused on early stage B2B SaaS.

Ivan Lopez
Partner, Head of Platform

Ivan is a serial entrepreneur and investor who has spent his career developing technology and business solutions around the globe. He gets really excited about creating scalable solutions to complex problems delivering impact on a global scale and mentoring founders. His career spans 30 years across the USA, Europe, APAC and LATAM. He has founded 8 companies in e-commerce technology, and men’s personal care products. Prior to Antler he was with Techstars as General Manager for Americas West, APAC and LATAM. He has been in leadership roles at Amazon, Disney, Sony Pictures and Hutchison Whampoa amongst other executive roles around the globe.

Charles Hayley-Bell
Associate Partner

Charlie Hayley Bell (Associate Partner) leads Capital and Investor Relations for Antler US. Charlie has 20 years of alternative investment experience in the US, and Latin America across both public and private markets advising investors and raising capital for hedge funds, real estate, PE, and venture capital. Charlie is an investor in early and growth stage technology and CPG companies. He previously was with HSBC, Archstone Partners, and Old City Securities. He holds a MA from Edinburgh University.


Annie Ripp
Venture Scouting Manager, New York

Annie is an investor focused on identifying founders at the early stages across a multitude of verticals including business and consumer technology and CPG. After graduating in 2019, Annie spent time in growth equity at Spring Lake Equity Partners where she focused on sourcing growth stage private technology businesses. Prior to Antler, Annie was an investor at BBG Ventures investing in seed stage women founded businesses.

Zoe Hall
Chief Strategy Officer
Caroline Healey
Director, Austin

Caroline is a marketing and business operations professional with a background in finance, recruitment, and content creation. Prior to joining Antler, Caroline was an associate producer and operations associate at NationSwell, a social impact company based in New York.  Working in social impact production allowed Caroline to tell important stories about innovators driving forward-looking solutions across the US. Caroline is excited to play a greater role in advancing those solutions by empowering founders at Antler.

Caroline graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Diego, where she obtained her BBA in Finance and Business Economics.

Chia Jeng Yang
Investor
Tyler Norwood
Managing Partner, Austin

Tyler is a business development specialist and entrepreneur with a strong focus on the growth and geographic expansion of early stage companies. With close to a decade of experience under his belt, Tyler prominently lead the rollout of a comprehensive marketplace business model across over 10 countries in Southeast Asia for both Zalora and Global Fashion Group (GFG). The former Head of Business Development at GFG also spearheaded one of the largest private e-commerce acquisitions to-date involving India’s e-commerce fashion site, Jabong.

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Early Days—Episode 3: Airtable with Andrew Ofstad

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Early Days—Episode 8: Superside with Fredrik Thomassen

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FAQs

What visa/citizenship requirements do I need to join Antler’s US Residency?

You can apply to our Residency if you hold any type of valid US work visa.

What stage do you invest in?

We are focused on providing founders better access to capital at the very beginning of their journey, so we back founders where we can be the first investor in. We'll invest as early as a clearly defined product statement and roadmap to your MVP, we'll even help you incorporate your new venture if necessary.

Which industries do you invest in?

We are industry agnostic and invest across all technology sectors.

When do applications close? How do I refer other founders?

Applications for our February 2023 cohort will close in mid-January or when we fill our February 2023 cohort in each location. We highly encourage you to invite stellar fellow founders in your network to apply to Antler!

How often do I have to be in the office? What does “full-time” mean?

The Antler residency is a full-time commitment. This means that you are 100% dedicating your time to building your company. That said, it is not “mandatory” to be in the office from 9-5PM daily. The intention is to foster an engaged and supportive community of founders building together in person. As long as you show up for your fellow cohort and give and receive value from the community, you can spend your time in any way you see most fit to build your company. Most founders come in 4-5 days a week.

Do you provide a stipend?

We do not provide a stipend or relocation support for the residency. If you are joining us from out of town, check out Relocation Resources.

Can my co-founder join? Will I have help finding a co-founder?

Yes, co-founders are welcome, though we only require 1 founder to be dedicated full-time in the residency. While we do not guarantee co-founder matching during the residency, you are encouraged to meet and potentially team up with other residents, bring in folks from your network to work in the office, or canvas the Antler network for potential co-founder fits. This cohort, we will have around 30 founders joining us per location.

Does everyone get to pitch to the Investment Committee?

Not every founder or team will receive the opportunity to present to the investment committee (IC) during Pitch Week. This happens for a variety of reasons, including: dropping out for personal reasons or time commitment issues, pivoting your idea and requiring more time to validate, not demonstrating sufficient traction to put your best foot forward yet, deciding to join another founder or team, or deciding that your business is not venture scalable, amongst other reasons. If it is the case that you do not present to the Antler IC at this point in time, we will work with you on an individual basis to explore other options, such as joining our Talent Network, setting goals and a timeline for a delayed IC pitch, etc.

How many founders receive the Antler investment?

We do not have a minimum or maximum number of investments per cohort or location, though it is unlikely that we invest in 100% or 0% of founders in the residency. Historically, we have invested in 20-45% of founders in each residency. We generally make our decisions based on founder strength in domain expertise, deep understanding of the problem statement and your customer, first principled thinking and vision, execution ability, and progress made over the period of time.

Do we have to take the Antler investment?

We would never force anyone to take our money 🙂 Technically, the Memorandum of Understanding (part of your DocuSign package) is an expectation-setting legal document. We expect teams to honor the spirit of the agreement as we do. The intent is that over the six weeks, we will earn our equity, and you will see the value of having the Antler team on your cap table and as an active advisor for continued future support as an extension of your founding team.

What happens after the six week Residency?

If you successfully pitch to the investment committee, you will become part of the Antler portfolio and kick off Phase II. You will be assigned a deal lead to work closely with going forward, and go through a transition week where we will support you on incorporation, documentation, admin, and other items in order to receive the funding, clarify goals and milestones, and set you up on the path to scale and raise your seed.

If you are unsuccessful in pitching to the investment committee, you will still remain a valuable part of the Antler community for life. You will retain access to office space for an additional week, remain in our Slack community and other platforms, and can meet with our team to discuss next steps for your startup. Previous residents have taken on feedback and returned to pitch successfully, joined Antler portfolio companies or the talent network, or started new companies and returned to Antler. The door is always open 🔑

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