Finalized startups from EF Bangalore will pitch to well-recognized regional and global investors at Investor Demo Day in Asia this July.
Entrepreneur First (EF), a pioneering UK based global talent investor has entered India with $25 million committed from its larger fund, to promote tech startups in the country. EF also announced its first-ever Indian cohort of 50 founders who were selected from a pool of 900 applicants.
Of the selected cohort 30 per cent are PhDs across various science and technology streams like aerospace, neuroscience, machine learning, electrical engineering etc. EF has a unique model of selecting individuals who could be strong founders and helping them find co-founders, work on ideas and build startups. Uniquely, each cohort member will be paid a monthly stipend of $2000 during the process of finding a co-founder and developing startup ideas in the first three months.
According to Esha Tiwary, General Manager of Entrepreneur First in India, “We have remarkable talent available in India. Through Entrepreneur First, we are trying to change the narrative for ambitious people in India who have thus far hesitated to start companies due to several reasons such as lack of a co-founder, no big idea, job security.”
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As part of its pledge, EF will invest in each of the companies developed during its bi-annual Bangalore programme that clear the Investment Committee, apart from the monthly stipend paid to cohort members.
EF focuses on deep tech companies that build on defensible technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, AR/VR, bobotics etc and in the past has funded companies across a broad spectrum of industries including space, satellites, medical devices, logistics, marine technologies, insurance, banking, fintech, education, agriculture and many more.
Finalized startups from EF Bangalore will pitch to well-recognized regional and global investors at Investor Demo Day in Asia this July. Also present on the Investor Demo Day will be startup counterparts from EF’s Hong Kong and Singapore programmes.