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The NEF Application Process – Part I

In this post, I’ll run through Part I of the application process (you don’t get onto NEF unless you pass Part I and Part II but, if you’re good enough to pass Part I, you should be OK with Part II – Matchmaking with Host Companies).

After a few months of skill building to transition into a more entrepreneurial career, I decided to apply to the New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme.  In this post, I’ll run through Part I of the application process (you don’t get onto NEF unless you pass Part I and Part II but, if you’re good enough to pass Part I, you should be OK with Part II – Matchmaking with Host Companies).  I’ll also provide some tips about what worked for me (and why) which is largely applicable to job applications.  It was quite a pleasant process overall and helped me realise a few things along the way.

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What Makes a Great Founder?

What characteristics should you aim for your founding team to have, and what should you be looking for in a co-founder?

When people think of great founders, they think of people like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk or Steve Jobs – people who have this unwavering drive and vision; who can captivate people and lead them on a journey.  However, what made these guys truly successful was the support network they built around themselves – their founding team.  The reality is that it is almost impossible for one person to have all the characteristics of a great founder.  What is possible, however, is having all of these great characteristics shared between yourself and your co-founders.
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The Ingredients of a Successful Start-Up

A lot of the reasons why some startups succeed are out of the hands of the founders. However, there are several ingredients that you can control, and it makes sense to nail these in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success

Since entering the entrepreneurship ecosystem in London, I have been fortunate enough to meet some incredible founders and hear inspiring stories.  What you quickly realise, however, is that every business has a different story and that there is no “one formula for success”.  Furthermore, a lot of the reasons why some of these businesses became successful were actually out of the hands of the founders. Continue reading “The Ingredients of a Successful Start-Up”