Entrepreneur First

Entrepreneur First

Entrepreneur First is an Investment company based in the United Kingdom founded in 2011 by Alice Bentinck Matt Clifford.

Investment company based in the United Kingdom. Their portfolio includes Magic Pony Technology, who were acquired by Twitter for $150m 18 months after the founders met at EF.

Founded in 2011 by Alice Bentinck Matt Clifford, the firm prefers to invest in technology-driven companies. The firm has created 300+ companies and invested $2b combined portfolio value.

As of February 2020, Entrepreneur First raised 4 funds and has made 185 investments and had 8 exits. The notable exits include Scape Technologies, Adbrain, and Avocarrot.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Hadean (company)

Company developing distributed hyper-scale cloud operating system and distributed simulation engine

User authentication and fraud prevention with biometric Identity-as-a-Service. AimBrain provides face, voice, lipsync, behavior and anomaly detection modules.

A company that specializes in quantum cyber security. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2016.

A software company creating a technology that allows augmented reality content and services to be tied to precise, real locations. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2016.

Company developing software that helps physicians communicate with their patients. Their main product Chain SMS is used by medical office staff to send text messages for a variety of communications such as appointment reminders or to remind patients to take prescriptions.

A company that specializes in remote video analytics. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2016.

A company that has an online platform which enables its manufacturing clients to process and utilize their manufacturing data. It has an office in Singapore and was founded in 2018.

A company offering an artificially intelligent software application for managing personal insurance.

Company developing supercapacitor-based solutions for batteries.

Automata is a technology company working to automate physical work. It is based in London, England and was founded in 2015.

Volt14 is an Hong Kong-based company founded in 2018.

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Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Entrepreneur First funding round, September 2017
12,400,000
September 2017
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Entrepreneur First (Global) L.P.
255,080,000
65,652,529
November 29, 2018
5,056,308
5,056,308
September 21, 2016
10,234,193
185,300
October 27, 2017
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Accelerator batches

Accelerator Batch
Accelerator batch companies
Entrepreneur First 7
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Anthony Finkelstein

Science Partner

Chris Mairs

Venture Partner

Phil Blunsom

Science Partner

Alex Crompton

Managing Director Asia

Alice Bentinck

CPO & Co-Founder

Danica Kragic

Science Partner

Joe White

General Partner & CFO

Matt Clifford

Co-Founder & CEO

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Ambify

Carnot Innovations

Crypto Quantique

Flowlity

Kiroku

PacketAI

Portify

SEPPURE

Verchable

Volt14

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Steve O'Hear
October 15, 2019
TechCrunch
Entrepreneur First (EF), the Greylock-backed "talent investor" that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, is pulling out of Hong Kong, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the London HQ'd company builder has told provisional candidates for its 2020 Hong Kong cohort that they should instead apply to one [...]
Steve O'Hear
September 23, 2019
TechCrunch
Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered "talent investor" that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, has announced its plans to expand to Canada. It marks the first time EF has entered North America. Along with London, EF currently operates in Berlin, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangalore. The new [...]
Kristie Neo
Invalid Date
DealStreetAsia
The venture builder had earlier submitted an SEC filing indicating a target fund size of $255-million.

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