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New Entrepreneurs Foundation

New Entrepreneurs Foundation

New Entrepreneurs Foundation

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New Entrepreneurs Foundation

London , United Kingdom

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The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) is on a mission to develop the entrepreneurial leaders of the future.  We are an educational charity that runs a unique programme that equips aspiring young entrepreneurs with the confidence, skills and networks to build game-changing businesses.  Each year we select up to 60 of the brightest and best entrepreneurial individuals – we call them ‘NEFers’ – to join the programme. 

About us

The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) was co-founded by Oliver Pawle, Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, Sir Nigel Rudd DL and Dee Stirling in December 2010. The NEF was established to create a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs who will build market-leading businesses and play a key role in driving Britain’s future prosperity.


Our mission is to provide the UK’s leading entrepreneurial training programme to fast-track young, talented, aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.


Our vision is to create a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs who will build market leading businesses and play a key role in driving Britain’s future growth and prosperity.


We equip young, aspiring entrepreneurs with hands-on experience, skills and networks to build scalable businesses. We do this by selecting the UK’s brightest and most entrepreneurial young minds and providing them with the skills, experience and networks through our unique 12-month full-time programme.

The programme consists of five main components:

  1. A Paid Work Placement in an exciting, innovative, high growth company working alongside a successful entrepreneur and/or their senior management team, experiencing at close quarters how to run a successful company.
  2. An Intensive, Immersive and Interactive 10-month Fast-Track Programme with workshops from our corporate sponsors such as Deloitte, McKinsey and Tesco; business schools such as London Business School, UCL and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Cambridge Judge Business School, and other specialist learning providers.
  3. Monthly Speaker & Networking Events featuring established business leaders and inspirational entrepreneurs such as Brent Hoberman (co-founder, Sir Charles Dunstone (co-founder The Carphone Warehouse), Sherry Coutu (Angel investor and CEO), Joe Cohen (founder Seatwave), Lord Young of Graffham (enterprise advisor to the Prime Minister), to name a few.
  4. An Executive Coach for each of our New Entrepreneurs.
  5. A Business Mentor from our specially selected panel to guide through career path.
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