Polaris is a fellowship for the underestimated.
We give you privacy, freedom, and resources to pursue your interests, no matter where they take you.
You will join a cohort of 24 smart, earnest, and high-expectation individuals interested in both the mastery of the established and the discovery of the heretical.
10 years of backing individuals before they have a track record has taught us to take you and your potential seriously. We are comfortable being the first who do.
Polaris is a 9 month part-time programme running from January 2023 to September 2023.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE - 11th NOVEMBER
You want to pursue big, meaningful work. You have been searching for the right environment and field in which to apply this ambition, but you still find yourself uncertain about whether you're on the right path.
You've proven to yourself that you can take on challenging ideas and problems, and you're eager to find ways to use this ability in service of real goals, instead of artificial ones.
You frequently find yourself excited about topics which most people (including a plurality of your peers) don't seem to fully understand, and you find it occasionally difficult to explain your interests.
You have high expectations for yourself and the people around you. You want to confront your ideas and ideals to reality.
You are likely to be a final year undergraduate, masters or PhD student in any discipline, based in London, but Polaris is also open to exceptional non-students.
Polaris is run by Entrepreneur First. We have been helping people do great things for over 10 years through our company formation programme FORM, which has helped more than 3000 individuals start over 500 companies worth a combined $10B. They include Tractable (a computer vision unicorn), Cleo, Omnipresent, Aztec, and many more.
We have a track record of bringing together exceptional people who mistakenly think they are peerless. We collect stories like that of the Magic Pony Technology founders who were both at Imperial at the same time, but who failed to meet until joining us at EF.
10 years of backing individuals before they have a track record has taught us to take you and your potential seriously. We are comfortable being the first source of institutional support you experience.
EF is funded and backed by some of the world's best tech founders and company builders, including Patrick and John Collison (Stripe); Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Tom Blomfield (GoCardless and Monzo), Sara Clemens (Pandora and Twitch); Nat Friedman (GitHub); and Matt Mullenweg (Wordpress).