The Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) is the UK’s leading entrepreneurship foundation. We work to make the country more entrepreneurial.

Our activities focus on advancing the entrepreneurship agenda for the UK, and are grouped under four key pillars:

  • Delivering entrepreneurial development programmes;
  • Researching the state of entrepreneurship and how to unlock potential in neglected groups, communities and locations;
  • Building thriving entrepreneurial communities;
  • Engaging and informing policy makers and the public.


Eric Schmidt meeting CEO Neeta Patel, Matt Smith (director policy & research) and a selection of the most notable alumni: Hamish Grierson, Guy Riese, Kike Oniwinde, Yang Liu, Shaan Bassi

Our flagship programme is the NEF Fast Track. 

This one-year development scheme is for aspiring young entrepreneurs and builds the UK’s top startup talent pool. Since 2011, it has developed over 300 young startup leaders. Over 40% have gone on to become founders, collectively raising £100m in investment and creating 2,200+ jobs (as of September 2019).

We are building an inclusive future for the next generation of UK entrepreneurs.

We have advocated in-prison entrepreneurship programmes, uncovered how entrepreneurs are reviving seaside towns, championed refugee entrepreneurs and shattered negative stereotypes affecting women entrepreneurs. We also run the Incubator and Accelerator Network and the Refugee Entrepreneurship Network – advocacy and best-practice groups that work to increase the quality and scale of support available for entrepreneurs.

We help Britain maintain a world-leading startup ecosystem.

Our organisation was created by well-known business leaders – The Centre was born after a merger between the think tank of the same name, founded by entrepreneur Luke Johnson, and The New Entrepreneurs Foundation that was launched by Oliver Pawle and Dee Stirling with support from Lord Davies of Abersoch and Sir Nigel Rudd.

We are a charity, registered in England and Wales, number 1140102.