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NEF+ is a unique entrepreneurial leadership programme for ambitious early-stage founders and entrepreneurial talent in high-growth businesses.


The immersive development programme equips participants with the skills, knowledge and connections to take their businesses and careers to the next level. 

NEF+’s bespoke learning methodology harnesses the skills and experience of leading entrepreneur-practitioners, peer-to-peer challenges and access to world-class executive coaches and business mentors.

Two cohorts are selected each year to join NEF+, which runs part-time for 6 months. The NEF+ journey is intense but immensely valuable – NEF+ alumni frequently go on to raise their first (or more) funding round, spearhead transformational delivery projects or become leaders in high-growth businesses. 

The value of NEF+ multiplies beyond the programme, as participants enter a supportive 370+ alumni community. Access to exclusive networks and events puts you at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

NEF+ alumni also gain access to Founders Forum, Europe’s premier entrepreneur network. Through their ecosystem, FF has also grown a family of businesses supporting the needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. From startup idea through to development, scale & exit, the FF Group covers education, venture creation, investment, consultancy, executive search, diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and global events.

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NEF+ Impact 



NEF+ Alumni have gone on to create over 200 live businesses, 5,000 jobs, raise £221m in early-stage funding and now have a collective valuation of £630m.




NEF+ alumni have played a pivotal role in driving growth of some of the UK’s most exciting and fastest-growing companies, carving our impressive career paths in the process.



Who you are – Founder



An ambitious founder who has launched (or is about to) launch an MVP, aiming to drive the next stage of your business’ growth. You’re looking to simultaneously drive strategy and execution, and develop your leadership skills to maximise your personal impact.

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“NEF provided me with such a great community, including its alumni who were already running their own business. Many of them are so similarly ambitious and it makes conversations so easy to start.” – Yang Liu, Class of 2018. CEO & Co-Founder, Just Wears.



Who you are – Entrepreneurial Talent

A rising star in your company with leadership potential and a desire to drive more impact. You’re looking for a hybrid development programme – to help you develop your leadership skills, whilst giving you an entrepreneurial perspective on your company’s high-priority challenges.

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“NEF was invaluable to my professional development providing the training and network to accelerate my career. I’m currently working in Expedia as a Product Manager, and many of the learnings I had on the program are applied on a daily basis. I thoroughly recommend NEF to all those looking to gain an edge” – Harry Nightingall, Class of 2018. Product Manager at Expedia.


Date & Time

6 months (part-time), starting April 2022.

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Delivered by the Centre for Entrepreneurs

The Centre for Entrepreneurs is the UK’s leading entrepreneurship foundation. NEF+ is the latest version of the NEF programme, which has been running for 10 years, supporting the development of the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.



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