NEF+ supports ambitious individuals to build powerful businesses.


Are you an early-stage founder showing strong, promising traction?

You might have:

  • Identified a problem that you are passionate about solving
  • Found a competitive advantage ((e.g. domain expertise / team / solution) to tackle it
  • Begun generating revenue or building your customer base, uncovering new questions of how to set the right foundations for a high-growth business

You might be coming back to the same personal challenges:

You currently feel that you:

  • Would benefit from an expert support system and a growing founder community
  • See gaps in your personal growth and want to invest in yourself
  • ‘Don’t know what you don’t know’ and are curious to discover them
  • Are experiencing decision fatigue and want to bounce off your ideas with people from different experiences and diverse backgrounds

And you have the ambitions to go further, so that your business can too:

You’ve ambitious goals in the next 6-12 months to:

  • Make your first hires/scale your team in the next 12 months
  • Get investment-ready and build the right network to succeed
  • Sell yourself, your ideas and the vision of the company to stakeholders, customers and partners.
  • Generate sustainable, recurring revenue to finally go full-time on your business
  • Build / strengthen your strategy and leadership skills to deliver on your vision for your company




NEF+ is a six-month programme that provides founders with the education, support and network to take their ambitions further. Designed by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. 


📅 Applications for our Class of Autumn 2023 cohort (starting April 2023) are closing at the end of March.



Our methodology

Designed and iterated over 10 years, our core learning programme immerses you into a peer-driven environment that normalises the entrepreneurial culture of constant iteration, reflection and execution. 

We structure it into 6 cycles, covering business fundamentals, that is delivered by seasoned entrepreneurs. We also embed these cycles with presentation days as progress checkpoints and chances to tap into your cohort for support. 

Our NEF+ selection filter ensures that you’ll grow and develop alongside a cohort of founders from all backgrounds and professional experiences.


We also supercharge your NEF+ journey by:


🔗 Questions? Get in touch with our Founder Talent Lead at


Application process

Our NEF+ selection process is designed to discover your entrepreneurial intent and ambition, and whether you’ve got the “right mindset” to be a successful cohort member.


Our Class of Autumn 2023 cohort begins in April 2023 (part-time, 6 months) 
Applications will close at the end of March.


Full fee

NEF+ is delivered by CFE, the UK’s leading entrepreneurial charity. The standard programme fee is £3,000. This represents amazing value, as the full programme value is around £10,000 per participant. Our status as a charity means that we can utilise our philanthropic support to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Additional support for underrepresented founders

NEF+ has a proud record of supporting founders from under-represented groups, who might face barriers in accessing development programmes like NEF+. As part of our charitable mission, we are able to provide fee assistance on a case-by-case basis. To learn more, reach out to our Founder Talent Lead at

NEF+ impact

Since 2010, we’ve supported over 350+ individuals who’ve gone on to build 170+ live businesses, that are now collectively valued at £620 million.

Whether success means a Series D raise, an Exit or bootstrapped venture that’s grown into a profitable and scaling business, we’ve seen NEF+ create compounding value for founders at every stage of their growth, during and after the programme.


Read some of our alumni stories:

  • How Nikita Thakrar’s (2012) Included VC is diversifying the VC space with partners like HSBC and Notion Capital → Read more
  • Apple’s ‘App of the Day’: Maud Millar’s (2019) founding story of the rising EdTech app, Adapt, built alongside fellow NEF+ alum Sarah Elizabeth Peters → Read more
  • Yang Liu’s comfortwear brand has made it to Kickstarter and Dragons Den → Read more


Beyond the programme: support to take you further



Your NEF+ development journey doesn’t stop when you graduate – alumni benefits include:

Exclusive events

  • Pitch events with angel investors from our CFE network
  • Exclusive partner event access, including London Tech Week and other Founders Forum events
  • Wider CFE and NEF+ mixer events

Support at every step of your growth

  • Exclusive, free access to Founders Revenue Academy to build your sales skills (worth £5,000/year)
  • Lifetime membership as NEF+ alumni, giving you access to our 350+ alumni community that has built 170+ ventures, now collectively worth £620m


💬 Follow what our NEF+ network’s been up to!