Accelerating ambitious Founders to grow their business


Our next Founder Cohort begins in April 2023 with a mission to create the next generation of entrepreneurial talent and future leaders.

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. 

NEF+ is highly selective programme with only a limited number of places available for each cohort.

The programme is designed for early stage founders pre-funding who have already found some traction with their business or idea, who are now looking  for example to:

  • Get investment-ready and build the right network to succeed
  • Make their first hires/scale a team in the next 12 months
  • 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.

Why join NEF+?


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. 

Our results talk for themselves with NEF+ Alumni having had huge success, including:

  • 260+ live businesses with a cumulative value over £700 million
  • Raising more than £240 million in funding
  • Creating more than 5,300 jobs.

Programme Structure

NEF+ is delivered by successful experienced entrepreneurs. The programmes content is divided across 6 key cycles and includes fortnightly in-person workshops and events where the cohort meet to learn and share experiences.

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:

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


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 member of the cohort.

Our Class of Autumn 2023 cohort begins in April 2023 (part-time, 6 months) 
Applications close on the 20th April.


NEF+ is delivered by CFE, the UK’s leading entrepreneurial charity.

Due to the generosity of our donors, mentors and coaches we are able to significantly subsidise the cost of the programme from £10,000 actual cost of delivery to:

April 2023 fee – £3000

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


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 400+ alumni community that has built 260+ ventures, now collectively worth £700m

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