The New Entrepreneurs’ Foundation


Simon Phelan, NEF Fellow 2012“One of the most worthwhile year of my life.”
“Describing the NEF as life-changing is an understatement. NEF has given me the opportunity to learn from the best, build a vital support network, and has ignited a greater entrepreneurial spark in me than I ever knew existed. It’s been one of the most worthwhile years of my life.”

Kevin Robinson, NEF Fellow 2012“A life changing experience.”
“NEF has provided me with the necessary education to start and grow a large business. Being given the opportunity to work with a leading entrepreneur and CEO has given me the skills needed to manage a large business and opened up a priceless network for me going forward.”

An opportunity for first-hand experienceSpend a year working within entrepreneurial teams at innovative organisations, and in many cases with direct access to the CEO and the senior management teams, supporting them on important initiatives and gaining valuable insight into how business works.

An opportunity to learn from the best
You will learn about the challenges of business from some of the most outstanding entrepreneurs in this country, such as Brent Hoberman (co-founder,, Julien Callede (co-founder,, Dido Harding (CEO, Talk Talk), Xavier Rolet (CEO, London Stock Exchange), Dr. Hermann Hauser CBE (co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners), Marcia Kilgore (founder, Bliss, FlitFlop & the Soap & Glory range), Sir Charles Dunstone (co-founder, The Carphone Warehouse), Demetrios Zoppos (co-founder, Onefinestay), Malcolm Bell (co-founder, Zaggora), Joe Cohen (founder, Seatwave), Lord Young of Graffham (enterprise advisor to the Prime Minister), to name a few.
Learn how to deal with risk, opportunity and changing markets. Receive training in entrepreneurial finance, marketing and strategy from leading business schools and specialist providers. Gain an invaluable experience in your career and business development.

An opportunity to build an invaluable network
A combination of work experience as a team member in entrepreneurial teams within innovative organisations and our monthly networking events will provide a unique networking opportunity for you. You will meet some very inspirational people who would become an invaluable part of your network.
The network you build at the NEF will become your vital support group and a safety net to support.

An executive coach to guide you in the right direction
An executive coach from a carefully selected panel will support your learning and challenge your thinking throughout the programme. In a coach you will find a guide, a confidante and an extra support system to hand-hold you through the challenging times.

Business mentors to be your champions
Throughout the programme, you will meet and get advice from personal mentors who are successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors. They become a sounding board to test your business ideas and strategies. Experts in their respective fields, mentors provide you with honest and actionable feedback on your ventures ideas.

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