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Founder's Associate Program

Where top graduates and early-career professionals join a high-growth start-up in Europe, get upskilled next to working full-time and join a community of peers

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Mark, 25 • Berlin
Web3 Fin-Tech
Karla, 21 • London
Climate B2B
Celine, 23 • London
Healthcare B2C
12-month training
£40k average salary
Role-specific training
Start-ups in Europe

Join top talents working at

Plant Jammer
Early Stage
5 - 25 Employees
$1MN - $5MN Funding
Cajoo
Mid Stage
26 - 100 Employees
$5MN - $50MN Funding
Cred
Late Stage
101 - 500 Employees
$51MN - $500MN Funding
Cabify
Unicorn
501+ Employees
$500MN+ Funding

the work and learn Founder's Associate Program

We are the only structured Founder's Associate Program where the most talented graduates and early-career professionals come together to launch their careers in the best start-ups out there

How does the Founder's Associate start-up program work?

01

Get matched and work at an A* start-up

After applying, top talents will be matched with a start-up that fits their preferences and personal goals

02

Get upskilled next to working full-time

For 12 months, top talents receive ~2 hours of role-specific training per week next to working full-time at the start-up

03

Join a local and global community

Top talents go through their start-up journey in training cohorts of 25 and interact with a global community through networking and socials

Karla

LSE, London / Remote
Interested in:
Climate
Fin-Tech
B2B

Matched with

Digital Marketing 101

Optimising SEO

A new way of launching your career in the start-up space

We combine the upsides of a start-up with the learning & career development opportunities of a typical corporate job

Hyphen Founder's Associate Program
Joining a
start-up without us
Typical corporate
job
£40k average salary
Join A* start-ups
12-months of role-specific-training next to working full time
Learn together with up to 25 other top talents
Join a world-clocal and global community
1:1 mentorship from industry-experts

Hear what our testimonials have to say

We already matched & trained over 350 top talents from all around the world

Having studied Social Science at uni, I wasn't sure about working as a Founder's Associate since it's quite analytical. But I love it! The training by Hyphen helped me hit the ground running at work

Thea - LSE '20

One month into the program I already felt I made life-long friends. Because we all have our trainings together, there is a feeling of community between us despite working at different companies

Pete - Oxford '19

Hyphen matched me with 5 different start-ups that I interviewed with. I really liked all 5 of them, but finally went with Matter since I felt like their culture fit well with me

Maria - LBS '20

Having studied a social science at Uni, I wasn't sure about working as a Business Analyst since it's quite technical. But I love it! The training by Menon helped me hit the ground running at work..

Thea, LSE '20

One month into the Program I already felt I made life-long friends. Because we all have our trainings together, there is a feeling of community between us despite working at different companies.

Pete, Oxford '19

Menon matched me with 3 different start-ups that I interviewed with. I really liked all 3 of them, but finally went with Matter since I felt like their culture fit well with me.

Maria, LBS '20
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FAQs

Here are some topics you might find interesting

Why should I apply?

You should apply if
1) you are looking for a dynamic environment where you can make an impact from day one and
2) you might not be sure whether working at a big corporate is the right choice for you.
3) you want to work directly with founders and C-Level on the most pressing issues.

Start-ups are incredibly varied. Our start-ups range from early stage (<10 employees) to unicorns (>500 employees) from different industries, so there is something for everyone.

Who is the Founder's Associate Program for?

It’s for top graduates and early career professionals (0 to 3 years experience) that consider launching their career at a top start-up, while at the same time preparing their skills for the future of work.

We encourage Bachelor, Masters, MBA and PhD graduates to apply for our programs as we offer roles that require different levels of experience. Note, that the average salary of £40k is a benchmark for graduates of Bachelor and Master Degrees. MBA and PhD graduates will be able to earn significantly more.

We also encourage early career professionals who are working in Consulting, Investment Banking or VC to apply to our program.

In general, we look for the best talents that have shown their abilities at a high level. They might have excelled in academia, shown great leadership like a president position at a student society, have completed rigorous internships or full-time jobs (e.g. Investment Banking, Consulting etc).

What kind of start-ups may I be matched with?

It varies! But all of them are industry-defining start-ups with investment from leading VCs.

To make sure that we have the right start-up for every graduate, we have different start-ups at different growth stages and industries.

Our start-ups range from early stage (<20 employees) to unicorns (>1000 employees) with everything in between.

They’re also spread between different industries, such as Climate-Tech, Fin-Tech, Future of Work etc.

What type of roles are available?

For our first cohorts, our start-ups offer only the role of a Founder's Associate but soon we will a wide range of business roles (such as Business Development, Business Analyst/ Business Intelligence, Operations and Generalist/ Founders Associate)

Can I apply if I haven't graduated yet?

Yes! We accept applications from final year students that will have graduated when a cohort starts. Penultimate year students can join our waitlist, but also visit our on-campus events if they want to find out more about start-ups.

If you are only ready to start working later than that, you can sign-up to our waitlist.

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The Founder's Associate Program is free of charge for graduates and early-career professionals. If accepted into the program and matched with a start-up you will be upskilled next to working full-time for 12-months