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European Founder's Associate Program

Work full-time at a high-growth start-up as a Founder's Associate while learning the full-stack business skills together with other top talents from all over Europe

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12-month long training
£40k average salary
Global community
Pre-seed to Unicorn

Join top talents working at

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

What the Founder's Associate Program will offer you

Matching & Working

Tell us your preferences, get matched and start working at as start-up that fits you


Next to working full-time, get 12-months of additional training in full-stack business skills


Become a member of a global community with regular socials and networking sessions

Matching & Working

Get matched with a top start-up and start working full-time there as a Founder's Associate

Based on your preference we will match you with up to 5 start-ups (who also want to speak with you) that will interview with.


Tell us your preferences

After telling us about your motivation, and industry-preferences, we will find the most suitable start-ups for you


Interview with your matches

You will interview with up to 3 start-ups that also want to get to know you closer


Join the best fitting start-up

Available roles

Founder's Associate


Tasks are varied and broad and may range from researching market expansion opportunities, analysing data and creating automations to client development.*


All Degrees


General business skills (nothing specific required)

Why Doing It:

Ideal role for anyone who wants to become a founder themselves

* Note: the final job specifics and responsibilities depends on the job description of the start-up


What will I learn in the 12-month training program?

In 12 months, we will equip you with a range of essential business skills ranging from Financial Analysis to No Code Automation Tools. They will be taught in 3 modules that last 4 months each, kicking off with a 20-hour bootcamp before your first day of work.

Before Starting Work

Pre-Placement Bootcamp

To get you ready for work, you will have an intensive bootcamp learning basic skills like problem-solving, effective communications etc

Phase I

Operations & Financial Analysis

You will learn about Accounting, how to analyse a market and common Tools like Excel, Powerpoint

Phase II

Digital Marketing & Sales

You will learn about Digital Marketing (like Google Ads), Search Engine Optimisation and interactions between marketing and sales

Phase III

No Code Tools & Automations

You will learn about No-Code tools to automate processes but also to build entire products and websites like Bubble

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What are the Training Modules?

2-Day Bootcamp
Peer LEarning Sessions
Expert Learning Sessions
Fireside Chats


2-Day Bootcamp
Operations & Financial Analysis



Peer Learning Session
1:1 with another Fellow


Fireside Chats
Fireside Chat with a high-profile guest


Expert Learning Sessions
Topic-specific workshop with an industry expert


2-Day Bootcamp
Digital Marketing & Sales



2-Day Bootcamp
No Code Tools & Automation




Expert Learning Sessions
Topic-specific workshop with an industry expert


2-Day Bootcamp
Pre-Placement Bootcamp

Join a life-long community to grow your career together with

After the mini-bootcamp, you'll continue to engage with other top talents even outside of your trainings. As a cohort, you will stick and bond together even if you're working at different companies. through regular networking and social events.

1:1 curated connections with other peers

Virtual mixxers

Side projects with peers

In-person events in major cities

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Pre-Placement Bootcamp

2-days before starting work, you will get training in basic skills like communication and problem solving

Your First Workday

You should be excited about the skills you learn and network you build in the next year

Ongoing for 12 months


You will be trained in the skills to succeed in the business world

Ongoing for 12 months

Community Events!

As part of a global community, you will have regular events with other talents

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

Apply to the Founder's Associate Program

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

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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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