How we think about diversity and inclusion at Entrepreneur First

  • Diversity of thought leads to more innovative and creative problem solving
  • As we are producing a significant percentage of the world’s founders, we have a responsibility to build a diverse cohort
  • A diverse EF team is vital if we want to build a diverse cohort
  • Diversity creates a more stimulating and rewarding place to work bringing together different points of view, opinions and life experiences
  • All job descriptions using a bias decoder, such as this, to examine how language affects who applies to the role.
  • Diverse shortlists when hiring. Research shows the odds of hiring a minority candidate were 193.72 times greater if there were at least two minority candidates in the finalist pool.
  • Advertising for all roles, instead of relying on finding people within our network. This doesn’t mean we don’t recruit from our network, this is still a valuable talent pool, but it means that we have fair and open applications for all positions. We support this by sourcing diverse candidates who are underrepresented in the applicant pool.
  • Making the majority of internal positions open for application and conducting an internal interview process.
  • Application targets. We use active sourcing for underrepresented groups to ensure our application pool is as balanced as possible
  • Targeted digital marketing with a range of messages to appeal to different audiences and to reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Offline events for target groups. We have breakfasts, speaker series and community events to bring target audiences to the EF offices around the world.
Code First: Girls in action

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Co-founder of EF (@join_ef) and Code First: Girls. We pioneered a new model of talent investing where we support world class technologists to build startups.

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Co-founder of EF (@join_ef) and Code First: Girls. We pioneered a new model of talent investing where we support world class technologists to build startups.

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