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Why I joined Antler, according to Xailient co-founder Shivy Yohanandan

2020. What a year.

While the year has presented many challenges, it has also revealed many opportunities and forced people across the world to re-evaluate life priorities and goals.

If you’ve found yourself in this position and you want to make the most out of 2021 by finally launching your next company, you should apply to Antler to join our January cohort.

Last year, Shivy Yohanandan did just this. He had a PhD in AI, DeepTech experience building Australia’s first bionic eye, and a great idea powered by his own research… but needed the means to turn all it into a business.

He took the leap and applied to Antler, where he met three times exited founder Lars Oleson, who later became his co-founder.

Now, their business, Xailient, is a global success with 12 employees across North America, Asia, Australia and Europe, and has raised a whopping total of USD$2.2m in funding.

The Antler platform maximises your opportunity to succeed. From reducing risk by building superior co-founder teams to providing deep business model validation, Antler supports founders from day one and builds a long-term investor relationship with our portfolio companies. Our platform leverages the world’s largest dataset on early-stage founder success to evaluate and support exceptional people and ideas, and propel them to success.

Shivy was looking for a platform with an extensive network that would help him achieve his goal of commercialising his research.

The value he got from Antler was far greater than the reason he joined…

And he encourages anyone else, who is in a similar position to what he was in, to apply.

“Don’t try and do things yourself,” he says.

“Instead of being a small cog in a big machine, trying to build someone else’s dream… go out there and start your own company.”

Applications for Antler’s January 2021 cohort close mid-December. Apply now to secure your place, and start building your next company in the New Year.

This article was co-written by Sarah Kimmorley, Director of Communications at Antler, and Adele Moynihan, Director of Recruiting at Antler.

Antler enables exceptional people to create exceptional companies. If you want to become a startup founder, find the perfect co-founder and create impactful companies to shape the future, apply now and begin your Antler journey.

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