The Startup Leadership Program is a global not-for-profit educational program and network for the next generation of founders and entrepreneurs. Founded in Boston in 2006 with a cohort of seven, the program has now educated 3,000 men and women in 18 cities around the world. Our entrepreneurs have created 1,700 companies, raising more than $650M from the world’s leading investors and accelerators with 53 being successfully sold. Admissions for the class of 2018 are now open.

There’s no easy path to take on your start-up journey. No magic pill, no enchanted pitch template, no secret society of investors - there is only you. Your vision, your team, your energy, resilience and focus. 

Making it work isn’t easy.  That’s why less than 1% of start-ups take off.

That said, around 700,000 new businesses were launched in the U.K. in 2017. Most will be small or medium-sized enterprises, run by people just like you. The annual turnover of all these enterprises is c. £1.8 trillion, nearly 50% of all private sector turnover in this country.

So as the world of work continues to change, increasing numbers of people will look to develop their own start-ups. And what they need most is practical advice, moral support and access to those who would help them succeed, which is where we come in.

Each SLP fellow actively participates in six months of intensive peer-to-peer training. We focus on you, the entrepreneur and support you in the creation of your start-up. During this time, you’ll meet many experienced entrepreneurs, executives and investors. SLP fellows, supporters and mentors share a strong sense of purpose and community.

As a result, we’ve had SLP fellows meet and become co-founders, even close their own start-ups to become VCs going in to invest in other fellows – the program is designed to help you focus on what you really want to do, by surrounding yourself with people who can help you do it.

PEER-TO-PEER
INTERNATIONAL
NOT-FOR-PROFIT
PEOPLE FOCUSED

PEER-TO-PEER

We expect significant involvement from all successful candidates. This is a very hands-on program, designed to encourage your entrepreneurial approach. Fellows will co-construct and co-organise the program during the six months of education and across all 18 classes, workshops, simulations and study groups. We call on fellows to actively participate in the development and growth of the community.

INTERNATIONAL

Founded in Boston back in 2006 by Anupendra Sharma, the program began with seven fellows and has now educated over 3,000 entrepreneurs in 18 cities around the world. So far, we are proud to count over 700 women in our network with fellows have starting over 1,700 companies, raising more than $650M from the world’s leading investors and accelerators. 

This year we anticipate admitting a global cohort of around 500 with each fellow having access to our global, multi-cultural network – this is about easily gathering intelligence, making new partnerships and creating a life-long network with peers.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

SLP is the first not-for-profit education program for entrepreneurs. We take no equity but we have a clear and simple mission - that the very best entrepreneurs are among the world’s greatest forces for positive change. In return for helping you, we ask that at the end of the program you commit to use your talent, wealth or resources to help those not as fortunate and able to help themselves. To give back..

We are supported by amazing sponsors and mentors, all of whom, have freely and enthusiastically provided help as speakers, judges, panellists and friends. Many of our returning fellows have founded breakthrough and award-winning start-ups like Lantum, SoPost, Mangahigh, MyBnk, Aire, POQ, ClikD, Secret Sessions, Lernably, The Better Schools Project.

PEOPLE FOCUSED

The program focuses on you, the entrepreneur, rather than your start-up. And our fellows are members for life, wherever their start-ups take them.

SLP is open to all but we are selective in looking for leadership, calibre, openness and ability to contribute to the community. We want to put the best class together in each city, so fellows benefit from diverse experiences and backgrounds. The class environment and culture of our network is really important, as fellows regularly share experiences and challenges in an open and supportive environment.

If you have the ambition required to take your business to the next level, we'd love to hear from you - 2018 applications are now open.