About Us

Founded in 2003, EFN is an international non-profit based in California that is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals tap the power of open entrepreneurial and innovation resources. EFN provides entrepreneurial program development, management and collaboration platforms, and training on several topics including mentoring and coaching, pitching and grant writing.  EFN has served more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, over 100 universities,  40 accelerators, and has the privilege to have over 500 mentors.  EFN has mentored winners in most major, U.S and global competitions.   Teams we have mentored have raised over $3B.

EFN was founded in 2003 at UC Berkeley in “The Startup Company” (E110), an undergraduate mentor-based engineering course where students developed and prototyped products and business models.  Over the years, this course produced over 100 funded startups. The mentoring focus of this course inspired our founders who served as class mentors and lecturers, and 20 mentors to start EFN.

Over the years, EFN has developed deep insight on how and why mentors and entrepreneurs develop thriving relationships and how to develop high impact founders. Today, EFN is a worldwide leader helping universities, accelerators and other organizations build their capacity to design and deliver outstanding mentoring programs.  Learn about our board and advisors.