The UK's only start-up graduate programme

​A selective programme that trains and matches you with the most exciting start-ups.

About the programme

Jumpstart cohorts run every 1-2 months and there are two parts to the programme:

Part 1. Finding your start-up role

There are just 4 weeks from kick-off to offer:

Week 1: 40 start-up pitches - meet 40 of the most exciting, impactful and well-funded start-ups pitching their opportunities directly to you and your cohort in 15 minute sessions. You decide which ones fit best.

Week 2: interactive training 
to help you smash your interviews and thrive from day one in the job. Find out more here.

Week 3&4: you'll have your start-up interviews. From interviewing technique to salary negotiation, the Jumpstart team will be on hand to support you.

Part 2. Ongoing support

Join our community:

After you receive an offer, you’ll join our fast-growing alumni network.

You'll get access to our calendar of events throughout the year, including:

  • Socials & networking 

  • Top-up training

  • 1-1 mentorship from brilliant people across the start-up ecosystem

Currently in work?

Our programme is flexible for those in work. On-demand resources and recorded start-up pitches make the programme fully accessible for those in work, and your new start-up role will only start when the time is right for you.

Benefits of the programme

£27-40k + equity.

Starting salary (plus equity). Most of our start-ups are VC-backed.

Flip the job hunt.

Stop the endless scroll and have 40+ start-ups pitch to you.

Access to stealth

Open the door to roles that you can't find anywhere else.

Find your place.

1-1 support on choosing the start-up and role that fits your skill set.

Join the community.

Join 100+ peers who have been there, done that and love to offer support.

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"Jumpstart helped me find a company and role where I feel challenged and encouraged to find and do what I'm passionate about"


Alex, Product at Thirdfort

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Case studies

Click on the photos below to meet some of our Jumpstart alumni:

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joined Lick in

Aug 2020



joined Beam in

Jan 2021

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joined Quell in

Oct 2020



joined Honest Mobile in Jan 2021



joined Patch in

March 2021

Click on the start-ups to learn more about where some of our Jumpstart alumni work:

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What type of role might you go into?

Most people don’t know exactly what role they want to go into – and that’s okay! A core part of our programme will help you decide what might be the best fit for you. See below for a few examples of typical roles:

Founder's Associate / Generalist

This is one of the most popular roles because it involves working hand in hand with the Founder on important strategic initiatives. It is an exceptional training ground because you get exposure to the entire business - whether that be in marketing, operations, sales, product, strategy and so on. Over time, you will specialise and likely become part of the senior leadership within a couple of years.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people with 0-2 years experience (who graduated in 2019 onwards), or students in their final year looking for a role after they graduate. If you are a bit more experienced than this, check out our career switching programme here. If you’re currently working, the scheme is flexible so that you can apply for and complete the programme without giving up your current job.

International students can apply if they do not require corporate sponsorship, as per the government’s Graduate Immigration Route. 

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How do I apply to Jumpstart?

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Apply with CV
(30 secs)

Online test

(30 minutes)

Video interview
(45 minutes)

We remember how longwinded and painful the application process can be for grad schemes, so we’ve made this one as painless as possible. You can apply in 30 seconds with your CV. 

Tip: find out how to tailor your CV to the criteria start-ups are looking for here. We only invite you to the following rounds if we think you have a high probability of success. 

We’ll try to get back to you as soon as we can. At the moment, you should expect to hear from us within a month of the cohort start date you applied for.

See here for some FAQs.