Entrepreneur First does things a little differently. The incubator selects purely on the basis of technical talent. Unlike other programmes that look at the startups themselves and not necessarily those involved, Entrepreneur First focuses on the people, their skills and nurturing their talent.

Set up by Matt Clifford and Alice Bentink, fresh from working at management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co., EF are based at Workspace's Bermondsey home - The Biscuit Factory - and has supported 300 founders to build 75 tech companies now valued at over $500m.

Entrepreneur First's officesLocated a stone's throw from Bermondsey Station, at The Biscuit Factory

Entrepreneur First members have worked in fields as diverse as drones, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, Bitcoin and marketplaces and they’re always in the news. For example, property startup Spacious, part of their last cohort, closed £500,000 in seed funding in a round led by Spire Ventures (read more here) and this summer Magic Pony Technology was acquired by Twitter for a cool ~$150million.

Applications for EF8 and EF9 (based in London) are now open; and you can read more about the selection process here.

To apply for the programme you must have studied (or studying with a 2015 graduation) a technical degree, be working in a technical role within a company, or be a self-taught hacker. Find out more here.

Follow Entrepreneur First on Twitter @efLDN to keep up to date with the application process.