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Elevating Founders

London Tech Week's Pitch-off Competition

Elevating Founders is a free programme for promising business-ready startups to pitch to investors, exhibit to buyers and network at the world's largest Tech festivals. ​If you're a high potential Seed or Series A startup, apply now for a chance to join this exclusive programme and be championed as a leading Founder of the Future.

Elevating Founders Europe will take place at London Tech Week 13 - 17th June


Spinning out of London Tech Week and Founders Forum, Elevating Founders is on a mission to empower future & early-stage founders focused on solving the world's biggest challenges.

Through our global programme, we enable high potential startups and scaleups exclusive access to curated investors and VCs across the world's leading tech festivals, including London Tech Week, Asia Tech X and Africa Tech Festival.

Startup Criteria

  • Seed funding under £5 million (or local equivalent)
  • 1 - 10 employees
  • Under 3 years in business
  • Based in Festival's host region (ie. Europe based startups for London Tech Week)

Scaleup Criteria

  • Series A funding under £15 million (or local equivalent)
  • 10+ employees
  • 20% YOY revenue growth over 3 years
  • Based in Festival's host region (ie. Europe based startups for London Tech Week)

Application Process Elevating Founders Europe 2022

Key dates:

  • Applications close on Friday 1st April.
  • If you're selected to go to the final our team will contact you closer to the event 
  • Final pitching London Tech Week 13 - 17 June.

Phase 1

  • Fill in the application form by providing:
    • General information about the current stage of your start-up / scale-up.
    • A description to share with judges and investors.
    • Your company logo.
    • A 3 minute pitch video.
  • Applications close on Friday 1st of April.
  • If you're selected to go to the final pitch-off our team will contact you.

Phase 2

  • The last pitching event will take place during Elevating Founders in June where finalists will get access to investors, industry leaders and other founders.
  • The competition will culminate with the winner being announced at the end of the Elevating Founders event.
  • To attend as a guest register for free at https://londontechweek.com/registration/