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Elevating Founders

Empowering the world’s most ambitious founders

Elevating Founders is a free programme for promising business-ready start-ups and scale-ups 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 start-up, submit your application for a chance to win a place at our final pitch-off Elevating Founders Europe at London Tech Week.

12th - 14th June 2023 | Queen Elizabeth II Centre


Elevating Founders Semi-Final 2023 Highlights

Ahead of London Tech Week, this event showcased the shortlisted start-ups for the Elevating Founders Europe Semi Final - the pitch event to decide who will make it through to the Elevating Founders Final at London Tech Week this June (12 - 14th). 

Save your place at London Tech Week to watch the final pitch-off live! 

Sponsorship and partnership queries info@londontechweek.com


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 start-ups and scale-ups with exclusive access to investors and VCs across the world's leading tech festivals.

Start-up 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 start-ups for London Tech Week)

Scale-up 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 2023

Key dates:

  • Applications close on Friday 17th March at 6pm
  • London Tech Week's team will shortlist the best entries to go to the second stage and pitch for our expert judges on Monday 24th April in London. The finalists going to the pitch-off at London Tech Week will be announced at the end of the judging day.
  • All selected finalists are expected to attend the final pitch-off competition taking place from the 12th - 14th June 2023 at the QEII Centre.

Phase 1

  • Fill in the application form by providing:
    • General information about the current stage of your start-up / scale-up.
    • A 250 word description to share with judges and investors.
    • Your company logo.
    • A 3 minute pitch video.
  • Applications close on Friday 17th of March.
  • If you're selected to go to the judging day our team will contact you.

Phase 2

  • The last pitching event will take place during Elevating Founders at London Tech Week from 12th - 14th of 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/
  • If you would like to exhibit at London Tech Week, please email us via info@londontechweek.com