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2 - 3 September 2020
ExCel Exhibition Centre,

The Marketplace for Business Ready Startups during London Tech Week

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As the flagship startup event of London Tech Week, Elevating Founders enables high potential Seed and Series A tech startups exclusive access to curated investors and the enterprise marketplace at TechXLR8, where tech is transforming business.


After close consultation with our partners and advisors, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming TechXLR8 & London Tech Week festival in June until 2-10th September this year. The experience and the health and safety of our customers, partners and staff always come first to us in the delivery of our events, and the global situation with Covid-19 means we can no longer deliver the festival experience in June. We understand there may be questions following this announcement. Please contact TechXLR8@informa.com for further information.

Elevating Founders in Numbers

of the UK's Highest Potential Startups and Scaleups on Show
Investor and Startup Meetings in Investor Green Room
Attendees Across TechXLR8
Pitch Off's
By both Startups and Scaleups
International Pavilion Zone
Elevating Founders, Powered by the Founders Forum is the headline startup event of London Tech Week

Who's eligible to apply for Elevating Founders?

Elevating Founders is open to startups and scaleups by application only and judged by the London Tech Week leadership team. 

Successful startups and scaleups will be rewarded with exhibition space at Elevating Founders and a spot to pitch your product or service in front of judges including London Tech Week ambassadors, leading corporate and private investors/VCs and leading enterprises at the forefront of digital transformation.

Startup Criteria
  • Seed level of funding under £5 million
  • 1-10 employees
  • Under 3 years in business
Scaleup Criteria
  • Series A+ level of funding under £15 million
  • 10+ employees
  • 20% YOY revenue growth over 3 years

Elevating Founders Focus Areas

  • AgTech
  • ClimateTech/Sustainability
  • EdTech/Future of Work
  • FinTech
  • HealthTech
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • RetailTech/Customer Experience
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Energy
  • Smart Mobility
  • SpaceTech
  • Telecoms
  • 5G
  • AI
  • AR/VR
  • Blockchain
  • Cloud Computing
  • Edge Computing
  • IoT
  • Quantum Computing
  • Wireless


  • Exhibition space at Elevating Founders in the heart of TechXLR8
  • Meet investors, VCs and CVCs and secure funding on the show floor
  • Compete in our Pitch-Off, judged by London Tech Week ambassadors and leading investors
  • Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings with the investors you've always wanted to meet
  • Get the media and press coverage you've been looking for
  • Access to the UK's top Startups/Scaleups as chosen by London Tech Week and Founders Forum
  • Save time with the complete Elevating Founders investor guide, curated by Founders Forum
  • Personalised matchmaking service and 1-2-1 meetings with the startups/scaleups of your choice
  • Be part of TechXLR8
  • Witness the future of technology unfold on stage at the Elevating Founders Pitch-Off
  • Experience the entire ecosystem of TechXLR8
  • Fantastic networking opportunities on the show floor

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