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September 2021
ExCel Exhibition CentreLondon

September 2021
ExCel Exhibition Centre,

Elevating Founders

The Marketplace for Business Ready Startups during London Tech Week

Powered by Founders Forum

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.

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.

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 London Tech Week
  • Meet investors, VCs and CVCs and secure funding at the event
  • Compete in our Pitch-Off, judged by London Tech Week ambassadors and leading investors
  • 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
  • 1-2-1 meetings with the startups/scaleups of your choice facilitated by AI matchmaking
  • Be part of London Tech Week


  • Witness the future of technology unfold at the Elevating Founders Pitch-Off
  • Experience the entire ecosystem of London Tech Week
  • Fantastic networking opportunities