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Elevating Founders


Applications for Elevating Founders Europe are now open until Friday 22 April 2022

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.


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 country (ie. UK 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 country (ie. UK based startups for London Tech Week)