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Elevating Founders

BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF DIVERSE AND PURPOSE DRIVEN TECH FOUNDERS

The UK's future founders competition for 18-25 year olds

Applications deadline is on Friday 22 April 2022

WHAT IS THE F FACTOR?

The F Factor is a UK-wide startup competition underpinned with active entrepreneurship education for under 25 year old to harness cutting-edge innovation and shape them into solutions for the World’s most pressing problems. 

The F Factor provides young aspiring entrepreneurs with tools, skills-training and context to bring their ideas to life and gives the opportunities to collaborate with like-minded peers and to work experience.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible you must be based in the UK and be aged between 18 and 25 by the time the competition starts and until the National Final.

Startup Eligibility

  • You have to be a “future founder”. This means you can run an existing startup as long as you are not running it full-time. We consider part-time founder anyone who in addition to running their startup is:
  • Enrolled in University
  • Employed in a full-time job
  • Doing another activity besides their startup to earn money

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

A quick form to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to enter The F Factor. Fill this form via the "Apply now" button.

Eligibility Form

A quick form to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to enter The F Factor. Fill this form via the "Apply now" button.

Submission Form

Once you have passed the eligibility form, you will be sent the form to submit your idea, prototype and video pitch.

Need help?

The F Factor will host 1 workshops to help you with your application questions and a Q&A before the deadline.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Apply for the F Factor to have the opportunity to pitch at Elevating Founders Europe, part of London Tech Week.

IDEA

Find a problem and frame your idea

You are interested in starting a startup but not sure about what you want to build? You have startup ideas but not sure how to explain them? This milestone will help you to choose the right problem to solve and to explain it in a simple way. 

PROTOTYPE

Bring your idea to life by building your prototype

Now that you have a solid idea, it is time to build a more advanced version of your Prototype. At this stage, we still don’t require a fully functional Prototype, there are several tools that can allow you to build a seemingly working prototype and this milestone will show you how.

VIDEO

Present your idea in your final pitch video

You now have a clear idea and have built the final version of your product. You now need to be able to present it properly. What we want to understand here is the problem that your product solves, what is the journey that led you to the latest version of your prototype and why this particular idea and product can turn into a company in which brings real value to the end users and can have a great impact.

WHAT DO YOU WIN?

Start your adventure - Factor entrepreneurship into your future

CASH

£10,000 for the National Winners and £1,000 for the Regional Winners

MENTORSHIP

Individual mentorship and coaching from the Regional Semi-finals

EXPOSURE

A chance to get your start-up exhibited in Elevating Founders @London Tech Week

The Competition

All you need to know about the FFactor

Learn By Doing

Go from an idea to building a product thanks to our resources and workshops

5 Regions

Compete first in your region and try to reach the National finals @ Elevating Founders

4 Rounds

Online qualifiers, regional semi-finals pitch day and national final

Workshops

1 workshop session to help you complete your application + a mentoring pitch workshop session for the semi-finalists!

Pitch training

1 on 1 pitch training for and National Final!

Q&A

Q&A sessions with the F Factor team!