The Competition

Timeline

  • Online Qualifiers

    Submit your idea online

    The Online Qualifiers is when you submit your application for The F Factor. The 3 key elements of your application are your idea, your prototype and your video pitch. Connect to our platform where you can choose the Normal Track that guides you step by step through 5 Milestones or the Fast Track where you can do your whole submission in one go.

    Participants have until 25th of January, 2020 to enter their online submission.

  • February 8, 2020
  • Regional Finals

    A pitch event in front of local judges and a live audience

    In each of the 5 regions, we will organise an evening event where the 8 regional finalists will pitch in front of a panel of seasoned local entrepreneurs. The Regional Finals will take place in Edinburgh (9/03), Manchester (10/03), Birmingham (11/03), London (12/03) and Bristol (13/03)

    1 winner per region and per category. Each regional winner will win £1,000 in equity-free cash and the chance to represent their region in the National Finals.

  • March 28, 2020
  • 19-25 National Final

    Pitching live at Founders Forum London

    The 5 regional winners will present in front of a panel of Rockstar judges during Founders Forum London in front of an audience made of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in Europe.

    They will aim to be crowned The F Factor 19-25 year olds national champion and to win £10,000 in equity-free cash.

     

  • 14/10/2019 - 25/01/2020
  • Regional-Semi Finals

    Pitch in front of experts via video call

    The Regional-Semi Finals are live online video pitch and q&a in front of a panel of judges of expert who will be located in Founders of the Future HQ.

    Prior to this, The Regional Semi-Finalists will be competing against participant will have the chance to go through training calls with the Founders of the Future team

  • 9th to 13th March 2020
  • 14-18 National Final

    A pitch event in front of 150+ people

    The 5 14-18 year olds regional winners will present in front of a panel of Rockstar judges during a standalone event in London in front of an audience of 150+ people.

    This will be their chance to be crowned The F Factor 14-18 year olds national champion and to win £10,000 in equity-free cash.

     

  • June 11, 2020

Eligibility

In order to be eligible you must be aged between one of the two age bracket, by the time of the respective National Finals (see dates above).
We have 5 regions (1. Scotland & Northern Ireland, 2. North East, North West and Yorkshire, 3. Midland, Wales and Eastern, 4. Greater London, 5. South East & South West) and you will be asked to chose the region you are based at when doing your application.
At the moment, The F Factor is only open in the UK.

The Application Process

Normal Track

You only have an idea and you need help to bring
it to life. Or you may not have an idea yet.
Anyway, you would like guidance on how to
come up with a good idea and help developing it.

You will need to go through Milestones 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Fast Track

You already have an idea and a prototype for it.
You may even be in startup stage already.
One thing is sure, you don't need guidance
and are ready to showcase your work.

You will only need to go through milestones 1, 4 and 5.

The Milestones

Milestone 1

Select a problem and frame your idea

Milestone 2

Bring your idea to life by building your first mockup

Milestone 3

Talk to users/customers and collect feedback

Milestone 4

Submit the final prototype of your product

Milestone 5

Submit your final
pitch in video

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