The Competition


  • 09/09/2020 - 29/01/21

    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. These are the steps of the application:
    1. Eligibility form – this ensures you meet all the criteria to enter the competition.
    2. Submission form – you submit your idea, prototype and video pitch
    If you need help, you can attend our online interactive workshops (more info in our events page).

    Participants have until 29th of January, 2021 to enter their online submission.

  • February 27, 2021

    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 have completed a form cofirming their spot in the Regional Semi-Finals.

  • 23rd March to 31st March 2021

    Regional Finals

    An online pitch event in front of judges and a big audience

    For each of the 5 regions, we will organise an evening online event where the 5 regional finalists will pitch in front of a panel of seasoned local entrepreneurs.
    Here are the dates of the Regional Finals:
    1. Scotland & Northern Ireland – 23/03/21, 2. North East & North West – 24/03/21, 3. Wales, Midlands & Eastern – 25/03/21, 4. South East & South West – 30/03/21, 5. Greater London – 31/03/21

    1 winner per region will be chosen

  • June 14, 2021

    National Final

    Pitching live at Founders of the Future Forum London

    The 5 regional winners will present in front of a panel of Rockstar judges during the annual Founders of the Future Forum London in front of an audience made of the most successful future founders and some of the best tech entrepreneurs in Europe.

    The winner will be crowned The F Factor 2021 National Winner and take £10,000 in equity-free cash for their startup idea.



In order to be eligible you must be aged between 18 and 25 by the time the competition starts and until the National Final and be based in the UK. At the moment, The F Factor is only open in the UK.

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.
- Is employed in a full-time. job
- Is doing another activity than their startup to earn money.

The Steps

Step 1

Select a problem and frame your idea

Step 2

Submit the final prototype of your product

Step 3

Submit your final
pitch in video