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

    Participants have until 31st March, 2021 to enter their online submission.

  • June 17, 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.

    The Winner of each region will win £1,000 equity free cash for their startups and together with the runner ups will go to Elevating Founders @ London Tech Week for the chance to win £10,000!

  • May 25, 2021

    Pitch training workshop

    An online pitch workshop in small groups with an assigned mentor of the Founders of the Future network.

  • September 23, 2021

    National Final

    Pitching live at Elevating Founders Europe @ London Tech Week!

    The 5 regional winners and 5 runner ups will present in front of a panel of Rockstar judges during Elevating Founders Festival @ London Tech Week in front of an audience made of the most successful future founders, startups 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