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London’s hottest startups revealed at the Elevator Pitch Awards


Most Disruptive and Fastest Growing Elevator Pitchers announced

YPlan, Dattch and Hassle are among the winning startups at the Tech City News Elevator Pitch Awards.

Over 100 of the movers and shakers of London’s tech scene attended the Awards Evening at Eight Club Moorgate.

Awards included Most Disruptive Startup, Pitch of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.



Tech City – three years on

Rohan Silva kicked off the evening with a speech praising the startups that are driving Tech City forward.

I’ve been looking forward to these awards for a long time.

Having been a special advisor to David Cameron, Rohan is now involved in the private sector with Index Ventures.


Tech in the community

A three-course dinner was followed by a speech by Meg Hillier, MP for Shoreditch.

She stressed the need for startups to do more with the local community, asking them to look around their office and think about hiring more local people.




Pitch of the Year Dattch
Standout Success Glow
Best Campaign Fitness Freak
The People’s Choice Hassle
Award for Social Good Speakset
Most Disruptive Startup Buzz Radar
Fastest Growing Startup YPlan
Tech City News Advocate Sebastiaan Heijne (Signkick)

Free fall

The startups had been dropped in an elevator and propelled in a speedboat while pitching to camera.

Back in January, 13 hand-picked startups fell 37 floors in 30 seconds in the Heron Tower elevator as part of Series One.


20 seconds at 20 knots

In July, over 80 startups entered the first round of the Elevator Pitch competition, the winners of which were featured in Series Two.

After pitching to Google’s CampusCam, 25 founders made it through to a Dragons Den-style second round.

The panel chose 12 startups to pitch on Canary Wharf’s speedboat on the River Thames.

Thanks to our sponsors PwC, Rackspace, City of London Corporation, Level39 and Deloitte, who made the evening possible.