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The application process for the Tech City News Elevator Pitch 2016 competition is now open! This is the sixth series of our competition to find the nation’s top tech startups.

Finalists in previous Elevator Pitch series include Hassle.com, YPlan and import.io, with alumni raising over $60m in the past two years alone.

Throughout the rounds of the Elevator Pitch, participants will learn how to promote their company in the most concise and effective way. They have the opportunity to present to our panel of judges, with the finalists gaining extensive coverage on Tech City News.

Finalists will have their pitch professionally filmed, giving them a useful PR tool to share with journalists, customers and potential investors. See 2015 finalist Rotageek’s pitch video for an example.

In previous series, the final round of the competition has seen startups pitch from a glass elevator in Heron Tower, the back of a speed boat, the top of a skyscraper, the back of a Hailo cab and on a rickshaw.

The finalists will all be invited to attend an awards ceremony, where they’ll be in with the chance of winning a number of accolades, including Most Disruptive Startup, Pitch of the Year and Fastest Growing Startup.

To apply, just fill out the form we link to below. The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st March.

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Apply here. We’ve teamed up with f6s.com to make the application process easier, so what are you waiting for? Send your application now.

If you have any questions about the Elevator Pitch please email hi@techcitynews.com and put Elevator Pitch in the subject line.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the aim of The Elevator Pitch series?To find the next generation of leading startups in the UK and help them hone their company pitch. We also provide publicity and PR advice.
How much does it cost to enter?Nothing! It’s completely free to enter.
Does Tech City News take any equity?No, you keep all of your equity.
Do I have to give away sensitive information?Nope.
What do the finalists get?Finalists will have their pitches filmed professionally for the Elevator Pitch video series. You’ll become a Startup of the Week, with your video taking pride of place on our home page. You’ll also automatically be entered for the Elevator Pitch Awards 2016.
Do you have to be based in London?No! We want to find the top startups from across the UK.
What stage startups can enter?Any – we’ve had startups ranging from early stage concepts that haven’t yet launched to those who have already secured $1m in funding.
What’s the selection criteria?We look for a range of startups varying in size and sector. Along with our panel of judges, we try to select a range of startups that represent the best of Britain’s tech scene.