18 February 6PM | RBW17

Applications are now OPEN!
Please note that applications will be accepted on the Rolling Basis.


1.Make sure your startup idea identifies a Product-market – degree to which a product satisfies strong market demand.
2.Be enrolled or have graduated from a university (within 12 months of graduation date)

3.Have held an eligible visa during your last period of leave to remain in the UK. If you are still in the UK, this leave to remain must be valid

4.Have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea
5.Have over 51% of shares in the future company or, if applying as a part of a team of two, have 50% of shares each in the future company (in case you are planning to apply for visa)

You can't apply if you've previously established a business in the UK.

Start-Up Ideas Competition Application form

Congratulations, now your application is complete and is ready for submission! 
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Why take part?

Pitch Your Idea
A great start up starts from an idea, and great ideas deserve to be heard. Present your business model on the stage – the spotlight is on you.
Get Feedback
The key to success is refining to
perfection. Whether your start up was born yesterday or you are already an experienced presenter, our judges will give you invaluable advice and guidance.
Win a Prize
Get a head start and be one step ahead of the competition! If your idea is a winner, so are you, and our prize will bring you closer to your dream.


2-Day Mentorship by Filip Perkon,
Angel Investor at Bamboo Ventures
Win a hefty monetary prize to propel your project forward in a way that fits your unique start-up idea



Registration Opens - 11th January 2017

Please apply providing your contact info and description of your idea


Registration Closes - 5th February 2017 12PM

Close of registration, no applications will be accepted after the deadline date


Pre-Selection: Finalists are announced - 10th February 2017

Our finalists: Roompik, SkillOut, TheOven


rbwElevate2017 Pitch Day

Finalists are invited on stage of Russian Business Week 2017 to pitch their ideas 

What is rbwElevate?

Founded as part of the established annual Russian Business Week, rbwElevate is a platform that brings forward the future of Russian business. The project was a resounding success in its inaugural 2016 version, giving the participants a unique opportunity to pitch their ideas at a top university in the business capital of the world. Our aim is to bring together young aspiring entrepreneurs, investors and start up professionals, helping talented start up founders to realise their potential.

Our expert judges will comprise successful businessmen as well as representatives from LSE Generate, committed to capture your entrepreneurial potential. This is your chance to get first-hand advice from someone who conquered the business world and secure support of start up specialists.

Panel of Judges

Filip Perkon

Angel Investor
Bamboo Ventures

Ilya Belyaev

CEO and Managing Partner Supremum Capital

Guy Willner

Chairman and CEO
IXcellerate Moscow Datacentre

Alina Bezuglova

TLA Russia


Prize will be announced soon! We are preparing something interesting and really rewarding for you this year.

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