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We are on a mission to find the most disruptive Travel Tech start-ups and entrepreneurs

Competition Deadline 8th March 2019

Pitch on a Plane

Pitch on a Plane is a brand new competition launched by Founders Forum and British Airways in association with Hangar 51.

Submit your pitch and join a LIVE Q&A from the ground with a group of the world’s leading tech entrepreneurs, investors and CEOs 30,000 feet in the sky on a British Airways aircraft as they make their way from San Francisco to London for Founders Forum on 13th June 2019.

Founders Forum and British Airways are looking for startups building next generation travel tech products or services which have the potential to transform the customer’s air travel experience through innovative technology solutions.

Potential areas of focus are:

Ancillary
revenue

Airport
& inflight

Inflight
retail

Corporate
travel

Travel
inspiration

e-Commerce
& payments

Frequent flyer
amenities

Pitch.

Get noticed on a global stage and pitch alongside 2 other finalists at the most exclusive Tech event in London.

Exposure.

Share your venture with industry influencers on a novel live in-flight pitch competition.

Network.

Network with VCs, senior investors, CEOs and industry experts at Founders Forum London.

Winning Prize.

  • 100,000 On Business points (equivalent to 4 return flights in World Traveller Plus to New York (JFK) from London Heathrow)*
  • 100,000 Avios points (equivalent to 2 return flights in World Traveller to LA (LAX) from London Heathrow)**
  • A one page advert in Business Life (British Airways on-board magazine) and a one page advertorial in Business Life featuring the winning business
  • Follow up connections following the Founders Forum London 2019
  • Publicity for the winning business on Founders Forum channels
  • A one hour meeting with Brent Hoberman (founder lastminute.com, Founders Forum and Founders Factory)

* Taxes, fees and charges will be payable. See https://onbusiness.britishairways.com/web/ba/terms-and-conditions for more information.

** Taxes, fees and charges will be payable. See https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/terms-and-conditions for more information.

Applicant criteria and process

Criteria

Applicants should be:

  • a founder or co-founder of the business and resident in Europe
  • have a product or prototype that can be demoed at the time of submission
  • not have raised more than 1 million pounds sterling in equity financing

Applying

Please upload (i) a 2-minute video of yourself outlining your idea, how it works and why it’s different and (ii) a teaser deck of not more than 10 pages.

Deadline

Application deadline is midnight GMT on 8th March 2019.

Shortlist

All applications will be judged by Founders Forum Group investment professionals and a selection of the top 10 quarter finalists will be asked to pitch to a panel of judges at British Airways HQ on Wednesday 10th April 2019. Quarter finalists will be flown from their country to London courtesy of British Airways.

Semi Finalists

Our exclusive business class cabin full of top founders, CEOs and investors will watch your video presentations on board the aircraft before you participate in a live Q&A midflight with the panel of passengers over the WiFi enabled voice calling function. Passengers will confer and deliver their verdicts back to the semi finalists before touch down at LHR.

The Final

Top three finalists will be invited to attend Founders Forum London, on 13th June 2019, to pitch in person to a judging panel consisting of Brent Hoberman, Alex Cruz (CEO of British Airways) and a selection of top guests to determine the final winning business. Finalists will be flown from their country to London courtesy of British Airways.

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