The Raise

The Raise is our successful series of pitch events. Running since 2017, the Raise brings new investment opportunities into a distinctive venue with entertainment and refreshments.

RAISE I – The Belfast Raise – November 2017

The eSpark/Ulster Bank accelerator offices were the hosts for the first Raise. A large audience made up of every component of the investment ecosystem watched a series of diverse and new pitches.

RAISE II – The Rademon Raise – June 2018

Hosted by the Shortcross Gin Distillery on the gorgeous Rademon Estate in rural County Down, the Rademon Raise saw 11 founder teams pitch their companies to a select audience of entrepreneurs and investors. Companies such as Rotor or Haru have subsequently raised substantial investments.

RAISE III – Raise the Curtain – November 2018

For the third Raise, we approached the QFT (during the 50th Year Celebrations) and 6 founding teams made their pitches to a mixed audience of entrepreneurs, hopefuls, angel investors and visiting investment funds.

RAISE IV – Raise the Bar – 9th May 2019

A great night of networking, pitching and drinks at The Dark Horse. The point of a pitch is the meeting afterwards. Not the pitch itself. You’re there to initiate interest. No-one is going to sign a cheque at an event or have a bidding war with other investors in public – leave that for the “startup theatre” of Dragons Den. We live in the real world. Read about it at Raise the Bar – The Aftermath

To get involved in the next Raise, see details here.

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