For Startups

The RAISE Accelerator is a 6 month intensive programme. Our startups will work with the Raise team to build strong foundations for their business with the aim to innovate, validate, accelerate and raise investment.

Raise Autumn Accelerator Applications are now CLOSED

What we are looking for?
Founders with a startup business idea, who have identified an opportunity to scale that idea into a large addressable market.
Founders must have some understanding of the problem they are trying to solve, the route to market, how they will generate revenue from their idea as well as an idea of who their competitors are.

  • Applications are open from Wednesday 26th June to Tuesday 6th August
  • 1st Stage Interviews will take place week beginning Monday 12th August
  • 2nd Stage Companies will take part in our Intro to Raise sessions and complete a Executive Summary for their business week beginning Monday 19th August
  • Final Selection will for the programme will be made week beginning Monday 26th August
  • Raise Programme will commence Monday 2nd September


What you get?

During Intake Process you can sample the Introduction to Raise Sessions

  1. Starting a Startup
  2. Startup Stages & Risks
  3. Business Planning
  4. Funding Overview

Then once selected the Raise 6 month programme is focused on accelerating your business idea.

The first  6 weeks you will be participating in 2 essential sessions a week in the following topics:

  1. Finance for Founders
  2.  Funding
  3.  Exits & Valuations
  4. Markets & Marketing
  5.  Pricing
  6.  Sales for non-Sales CEOs
  7.  Product Development & Delivery for non-Techie CEOs
  8.  Scale or Fail
  9.  Survival Skills for Term Sheet Virgins
  10.  Surviving the Investment Jungle
  11.  Wild Cards

Then you will participate in a selection of advanced  master class sessions focused on Finance, Modelling, Roadmaps and Pricing

These sessions will prepare you for running your business operations – beyond the writing of a business plan – but making you smarter and more adaptable. Your “Operations Plan” will help your business grow and grow lean. Each session will set significant challenges for the startups.These sessions will be led by David Kirk with assistance from the RAISE staff.

The remainder of the programme is bespoke to our startups focused on the individual needs of the company including technical, sales, marketing, finance and operational support as well as connections to the right mentors, advisors and experts to help your business.

Your startup will be provided with desks, WiFi, light, heat, administrative support, meeting rooms, projectors, IT support, and unlimited access to RAISE events. You will have the opportunity to practice your pitching skills with your mentors and peers. You will form bonds with your fellow startups on the programme; sharing skill and experiences.

You will have the opportunity to meet, network with and befriend some of the regions most prolific investors, each with a verified track record in startup investment. And access an extended network of investment options.

RAISE takes your health seriously and will provide introduction to mental health services.

In addition, RAISE will provide vetted introductions to organisations and service providers to help the startup get the very best footing.

What we get?

The RAISE accelerator takes a non-negotiable 6% stake in every startup coming through our doors.

This 6% stake ties our success to your success. If you thrive and vastly increase your valuation, then we win too. If you don’t thrive, we lose out. We will be diluted when you are.

Startups are our business. Your success is our business. We will base our business decisions on what is best for your startup and your investor relations. We will never be a blocker to an investor for you.

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