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Accelerator

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Why Raise?

  • Develop the foundations of your startup.
  • Innovate, Validate, Accelerate and Raise Investment.
  • Move from product build through to commercialisation and investment readiness.
  • Our startups are investor ready with an understanding of routes to funding and get investment introductions.
  • We provide founders with the knowledge and insights to make the important decisions for the future of their startup.

Our new improved 2022 Programme offers founders the opportunity to join our light touch 8 week programme covering all areas of startup business and investment.

Its an investment of 4 hours a week of your time and will be run virtually. 

Our accelerator programme covers an introduction to startup culture, business foundations, technical product, sales, marketing, finance and investing. During the 8 weeks you will gain knowledge, expertise, connections and advice as well as being held accountable for leading your startup forward.

After the 8 weeks you will get to know us and we will get to know you and we will then select the 6 companies that we want to work further with. This will provide each of those companies with a deep dive into all the areas below alongside 1 2 1 bespoke advice and mentoring in return we will ask for a 6% equity stake in your business.

Develop your growth, leadership and investment strategy with Raise

As a founder on the 8 week Raise Accelerator Programme  you and your startup will learn from our following pillars of Strategy, Funding, Commercialisation, Growth, People and Investment. 🚀

 

Strategy

  • Vision, Values & Culture
  • Startup Growth
  • Stages and Risks
  • Business Planning
  • Product Development
  • Markets & Marketing
  • SaaS Pricing
  • Product Market Fit
  • Sales

Funding

  • Funding Landscape
  • Valuations
  • Investor Summary
  • Investor Landscape

Commercialisation

  • Customer Engagement
  • Partnerships
  • Mindset & Resilience

 

Bespoke

We understand each startup is different so we work with each one individually to understand their specific needs and objectives. No question or problem is too small. Beyond the first 8 weeks programme we select the 6 companies that we want to work further with. Raise will take a non negotiatble 6% stake in your startup to work with you further on a bespoke level. Raise provides mentoring advice from our teams and our network to help your startup succeed on  a 1 – 2- 1 level.

 

People

  • Building and Leading a Team
  • Board Development

Growth

  • International Growth
  • Sales Process
  • Story and Brand

Investment

  • Pitch Prep
  • Financials
  • Investment Sprint Planning

Don’t go it alone

Raise and our alumni of startups provide a network where you can share skills, experience and learning as well as opportunities to collaborate. We have office space in Belfast available for our startups to utilise for working or meetings. This works for both local startups and those who wish to visit Belfast for meetings or networks. Raise takes the health and wellbeing of our startup founders seriously and actively encourages founders to ask for help. 

Investor Introductions and The Raise

Raise startup will complete an investor readiness report towards the end of the programme and our team will start introductions to investors where relevant. The Raise is a showcase of our startups to an audience of angel investors, family offices and EIS funds and venture capital firms.

Equity Stake

Beyond the first 8 weeks programme we select the 6 companies that we want to work further with and Raise will take a non negotiatble 6% stake in your startup to work with you further on a bespoke level

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. 

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More Info on Raise Programme

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.

What you get?

In the first 6 weeks you will learn the foundations of how to setup, run and accelerate your startup idea in our Raise Sessions.
Note we run sessions once a week in the evenings, allowing our founders to spend the majority of their time working on their business not in the classroom
And on a weekly basis, you will also be tasked with identifying what you need to do to make your idea investable.

Raise Sessions include

  1. Starting a Startup
  2. Startup Stages & Risks
  3. Business Planning
  4. Funding Overview
  5. Exits & Valuation
  6. Markets & Marketing
  7. Pricing
  8.  Sales for non-Sales CEOs
  9.  Product Development & Delivery for non-Techie CEOs
  10.  Scale or Fail
  11.  Survival Skills for Term Sheet Virgins
  12.  Surviving the Investment Jungle

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. No question or problem is too small, the Raise team are your advisers and mentors and will make connections to right 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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