Tag Archives: ecosystem

Raise Startup Stories from Oroson

This week in RAISE saw the launch of Raise Start-Up Stories, this is the start of a series of monthly events showcasing stories from founders who have been there and done it. They will share experiences, what works, what doesn’t work with the main aim to help others starting out.   The start-up club is…

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How to make a corporate (or government) CIO butt pucker!

Rich Segal wrote this in 2006 and I’ve referenced it many times in articles, blog posts and presentations. The essence of the story is how there is world of opportunity around us. There are more tools now to build digital products than there ever have been and their accessibility has never been higher and the…

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Digital Circle Update – 5th Nov 2019

Bonfire Night! Last night I was asked by an investor in digital content about what I was doing for bonfire night. Was I spending it with family? Was I going to a community event? And I had to explain that we, in Northern Ireland, don’t really celebrate Bonfire Night. Or, rather, we do, but we…

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A Quick review of Raise the Glass

Raise the Glass was the latest in our series of pitching events for founders and investors. Founded itself when there was no way for startups to meet financiers it’s proving to be popular! Last night we had six pitches, half of them going through the Raise programme and half of them independent. It’s important for…

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The problem with referees is that they know everything about the rules but nothing about the game

The problem with referees is that they know everything about the rules but nothing about the game – Bill Shankly Itʼs 3.22am on a Friday night. Iʼve woken up regularly at this time for a while now, itʼs peak hour for the swirl of things in my mind Iʼve somehow managed to quieten for another…

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Countdown to RAISE THE GLASS – 16th October

In the aftermath of INVENT 2019, we were left with some interesting questions. There was an impression that we only work with the companies we mentor. We work with a lot more. We also spend a lot of time raising the tide; the rising tide lifts all ships. What is Raise? Raise (and Raise Ventures)…

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And many, perhaps most, get screwed…

Chilling description of what can happen if you don’t have someone to come to for advice. The term-sheet mentioned (with the 5x Liquidation Preference and the double-dipping) came from the now-defunct e-Synergy – a so-called venture (vulture) capital firm engaged by Invest NI to manage their spin-out fund (NISPO!). The predatory clauses on the term…

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Northern Ireland R&D Tax Specialists Announce Major New Partnership with Raise

Northern Ireland’s leading qualified Research and Development (R&D) tax specialists, Amplifi Solutions, has today (5 September) announced a major new partnership with Belfast ‘start-up accelerator’ Raise Ventures. Raise Ventures, who specialise in fast-tracking new private start-up companies through the initial six months of new business, have aligned with the R&D tax specialists, ensuring their partners…

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