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