What is Rise?

Rise is Colorintech’s pre-accelerator program that puts entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds through an 8-week program. The program is made up of workshops, lectures, and office hours covering a range of invaluable content for early-stage entrepreneurs. The aim is to help founders accelerate their ideas, learn best practices while gaining access to a community of fellow founders, investors, and experts.


Fits around your schedule

Workshops in the evenings and weekends


World-class experts

Learn from experienced operators and successful investors



Pitch your startup to leading early stage investors and accelerators

Entry Requirements

  • You identify as belonging to an ethnic minority
  • You are pre-seed and have not raised more than £150k
  • You have an idea or product in MVP stage or early product-stage, that uses technology to solve a real demonstrable problem
  • Enthusiastic and ready to network and grow with others
  • You can commit to the 8-week program (4 hours a week)
  • You are based in Europe

The Program

Designed in collaboration with industry partners, our program is specifically for pre-seed founders


Founder Resilience

We uncover the highs and lows of the startup journey and techniques you can use to recognise stress and build resilience


Building an MVP

Understand the building blocks of creating a minimum viable product and getting feedback from users


Mastering the pitch

Learn the value of storytelling and the components of a great pitch


Building relationships and creating a culture

Explore how to build relationships with customers, co-founders and employees

Key Dates

All the dates you need to know

October 22, 2020

Rise applications opens

December 2, 2020


January 14, 2021

Announce 2021 cohort & Founder On-boarding


Selected students have the opportunity to join our Immersion trek where they will go to one of the leading tech hubs in Europe or the US

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2020 Mentors

To be announced

Latham & Watkins

Ezechi Britton

Founding Member & Resident CTO, Impact X Capital

Kartik Krishnan

Director of Growth, Capdesk

Andy Davis

General Partner & Co-founder, 10x10

Matthew Goldstein

Partner, M12

Ian McDonald

Global Tech Lead, Microsoft for Startups

Our Sponsors

Our Partners

Our Alumni

Rise 2020 founders

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Will I have to attend sessions in-person?

No, Rise 2021 is a completely virtual programme, we are looking for founders across Europe to attend evening sessions online.

Can I apply as a team?

Yes, however there is a limit of 2 founders per company. Please indicate this on your application form - Do not both apply

I don't have a startup idea. Can I still apply?

We are looking for founders actively working on an idea at MVP or early-product stage. If you are still at the ideation stage, we would love to direct you to our free Rise Online course, you can find all the basics for building a venture here, rise.colorintech.org.

Who should apply to Rise?

Rise is designed for underrepresented founders, intrapreneurs, and people with ideas, who identify as belonging into one or more of the underrepresented groups including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, and other.

I already have a startup, can I apply?

Yes. If you already have a startup it means we can tailor our workshops around your actual business. We also can make the right introductions to our network of investors and mentors.

What are the key dates for Rise 2020?

The application deadline is 31th January, 2020 at 11:59pm GMT Applications are reviewed as we receive them, so the earlier you apply the sooner we can reach out. During the application process we will select a handful of early applicants to join us at Rise events hosted in London. Submit your application early to be considered.

What happens after Rise?

After the Rise program - we hope you either get funding (or bootstrap), join an advanced accelerator, or become an intrapreneur within your organisation. Whatever you decide, you'll join our extended Colorintech family of entrepreneurs and advisors and be invited to alumni events.

Do you take equity?

No and we have no plans to ever ask for some in the future. Colorintech is a registered non profit and our only objective is to help underrepresented entrepreneurs on their journey.

How much does the program cost to join?

The program is free. If you would like to support Colorintech financially please contact us.

Does my idea have to be a technology business?

Given the content of the program and the instructors expertise, we believe those who would like to develop tech enabled businesses would gain the most from the program.

Is there an age limit for this program?

No. We want to make this program inclusive and open to people from a breadth of underrepresented backgrounds regardless of age.


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