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Learn from Europe’s leading operators and experts.  A free online course that helps entrepreneurs learn the building blocks of turning an idea into a startup

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We launched the UK's first accelerator program for underrepresented founders and continue to support the community with content, office hours with leading VC firms and our newly launched free online course.

We believe that the diverse founders bring unique perspectives to market needs and have lived experiences that are different from the status-quo.

Explore our Rise Online course to learn from leading operators and VC-backed founders and apply to our next Rise accelerator which starts in 2022.

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Meet our Founders

Our alumni who are forever part of the Rise community

Prudence Mafuta Persson

Swedish-Zambian journalist turned entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Manje Health, a search and discovery platform for hospitals in Africa and currently a board member at the Swedish-East Africa Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC) Manje (which means NOW), a search and discovery platform and Africa's first digital medical ecosystem that connects the whole market in terms of geography and product offering. We enable people to search, discover and find the best care options for them and their loved ones

Khadija Whiteley
Founder of Regulao

Khadija Whiteley is an Oxford-based consultant for the medical devices sector, with a specialism within biocompatibility and toxicology. Regulao is the first eQMS solution to actually generate regulatory documents automatically. On top of that, we're making booking and managing testing from external test labs easier than ever with our subcontractor marketplace and allowing our customers to leverage our first-of-it's-kind centralised hub of preclinical data.

Arka Raina
Founder of Floatt

Arka Raina is currently a technology consultant at IBM, where she's mainly done product design (user research, design thinking coaching, UX/UI design) consulting for cross-industry clients. Floatt is a trauma-focused digital therapeutics for people from systemically oppressed backgrounds. The therapy would be personalised and intersectional, with a P2P community where people could validate and learn from each other. Therapy would be affordable, equitable and quickly accessible anywhere .

Alexander Meranda
Founder of Tentia Sports

Alexander Meranda is a Law graduate from the University of Leicester in 2019, and since then have worked in various roles in asset management, including Sales and Client Service/ Advice in Central London Tentia provides universal access to sporting data for athletes around the world.

Jaron Soh

Jaron Soh isthe founder of Voda, the LGBTQIA+ mental wellbeing app. Voda is on a mission to help members of the LGBTQIA+ community lead better, more fulfilled and thriving lives through mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Sohaib Ahmed
Founder of &facts

Sohaib Ahmed is the founder of &facts. Prior to &facts, Sohaib had a career in Banking and Financial Services. &facts helps brands proactively keep on top of the ever-evolving market and customer needs. We're replacing the old reactive process of market research (that took days and weeks) with an automated insights platform that tells you which opportunities you should be capitalising on right now.

Prisca Flint
Founder of Cocoon

Prisca Flint is a multidisciplinary practitioner specialising in Service Design and User Research. Cocoon is a digital platform that empowers black and brown women during their pregnancy and post-pregnancy journey by providing pregnancy tracking, symptom tracking, community support, a personalised content library, health assessments and access to pregnancy experts from similar backgrounds.

Declan Talbert
Founder and CEO of Hivefolio

Declan Talbert is the Founder and CEO of Hivefolio, an eSports platform that helps grow individuals and groups within the eSports industry. With 9 years' experience as a UX Designer working across both the public and private sectors in the UK and South Korea

Toyin Ajidele
Founder of CareGig

Toyin Ajidele has 16 Years Public Sector Experience. Programme & Policy Management across Healthcare, Public Sector, Third Sector, Central Government, Local Government. CareGig is a social care marketplace providing an easier way for people to give and receive care and support in their communities.

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