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Europe’s most diverse startup accelerator programme. Our 8-week pre-accelerator for underrepresented entrepreneurs

Helping founders accelerate their ideas, learn best practices, and gain access to a community of fellow founders, investors, and experts.

Who should Apply?

  • 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
  • You are 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

What our Entrepreneurs say

Over 30 founders have gone through our accelerator and collectively raised over $2m

I was able to meet my seed round investors through the program and close the knowledge gaps around building a team

R20 Founder

The thoughtfulness of the Colorintech team and the caliber of workshop experts is what sets this accelerator apart

R20 Founder

We met and built relationships with mentors, investors and customers that pushed our startup idea

R20 Founder


Experts who advise our founder network and who coach our accelerator startups

Andy Davis

General Partner & Co-founder, 10x10

Ezechi Britton

Founding Member & Resident CTO, Impact X Capital

Kartik Krishnan

New Markets Expansion Lead, Beamery

Matthew Goldstein

Partner, M12

To be announced

Latham & Watkins

Ian McDonald

Global Tech Lead, Microsoft for Startups

What you will get

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

A Founders Playbook

Learn the fundementals of building and scaling your startup idea with workshops led by founders, operators and VC's.

Office Hours

Our corporate partner network and experts can support you in fundraising, law, design and everything in between

A network

From our workshop experts to our founder dinners, be part of a network that will support your vision and help you get to the next level


Pitch your startup in front of a curated group early stage investors and accelerators at thre end of the programme

Key dates

All the dates you need to know

27 Oct

Rise 2022 applications

20 Nov

Interviews begin

10 Jan

Announce 2022 cohort

Our alumni

What our Founders have to say about our program

Rise 2020 founders
Rise 2020 founders

Rise Accelerator Partners

We partner with forward thinking organizations that support our mission and want to increase diversity

Program partners
In-Kind partners

We've been waiting for you - Apply now

Rise, our 8-week pre-accelerator for underrepresented entrepreneurs

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