We are delighted to announce that 11 Founders have been selected to join the RISE 2021 cohort.

These founders will spend 8 weeks attending workshops, lectures, and receiving mentoring from successful entrepreneurs,  investors, and industry experts with the aim of accelerating their ideas and growing sustainable businesses.

The program officially begins on February 4th and will culminate in a showcase on March 25th.


Jinesh Vohra

CEO & Founder of Sprive

An app that helps homeowners chip away at their mortgage by making smart mortgage overpayments to their lender using open banking.  This enables them to save interest and pay off their mortgage faster.

Jenny Zhuo

Founder of Skoosh

Skoosh skin takes the guess work out of skincare shopping by matching high quality products on the market to a user's skin type and goals using an AI-driven dermatologist. Users browse the most relevant products for their unique skin, choose what they want to purchase, and receive a personalised box along with notes on how to build their products into a routine.

Janu Shanmugavadivel

Founder of CareIQ

CareIQ is a chronic disease management platform that makes chronic care faster, cheaper and transparent for both GP clinicians and chronic patients. Our web application integrates with EMHRs and fast tracks a complex, time consuming process, typically taking months, into minutes.

Alex Erinle

Founder of Gist

Gist, is a voice based social media platform enabling users you share 3 minute long stories or join conversations with friends and local influencers.

Eyitayo Ogunmola

Founder of Utiva

Utiva is a complete end-to-end software as a service technology platform with multiple features that are pedagogically designed that helps educators across multiple verticals and markets build their virtual schools in seconds and also leverage AI to access markets in emerging markets.

Lee McPherson

Founder of Jesey

Jesey is a machine learning powered mental wellbeing assistant, designed to help you boost confidence, mood and motivation.

Maya Lingam

Founder of Ecospot

EcoSpot is an app that engages children, parents and teachers with sustainability, at school and at home. We use gamification to nurture lasting behaviour change in the next generation.

Harsha Dandi

Founder of Brwz

Brwz makes online shopping less overwhelming more social & entertaining for shoppers by recreating the mall experience, personalisation & adding social proof. We're combining the live streaming features of Twitch & networked features of Instagram.

Elaf Deyab

Founder of Pinions

Pinions strengthens relationships by providing a positivity based app - you answer questions about friends and receive notifications when friends answer about you. We are changing the way people communicate by providing a simple way to let people know you’re thinking of them.

Pearce Jarrett

Founder of Gwann.ai

Gwann is an Artificial Intelligence-powered personal trainer that allows users to access real-time statistics on their exercise performance; dynamically tailoring their workout in real time in order to motivate the user to keep making progress.

Aaron Bedward

Founder of Bsket App

Bsket is creating a OnDemand convenience shopping world where shoppers buy whatever they want, and have it delivered in 20 minutes.