We've received over 300 applications to join our pre-accelerator since we started Rise in 2019. Accepting 12 founders per cohort, our alumni who include Sibyl, Freda, Skin Library and Robin AI have raised over £450k investment and featured in some of the leading tech publications since graduating from the programme.

In April, we wrapped up the latest Rise with our founders pitching their startups (virtually) in front of seed-stage investors and leading accelerators.

Here is brief description of our Rise 2020 startups —


Hlthie is a simple, digital-first health insurance integrated with a marketplace of private healthcare professionals, products & services.Hlthie is making health insurance simpler for both individuals & businesses. Learn more at Hlthie.com


RunRatio is a benchmarking & financial reporting tool that integrates with accounting software to compare companies performance with competitors of a similar size. RunRatio was created specifically for small businesses and startups, giving them access to relevant & reliable financial analytics. Learn more at RunRatio.com.

Club Melanin

Club Melanin is the afrocentric hair and beauty booking platform. A community-led marketplace that connects women with textured hair with stylists for them. Learn more at ClubMelanin.com.


WhereToMED is a medicine comparison platform that seeks to help patients across Africa save time and money, and avoid counterfeit drugs. This is achieved through the use of technology to bring instant access to information that will enable patients to make better informed decisions when buying medicine. Learn more at WhereToMED.com.


Drumbeat is reshaping the international student experience. It simplifies and enhances the job-seeking process for international students, reducing the complexity of immigration & visa unknowns whilst building an online community of resources and connections.

Flamingo Money

Flamingo Money is a money transfer service allowing individuals to provide for loved ones by sending money abroad to the Philippines’ with a fast, secure, and fun experience, using national languages and cultural design, all at a competitive price. Learn more at flamingo.money.

Just Recruit

Just Recruit is an easy to use, low-cost recruitment software perfect for start-ups, small and growing recruitment businesses.Baffled by extortionate fees for clunky, archaic systems, Just Recruit was created with the belief that the best recruitment tools don’t need to be the most expensive. Learn more at JustRecruit.co.


Skillsize (formally GotSkills) is a talent intelligence platform that utilises unbiased skills analysis and psychometric inference at the forefront of the recruitment process, to ensure the best fit for both the company and candidate. The platform extracts details of the candidate’s technical skills and key achievements from their CVs, then leverages NLP and AI to intelligently provide an assessment of core strengths and map their professional genome. Learn more at Skillsize.io.


MOXI is an AI-powered chatbot that takes the pain out of organising group activities by using tech-powered augmented decision making. It enables collaborative planning, bookings and integrated payments all within popular messaging apps, so there's no download required. Learn more at MOXIbot.com


A digital platform and application that makes playing and supporting football: simple; fun and rewarding. Footify is the place to organise, play, track and share football tournaments, leagues and games. Learn more at wearefootify.com.


Bendi is a digital platform with the aim of bringing clarity to sustainability. It does this by providing consumers with factual information about the sustainability of apparel, enabling them to make informed choices aligned with their personal values.

Dream Nation

Dream Nation is a practical personal development platform using technology such as A.I. blended with creativity and psychology to create a revolution within the self-help industry. It provides virtual training and coaching to individuals enabling them to reach their full potential. Learn more at DreamNation.co.

You can see founders bios and pitch videos on the Rise micro-site here.