We created RISE UP in 2021 to encourage more women to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career, to lift the capability of female founders and champion female entrepreneurship in Aotearoa.
RISE UP is a seed grant and pre-accelerator programme for globally ambitious female founders. We will select five ambitious female founders to go through a series of founder-focussed workshops, culminating in a pitch night where the winner will take away $10,000 cash!
Our 2023 RISE UP finalists are:
Join us at our RISE UP Pitch Night on 29 August in Hamilton to watch our five finalists pitch their business to try to win $10,000. Find out more and get your FREE ticket here.
1 June 2023 Applications open
23 June 2023 Applications close
3 July 2023 Finalists confirmed
17 July 2023 Pre-accelerator programme starts
29 August 2023 Pitch night
Our six finalists pitched their business to a public audience and panel of high-profile judges at Wintec House in Hamilton on 17 August 2022.
The winner of RISE UP 2022 was Finery. Read more.
Check out all the event photos.
Watch our 2-minute highlights video.
Watch the recorded livestream of the event.
If you are interested in sponsoring RISE UP 2023, please contact Anna Devcich.
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