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 for globally ambitious female founders. We will select 5 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! Please note that applications for 2023 open on 1 June.
We're looking for globally ambitious female founders who meet the following criteria.
To be eligible you need to be a female founder (or have one female founder) and have:
- a business that is pre or early revenue
- a business that is scaleable or has some unique IP
- a registered New Zealand business
- a business that is less than three years old
- less than five employees
N.B. You must submit a 90 second video as well as filling in the application form below. (Please note applications will open on 1 June 2023).
1 June 2023 Applications open
23 June 2023 Applications close
30 June 2023 Finalists confirmed
17 July 2023 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.
Craigs Investment Partners
Debt Free Diva
Frank Risk Management
Hamilton City Council
Norris Ward McKinnon
RISE UP enabled me to capitalise on the early potential of my business by connecting me with the right people in the industry and assisting me to identify strengths and weaknesses. Plus the cash has allowed me to cross some of the many expensive business hygiene tasks off my list.
- &Again founder and 2021 RISE UP winner, Wendy Quach
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