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 5-10 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! Applications have now closed for RISE UP 2022.
16 May 2022 Applications open
10 June 2022 Applications close
17 June 2022 Finalists confirmed
27 June 2022 Accelerator programme starts
17 August 2022 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 to try to win $10,000.
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.
RISE UP JUDGING PANEL
Our RISE UP judging panel includes these incredible entrepreneurs:
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