Rise Up

Seed Grant Competition for Ambitious Female Founders

Soda has worked with more than 850 startups over the past 12 years, so we know how hard it can be to get funding to push an idea or business forward.

​Soda's Rise Up programme will select five ambitious female led businesses or entrepreneurs to go through a founder-focussed workshop series and culminate in a pitch night where the winner will take away $10,000 cash! 

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Rise Up Pitch Night

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Rise Up pitch night will be held online on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Please join us to see our amazing female founders compete to win $10,000!

Our Rise Up Finalists are:

Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha, founder of BDÉT

Chloe Van Dyke, co-founder of Chia Sisters

Gaelle Thieme, founder of Dust & Glow

Wendy Quach, founder of &Again

Dr Angela Lim, co-founder of Clearhead

Read more about the finalists.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 23 November 2021

Time: 3-5pm

Where: online

Cost: FREE

Please register here.

Our sponsors

Callaghan Innovation



Tompkins Wake

Amazon Web Services

Remedy Kombucha

Good George


Rise Up

What our clients say

Hitch was absolutely stoked to win Soda's October seed grant. Having this help so early on will give us a huge leg up. The Soda grant will go towards making this trial a great success. Once we get through the trials we will be looking to build a more scalable dynamic mobile version of Hitch that we can roll out across many more kiwi organisations, helping them commute more sustainably."

- Hitch co-founder Claudia Grave


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