We're big advocates for celebrating the wins - big or small - so today we'd love to update you on the exciting start to the year for Raise and our fantastic portfolio companies. Grab a coffee and have a scroll through our most exciting wins of 2023 so far ☕

6 portfolio companies pitch to Coca-Cola HBC

We were delighted to welcome Coca-Cola HBC to Raise to meet 6 of our startups with a view to explore pilots and future investment.

Building our VC network for future investment

We've had a number of exciting funds visit us from in recent weeks including Taurus, Regionally, Ascension and Finch Capital. We're committed to developing our VC and angel network to positively impact the funding landscape for our startups.

Eva-Jayne has been appointed Head of Ops

Former Community Manager Eva-Jayne has been promoted to Head of Operations, where she'll continue to support with the delivery and growth of the Raise Accelerator and Community. Congratulations Eva-Jayne!

Michael joins the Taoiseach at Scale Ireland

Co-founder Michael was down in Galway recently at the Regional Startup Summit 2023 where Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made a key note speech addressing the startup audience.

And we hosted the Belfast Startup Meetup with Startup Network Europe!

Check out all the pics below 👇

The Belfast Startup Meetup in pictures
We loved seeing the startup community come together from for the NI Belfast Startup Meetup. Check out the startup events happening across Northern Ireland below.

Portfolio gets 6 Digital DNA Award nominations

We're so proud that a number of our founders have been nominated for the Digital DNA Awards, celebrating Northern Ireland's finest tech talent. It's the perfect excuse to get a table at the Awards and celebrate our incredible founders. If you're heading to the awards, we'll see you there!

Check out all the nominations below.

5 Raise Startups nominated for the Digital DNA Awards
A big shout out to all of the Raise portfolio startups that have been selected as finalists for the Digital DNA Awards! We’re so proud of you 💫 Loraa White of Budget Music Videos for Startup Company of the Year Jemma Simpson of DiverseTalent.ai for Startup Company of the Year

Jemma, Founder of DiverseTalent.ai, has had an incredible start to 2023

As well as her two Digital DNA Award nominations, Jemma has also secured £35K from Techstart's Female Founders competition with Women in Business. DiverseTalent.ai is also the first NI company to receive the InnovateUK Inclusion Award and £80K AND won The Prince's Trust Natwest Enterprise Award! Read her incredible story of resilience and determination here.

Cybrisc and DiverseTalent.ai are pitching at UKBAA TechInvest in London today

TechInvest is spotlighting tech innovators from regions across the UK with UKBAA and British Business Bank. We're very proud to have Clare of Cybrisc and Jemma of DiverseTalent.ai representing Northern Ireland at the showcase in London today.

Wishing the ladies the best of luck! We'd like to offer a big Thank You to Carson McDowell for supporting these incredible startups in their journey to London.

Tim, Founder of Medik.ai, wins £5K at BelTech pitch

Tim pitched at the BelTech Dragon's Den final this week securing £5K.

Tim has also been invited onto the Young Entrepreneurs Connect USA programme, visiting the States in April to connect with Irish American entrepreneurs and investors.

NetworkFit launch their fitness management app

NetworkFit have released their groundbreaking new fitness management platform and app for fitness businesses, coaches, and personal trainers. Check it out at www.networkfit.io

SWIS signed the dotted line with RNIB

After much determination, SWIS (Sleep When I Sleep) are delighted to have confirmed their partnership with the Royal National Institute of the Blind. The tech for good app pauses playback on audiobook and podcast listeners when they fall asleep and hopes to positively impact the 2 million RNIB members.

Armour launch new marketing campaign

Armour can help businesses across the world to improve and build their own bespoke ISO Management Systems, and have also brought AJ Rodgers into their team as CTO. Welcome AJ!

Loraa celebrates IWD

Loraa, Founder of Budget Music Videos, inspired an audience during a panel discussion at Clockwise for International Women's Day representing Women in Tech.

A collage of females in the Raise Community on a purple background with the text 'Celebrating the strong women who inspire us everyday'.