Fast Pitch

Showcase your early-stage business to VC and Angel judges at a RISE Fast Pitch Competition and Networking Event. Gain valuable feedback and potential interest from industry leaders and professional investors. Entrants must submit their business plans, along with a $150 application fee, for review by the RISE pre-screen committee. Not up for the pitch? Attendees are welcome to watch and learn from the action.
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RISE University

RISE University connects undergraduate and graduate students with online and in-person entrepreneurial experiences and resources. Whether you just have a seed of an idea or are already running a small business, RISE University fills the gap between visualizing and realizing your entrepreneurial dreams. Explore how connecting with other “doers” with big goals like yours can help you jump to the next level of entrepreneurship.
RISE Empower Ed

Entrepreneurship is immensely gratifying but often accompanied by feelings of isolation and not knowing where to turn for answers. RISE Empower Ed helps you fill any knowledge gaps and learn from other entrepreneurs. No matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, there are always lessons to be learned, new ideas to be spurred, and new connections to make.
RISE Funding Forum

The RISE Funding Forum allows groups of entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas and get real-time feedback from an eminent panel of investors, lawyers and bankers.
RISE Mentors

If you’re the type of experienced, passionate entrepreneur that could talk about entrepreneurship all day, RISE Mentors is for you. This program allows you to mentor other big-thinking risk takers and help them learn from your experiences of building a successful business and conquering challenges along the way. It’s a great way to give back to the local business community. Plus, you’ll likely learn a lot from the experience as well.
RISE Sponsor

RISE Programs are dedicated to fostering a global entrepreneurship community, both online and in person. RISE Programs empowers entrepreneurs of all stages by providing access to inspiring and educational resources and cultivating year-round entrepreneurial experiences. The programs’ growth and reach is supported by generous donations. We ask kindly for your support.

RISE Music Series by LB|RB Presents

RISE Austin and LB|RB Presents invite you to attend sessions hosted by some of Austin’s most innovative entrepreneurs and musicians that are reinventing the business and defining the future of Austin’s music scene. Local thought leaders and entrepreneurs are hosting “how-to” sessions, sharing their expertise and music startup experience with aspiring music professionals. In addition, all participants are invited to attend “The Musical Entrepreneur” Keynote & Panel Event on Friday, March 30th at Ruta Maya, and the RISE Awards at the ACL Live Moody Theater that evening.