Rise Start-up Academy

Build your FinTech in 20 weeks

A 20-week digital first programme to empower founders who are rethinking the traditional approach to finance

Learn from anywhere

24/7 access to your curriculum with weekly modules and bite size videos on our dedicated learning platform

Learn by doing

Apply your learnings through weekly activities and live workshops with support from a dedicated community manager 

Learn as a community

Be part of a leading FinTech community where you can share knowledge and grow together

Who is the Rise Start-Up Academy for?

If you meet these four requirements, we’d love for you to apply!

Climate Wealth Equality Future of Money Gen Z Wildcard

We welcome individuals and teams who have recently launched their start-up or are at idea stage

We’re accepting applications from Europe (including the UK) and the US

We need you to be ready to take your idea or start-up to the next level, so you must be able to commit to completing the 20-week programme. That’s about 3 -4 hours per week.

Together, let’s re-think the traditional approach to finance

Your Rise Start-Up Academy Journey

Emerging FinTech Spaces

We are looking for founders who are rethinking the traditional approach to finance across the following areas


As environmental concerns continue to grow, how can businesses and consumers make spending, saving and investment choices that prioritise the planet?

Wealth Equality

From an uneven distribution of wealth across generations to an ageing population, how can wealth be created and redistributed in innovative ways?

Gen Z

As the digital first, financially savvy Gen Z emerges, what products and services will best support the many financial life-moments they will encounter?

Future of Money

The concept of money is being redefined and will fundamentally change the lives of everyone. With the demise of cash to the increase in cryptocurrencies, how can this bring about efficiency, flexibility and increased access?

Wild Card

Building something that doesn't fit into these other areas but you are passionate that you are rethinking the traditional approach to finance? Apply and tell us more!

Applications closed on the 3rd March 2022.

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