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Deep Rising

Join our dynamic 6-month hybrid accelerator explicitly designed to empower early-stage deep-tech startups and research-to-business projects. Our mission is to fuel your innovations and support you to build thriving businesses.

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We run programs all around the year. 
Apply and introduce your innovative project. We will get back to you shortly to discuss how we could help you grow your startup company.


We are an industry-agnostic hybrid accelerator.

We Build, Accelerate, and Invest.

We help you get on the right path to product-market fit and fundability.

We're not just an accelerator but a mentor-heavy program invested in your success. We don't just hand you a playbook; we challenge you with real-world confrontations. We guide you to become stronger through interactive workshops and may join you as venture builders. Moreover, when you join Deep Rising, you're not just entering an accelerator but becoming part of an international network of mentors and partners.

Let’s not sugarcoat it:

It is Not About the Technology.

Every year, countless technological marvels are unveiled, yet only a few survive the reality of the business world. Far too often, deep-tech startups need help in their quest to address a market where they can truly make a difference. We're here with you to confront your challenges head-on. To be your mentor to mastering the science of building great products and navigating the right funding path.

Discover If You Match the Criteria.

If you meet these criteria, Deep Rising is your ideal partner on this part of your journey:

  • You represent a university, research lab, or a company R&D spinoff.

  • You've recently launched an independent startup or are in the late stages of a research-to-business project.

  • You've completed an early-stage incubator program from your organisation (if it applies).

  • Your team includes members with diverse roles beyond research or engineering.

  • The primary founders or project owners can commit to full participation within the Eastern Europe Time Zone

Become a Mentor at Deep Rising.

Are you a seasoned professional passionate about deep-tech commercialisation? We welcome experienced mentors who add value to the next generation of innovators.

Invest With Us in Success Opportunities.

Join us in fueling the success of emerging companies in the deep-tech space. Follow our deal flow and discover opportunities to invest and be part of the Deep Rising ecosystem.


Meet the Faces Behind the Program

These are just a few incredible individuals who make Deep Rising possible to bring you the guidance, network, and support you need to succeed.

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Pouria Kay
Program Manager


Pasi Pohjala
Investor Relations Lead


Merituuli Vainio
Corporate Partnerships
Director, Business Platforms, Solita

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Laurent Notin
Mentor Relations Lead


Shane Bissett
Commercialisation Advisor
Business Growth Specialist


Alexandra Petrova

Marketing Advisor
Senior Marketing Manager, Fluido


Kimmo Kuokkanen

Market Analysis Advisor

CEO, Statzon

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Jakub Żbikowski

EU Funding Advisor
CEO, UpSpark


Pontus Stråhlman
VC Investment Advisor
Partner, Voima Ventures


Miikka Miettinen

Private Investments Advisor

Deal Flow Manager, FiBAN

Join Deep Rising.

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