Riverhouse Raise

Thursday 28th September | 7-9pm

We are launching an Angel Investor/ Dragon's Den style event where entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of Angel investors in order to raise funds for their businesses. This event will bring together innovative, creative, ambitious and ethical entrepreneurs from all sectors to showcase their businesses with a positive social impact and pitch to our panel of experienced investors.

The event will be an opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to upscale their businesses and others who are seeking investment for a business that is already trading and seeking valuable recognition and financial support. As an investor, you will get access to top start-ups, new and fresh business ideas, supporting them to flourish into something great.

We are proud to be at the heart of Richmond's entrepreneurial community which is really growing, and this event seeks to increase opportunities both for investors and entrepreneurs to support one another, creating a mutually beneficial environment to achieve bigger objectives collaboratively.
For each event there will be 8 entrepreneurs participating. Each entrepreneur will have 10 minutes to pitch their business to the panel, followed by a Q&A session. The panel will then have time to review and select which entrepreneurs they would like to invest in. The audience will also be able to participate.


This is a complimentary event for Members & their guests.


Find out how to become a member here.

Sue Walter (moderator) 

CEO, NED and Strategic Advisor with over 20 years of experience across a wide range of fast-growing organisations, including: Private Equity Ventures, Start-Ups, Public Sector and Not-for-Profit.


Said Rahmani

Said Rahmani is a global serial entrepreneur renowned for pioneering SAN in his first startup in the States. As Managing Founding Partner of the largest funds in the Greater MENA region, he has invested over US$ 350m in hundreds of startups fostering digital economy ecosystems.

As chairman of Digikala and other unicorns he spearheaded leading e-commerce and online classifieds platforms. Said started his career at Big Blue and experienced entrepreneurship in emerging markets with Naspers. He studied EMBA at LSE London, HEC Paris and NY Sterns, MSc. with distinction in Microelectronics and BSc. in electrical and computer engineering.

Kelly Duffy

Serial entrepreneur, Business Strategist, Angel Investor, Hospitality Expert & Chartered Surveyor.

Championing female entrepreneurs to unlock their full potential in business to achieve explosive business results. 

Mission: lead disruptive personal and professional transformation.

Ian Edward

Ian Edward has spent his career advising , investing in and sitting on boards of hospitality companies.

He is currently a founder investor and non-exec in Pizza Pilgrims and on the board of Incipio and an investor in Vagabond, Double Dutch and Thunderbird Fried Chicken .

Previous directorships include Geronimo Inns, Hippo Inns, La Tasca, Ritz Bingo, Megabowl and Brasserie Blanc.



James Joyce

James has 25 Years in the Retail Sector- from Brand Director for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Rolex & Puma. Director for the likes of Tryzens and Astound Commerce agency side. 

Founder of Astounding Events- creating bespoke events mainly in the retail sector for companies to build relationships and partnerships within the retail sector - working with every facet of the industry with brands such as Worldpay, Adyen, American Express, Barclaycard, Amplience, Astound Commerce, Salesforce, BigCommerce, Laybuy, SpaceNK, EmarsysSAP, Gymshark. 

Founder of Media International- brand and design agency - and JJ Retail Services Limited - a full-service consulting company - I help companies open their marketing and sales strategies within retails sectors and territories. Clients include Gymshark, SpaceNK, JD Sports, Boohoo Group, Travis Matthew, Laybuy, Astound Commerce, Avalara, Voyado, Emarsys, Adyen, Worldpay, Trustly. 

Lauren Lovett

Lauren is a highly experienced marketing professional with a 16-year career that commenced in the corporate world, where she spent the first six years refining her skills. Notable companies such as Avon, The SilverSpoon Company, and Escape Fitness have benefited from her expertise and leadership.

Motivated by a strong desire to follow her passion and create a lasting impact, Lauren transitioned away from corporate life to establish a successful Marketing Agency. Her client roster included industry giants like PwC, Caroline Castigliano, Pronovias, Rightmove and The One Group.

Today, Lauren thrives as a Growth Marketing Manager, working with outstanding companies to achieve substantial results. Her unwavering dedication to innovation and value continues to define her journey in the ever-evolving world of marketing.

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