Julie_books_post_thumbRaremark’s vision is to transform one million lives affected by rare disease. Julie Walters, Co-Founder and CEO, is a graduate of last year’s Entrepreneur Academe mentoring programme and we’re especially proud of our involvement with her and Raremark’s achievements.

Practical help from many of our mentors, particularly developers from Thomson Reuters, has helped them launch a pilot of their service with 2 rare conditions. While Angel Academe, with support from legal partners Kingsley Napley, has helped them put together a smart syndicate of investors including Cass Entrepreneurship Fund as well as several angels and Syndicate Room crowd-funders to exceed their funding target and raise £680k.

This business resonated with us immediately because we all know someone who suffers from a rare disease, be it cystic fibrosis or acute myeloid leukaemia (in the case of my Father-in-Law). Lack of reliable information about treatment and trials for those affected by these diseases causes unnecessary suffering for millions of people globally. Raremark are developing a commercially viable and technologically advanced solution for making the best, expertly curated information available to those who need it. And, crucially for us, it’s been developed by a team with deep experience in this sector.

On Entrepreneur Academe, we’re mobilising angel investors and mentors from the Angel Academe network as well as the wider investment community to help women-led businesses acquire the skills for growth. On average, the 2015 Entrepreneur Academe cohort increased turnover by over 100% and headcount by over 50%. Half of last year’s participants also successfully raised funding.

The UK hosts the most technology start-ups outside the US but many are failing to grow. In a joint-report by the Oxford Säid and Cambridge Judge business schools found that less than one per cent of the 600,000 companies registered in the UK since 2012 have scaled or grown by more than 20 per cent in revenue or headcount over three years.

If you’d like to help us support high growth potential technology businesses like Julie’s, then join us as a mentor on this year’s Entrepreneur Academe. We’re providing monthly mentoring sessions for the women founders of 11 tech startups selected in March via a web-based competition. Please tell us a little about yourself here.

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