Expand into new markets through curated expert guidance and targeted introductions

Our Programs

Rainmaking Expand runs 4-month opportunities for growth stage startups & SMEs to accelerate market entry into multiple locations, focusing on business development and leveraging genuine commercial opportunities.

Our Rainmaking Expand framework aims to accelerate startups’ speed to market while de-risking market expansion through a rigorous viability assessment, curated expert guidance and targeted introductions to strong business leads.

During our programs, your time will focus on ramping up for your market entry into your target market, covering topics such as mapping, assessing and validating real commercial opportunities with the support of our in-market experts. Our goal is to drive commercial opportunity with you, and provide leads for early business development and detailed validation. This approach features two 2-month phases, focused on validating, refining and de-risking your market entry.

  • Phase 1 specialises in ramping up for the target market through market discovery and expansion readiness, as well as identifying and mapping your customer development. You will learn vital skills for a successful market expansion while getting deep insights on the specifics of the target market.
  • Phase 2 focuses on Market Validation and features 4 weeks in your target country to expand opportunities, meet potential customers in a 1:1 setting and create new commercial partnerships.

Why join Rainmaking Expand

No-equity

Unlike other programs, Rainmaking Expand doesn’t take equity in your business. Hold on to your equity and focus on scaling your business through international expansion.

Focus on commercial opportunities

Hands-on business development support & advice to help quickly discover and validate commercial opportunities in new markets.

Access investors and local experts

Get a headstart and leverage our deep network of experts and entrepreneurs.

Semi-Remote

Continue to run your business without disruption. Spend 3 months working from your local market and a dedicated 4-weeks in your target market.

Flexible schedule to fit your timelines

After completing Phase 1, participating companies can postpone joining Phase 2 until your business, and the opportunities you are pursuing, are ready.

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South Korea

A structured, multi-phased approach to exploring and de-risking entry into the South Korean market…
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Japan

De-risk market entry into Japan through our proven, structured approach…
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United Kingdom

An accelerated approach to the London & UK Market utilising our flexible framework for Market Entry…
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About Us

Rainmaking is a corporate innovation and venture development firm headquartered in Copenhagen. We create, accelerate, and scale new businesses with the world’s leading corporations and entrepreneurs. 

Since 2010, we run our accelerator programs under the Startupbootcamp brand. Startupbootcamp (SBC) is now a global family of 20+ industry-focused accelerator programs. We support startups with direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners and investors to help them scale. We have run almost 90 cycles of our vertical-focused SBC programs in partnership with 200+ industry partners. Our programs focus on verticals such as FinTech, Digital Health, InsurTech, Smart Cities and Trade & Transportation. We also run bespoke accelerator programs such as the IKEA Bootcamp and the Hartford InsurTech Hub.

Over the last 12 years we have expanded our global reach, Rainmaking now has 13 offices on 4 continents and a global team of 200+ entrepreneurs, strategists, product experts, developers, designers and investors.

Apart from the traditional vertical focused acceleration programs, Rainmaking has launched in 2022 the Rainmaking Expand programs. Our Expand framework allows startups to increase their speed to market by assessing the viability and opportunity for their business, while de-risking the market expansion through curated expert guidance and targeted introductions to strong potential business leads.

Meet the Team

  • Brian Lim
    Head of Programs, Rainmaking Expand
  • Bruno Abrioux
    Program Advisor, Rainmaking Expand
  • Isabelle Morin
    Program Manager, Rainmaking Expand
  • Jinah Park
    Program Manager, Rainmaking Expand
  • Meghan Bridges
    Marketing Director, Rainmaking Expand
  • Thomas King
    Partnerships Lead, Rainmaking Expand South Korea
  • Renad Jabaji
    Partnerships Lead, Rainmaking Expand United Arab Emirates
  • Atulya Mittal
    Partnerships Lead, Rainmaking Expand United Kingdom
  • Sho Enokido
    Program Manager, Rainmaking Expand South East Asia
  • Amanda Chen
    Program Advisor, Rainmaking Expand
  • Phoebe Clark
    Commercial Director, Rainmaking Expand
  • Felipe Araujo
    Advisor, Rainmaking Expand
  • Colin Allison
    Advisor, Rainmaking Expand & Venture Builder, Rainmaking APAC
  • Natsuko Kikawa
    Advisor, Rainmaking Expand
  • Hollie Korfits
    Customer Development Expert, Rainmaking APAC
  • Joe Tanner
    Advisor, Rainmaking Expand & CCO, Rainmaking APAC
  • Samuel Hall
    Advisor, Rainmaking Expand & CEO, Rainmaking APAC

Find out how partnering with us can help you achieve tangible business results.