Raison | X-Europe Startup Interview
Welcome to our X-Europe startup interview series. We have virtually sat down with a number of our founders from past cohorts to hear all about their solutions, vision for the future, and what made them tick during our X Europe programme. So whether you are a deep tech founder looking for startup support, an eagle-eyed investor, or simply interested in the possibilities that technology can bring to society, then we welcome you to take a read. Please meet Raison, a mobile app that offers pre-IPO investment opportunities from less than €100.
Can you briefly explain what your solution is all about? What’s unique about it?
Raison app offers top-tier late venture investment deals available from one euro. Using blockchain technology, we have created the world's first legal structure and integrated fractional shares. That way we lowered the entry ticket and made it possible for people to invest in the biggest private companies like Klarna, SpaceX, or Scale AI via a fast and easy-to-use digital experience.
What led you to start or join your company? What is the key motivation and mission behind the startup?
Before we entered the market with our innovative solution, late-stage venture investments were available solely to accredited investors with a high amount of capital. Our mission is to make it accessible to everyone, no matter the capital.
What’s the biggest milestone your startup has achieved so far, and what has surprised you most on this journey?
There are sure a lot. I think the first one was definitely our pilot project with SpaceX shares in 2019 proving to be a huge success. The same year Raison was picked as a Top 5 Fintech Startups by TechCrunch. In 2021, we were listed as Top 10 European Startups according to Startup Grind, then raised our Seed funding round and reached an evaluation of 11.5 million dollars, also expanding our users base by 3 times.
How has X-Europe helped you during the past few months?
It was an honor to be picked at the Top 25 Fintech Startups to join the program. We have a lot of opportunities to expand our network, knowledge and gain publicity. It was especially fun to be part of the X-Europe Founder’s Journey Podcast Series!
What are your goals over the next 3, 6, and 12 months?
Generally, this year we are focusing on not only expanding our Marketplace but have a lot of updates of the app itself. The main feature is introducing the secondary market, which will allow our users to resell their units, without waiting for the company to go public. Additionally, we will be focusing a lot on the content we are curating on our social media channels and building even better support channels for clients all over the world.
What advice would you give to an entrepreneur trying to pave his/her way in the Fintech landscape?
Network, it's the key to everything. Build connections in the fintech community.
What one piece of advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Invest in Bitcoin, every cent you have!
What’s unique about the X-Europe program?
Great opportunities to expand your network and learn new ways in which you can develop your product.