We are here for the founders who are Raising the Bar...

Raising the Bar (RTB) is a curated ecosystem of revenue-generating founders, investors, and industry professionals, all united by a shared commitment to excellence and growth.

As a vetted community, RTB provides a rare opportunity for peer-to-peer connection in a trusted environment where you can share challenges, be truly vulnerable, and get the tools, advice, and support you need to make it to your next big milestone.

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Meet our event partner


The RTB team

Three ecosystem builders, Dec, Patrycja, and Weronika, collectively hosted over 200 events. They connected while supporting startups at Startup Grind.
Due to their passion and commitment to enabling communities, they have now decided to pursue the route of focusing on and providing support to companies and founders at the scale-up stage.
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Patrycja Maksymowicz

Founder @ sclr labs

With 3+ decades of entrepreneurial experience, Patrycja brings a diverse skill set and an unwavering passion for cultivating dynamic business environments. Her client roster boasts blue-chip names like Lego, Scania, Carlsberg, government agencies, and growth-stage startups.

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Dec McLaughlin

Co-Founder @ Foras

Dec is a multiple-time founder with 6+ years of experience across a wide range of sales, marketing, and community roles at startups and scale-ups across the UK. Including scaling Startup Grind Scotland to 6K+ members.
Co-Founder of Foras - expert facilitators in immersive international ​experiences for entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders.

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Weronika Adkonis

Marketing Professional

Weronika is a data-driven marketing professional consulting in strategic growth within startup and scale-up environments. To date, Weronika has developed key industry partnerships with the NBA, NASCAR and celebrity ambassadors.

Past events

The inaugural event in April 2024 gathered 50+ industry-leading founders and investors in a secret City of London location to hear the strategies and insights of serial founder Roei Samuel, and the top VC voice, Oli Harris.

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Become a sponsor

To us, sponsors aren’t just a logo badge to add to our event slides. Our team is passionate about making intentional introductions, helping you network with the right stakeholders.