In 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, Aurora Consulting announced the RISE (Relief for Innovative Startup Endurance) Award to help small businesses and inventors through the challenging times. Consistent with our mission to support emerging growth companies, we felt that weathering this crisis should not come at the loss of hard-fought R&D efforts.
Given how incredibly rewarding the entire experience was and given the problems that still plagued even a year later, we decided to bring the RISE Award back in 2021, offering a free provisional U.S. patent application or $5,000 towards a non-provisional U.S. patent application to a selected applicant.
We love helping entrepreneurs. It's what gets us out of bed in the morning, so we're firmly committed to the RISE award being an annual fixture. However, out of a strong desire to look forward beyond the pandemic, it will return as the “Recognition for Innovative Startup Excellence” Award.