Our Mission

Our mission is to make the world a smaller place by creating connections.

We help organizations connect to their Dream 100 collaboration partners, strategic partners, and members/clients by helping them launch and run a podcast. We have been podcasting and helping organizations with their podcast since 2008.

The main initiative is to help non-profit organizations with our Shining Light Project.

We help produce content to spread the message of that organization to the world.

If you’re interested in applying for a free web series for your nonprofit, click below:


The seeds of Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran’s partnership was formed over 70 years ago, through the courage of two men who never met.


Jeremy’s grandfather, David Danzyger (above right – his video interview here), was a Holocaust survivor who escaped from Nazi Germany, while John’s grandfather and namesake, John Harriman Corcoran Sr. (above left), was a B-17 Captain and pilot who flew 35 missions over nazi Germany during WWII.

Rise25 seeks to honor Jeremy & John’s grandfathers’ legacies – and the service and sacrifice of all veterans and survivors – by helping to build stronger connections between business leaders, which leads to stronger communities and more lasting bonds.

Veteran Entrepreneur Section

Rise25 has selected several veterans over the years for their Veteran Programs, designed to lend a hand to entrepreneurs who have served in the US armed forces. Below are some of their stories and the opportunities offered specifically for our veterans

Major Eric Martindale: “I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to come”

Major Eric Martindale is a former Marine who served for 15 years as an active duty Marine officer, including two tours of combat duty in Iraq, and one tour of combat duty in Afghanistan.

Here is a video of Eric speaking about his experience attending a Rise25 event:




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A loan helped her a mothers attempt to bring awareness and empower women.



A loan helped her to buy a head of cattle and animal feed to increase dairy food product sales.


Bemarinette Nanie

A loan helped her to expand the provision of affordable access to quality mental health care.

Bemarinette Nanie

Bemarinette Nanie

A loan helped her to buy a solar power kit.

Marine Dave Burlin: “Changed the Direction of my Life”



Those are the 3 words that come to mind when I think about my experience at the Traffic and Conversion Summit last week in San Diego.

I was contacted by John Corcoran at Rise 25, just a few weeks before the event with an opportunity to apply for a Veteran scholarship for an all expense paid trip including ticket to the conference, as well as a seat at a private dinner sponsored by RISE 25 prior to the event kick-off. I immediately shared the opportunity with my network and applied, not knowing that I would be selected as the winner!

I immediately felt very welcomed for the dinner and was connected with amazing entrepreneurs and Veteran entrepreneurs that are making a serious impact across the country and around the world!

Throughout the conference, I continued to connect with people from the RISE 25 dinner at tracks for the conference, as well as at the after-party events during the week. One of the greatest opportunities that came full circle this trip was connecting with people that I hadn’t seen since 2015, as well as people that I had been on digital masterminds with but had never met in person!

As if that wasn’t enough, I also got to be in the standing room only to see RICHARD BRANSON share his passion for taking risks and why he wants to go to space, AND I even got to meet Jay Shetty! Jay dropped nothing but truth as he shared his passion for making sure that people have INTENTION behind their brand, and it was an AMAZING experience.

I have already connected with so many people, it’s hard to keep up, and I can’t wait to serve and connect people to the resources that will help them be successful. If there is ever a RISE 25 event in your area, GO! You won’t be disappointed, and you will probably be connected and plugged in faster than I was!”

– Dave Burlin, Southwestern Consulting