Rise Referral Terms

Updated 11.14.20

These Referral Program Terms (“Program Terms”) apply to the Rise referral program (the “Program”) offered by The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation (“SIF”) as part of the Rise initiative (“Rise”) and set forth the legally binding terms and conditions for participation in the Program. Please read these Program Terms carefully before participating in the Program. By participating in the Program, you (“you”) agree to be bound by these Program Terms. The Program is subject to the Rise Terms of Service and Privacy Policy which are incorporated herein by reference. Except as otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms used herein have the respective meanings given to them in the Terms of Service and/or Privacy Policy, as applicable.

In order to be eligible for the Program, you must have an active Hello World Account in good standing and a started Rise application. To participate, refer friends who have not previously applied (“Friends”) by sending them your personal referral link provided to you by Rise (“Referral Link”). You may share your Referral Link via email, social media and other tools Rise and Hello World may provide. 

The program is open to Rise candidates that start their applications. To be an eligible Rise candidate, an individual must be between the ages of fifteen (15) and seventeen (17) on July 1, 2021. 

Eligibility of individual entries will be at the sole discretion of Rise sponsors, for any reason or for no reason, though specific reasons for disqualification may include use of inappropriate language or visuals. 

Referrals begin on November 10, 2020 and end on January 29, 2021 at 18:00:00 PST (“Referral Period”). Entries that are submitted before or after the Referral Period will be disqualified.

Download Hello World from the iOS or Android app stores and start an application for Rise. Navigate to the referral section (“Refer someone remarkable”) to access a unique referral link to distribute to Friends. If a Friend applies to Rise using your Referral Link and becomes a Rise Global Winner, you will receive a prize pack valued at 500 USD. If you refer a Friend who in turn refers a Friend who becomes a Global Winner, you will receive a gift pack valued at 250 USD. If a third-degree referral becomes a Rise Global Winner, you will receive a gift pack valued at 125 USD. Entries generated by script, macro, mechanical or other automated means and entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.

This offer is made to you and your Friends, and applies solely to your personal referrals. Rise expressly reserves the right to disqualify any referrals it believes in its sole discretion are generated by scripts, macros or other automated or fraudulent means (e.g., using fake accounts) or violation of these Program Terms and to take action and seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law against any user it finds to be tampering with the operation of the Program or otherwise acting in violation of these Program Terms, which may include, without limitation, terminating a user’s Account or participation in the Program, delaying or cancelling the reward, or revoking or refusing to honor outstanding reward. In all matters relating to the administration of the Program, the decisions of Rise will be final. In the event one Global Winner receives multiple nominations, the link the Global Winner actually uses will be the one that triggers any award. If a user receives a link and doesn’t complete the process of signing up using it, the referral won’t be counted. Awards will be available only as outlined above, and not in smaller denominations than $125 or greater degrees of separation than 3. Prize packs are not redeemable for cash and are nontransferable. Only eligible Rise applicants can participate in The Program and receive prizes. Applications from all parties involved must be submitted on the Hello World platform to be eligible and not through other application pathways. Referrals must be official, announced Rise Global Winners for their referring you to be rewarded and not probationary winners or semi-finalists. In the event that an individual nominates multiple Global Winners, it is possible for the individual to win more than one gift pack.

If you earn referral rewards, you will be contacted at the email address in your Hello World profile, and the person receiving and replying to the email will be considered the winner. Rise will mail the prize pack to the address supplied by the recipient of the email. Claiming of rewards requires an email response to Rise from your email address within 30 days of being notified. Failure to respond shall mean that you forfeit the prize. Rise is not required to award elsewhere any prizes forfeited

To the fullest extent permitted by law, Rise, and its affiliates, vendors and service providers, shall not be liable to you or any of your Friends for, and you hereby release SIF and its affiliates, vendors and service providers from, any claims, actions, injury, loss or damage of any kind related to the program, these Program Terms, or the subject matter hereof, including, without limitation, consequential, incidental, or special damages, or any loss of profit or income, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability, warranty, or other legal or equitable theory, even if Rise has been advised of the possibility of such damages.These Program Terms, together with the Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and other policies and guidelines provided by Rise, set forth the entire agreement, and supersede any and all prior agreements, of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. In the event of a dispute about the party earning a Program prize pack, all redemptions and referrals will be deemed to have been made by the owner of the e-mail account that is associated with the Account used to make the referral. Rise is not responsible for communication errors or other matters beyond Rise’s reasonable control. SIF’s failure to enforce any term of these Program Terms will not constitute a waiver of that provision. These Program Terms are governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California, notwithstanding any conflicts of law. If any provision of these Program Terms is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, that provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Program Terms otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

Program participants expressly understand and agree that the Program is provided “as is”, and SIF makes no, and hereby disclaims all, warranties, whether expressed, implied, or statutory, about the program and the products or services obtained through the program, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, title, or fitness for a particular purpose, and any warranties arising from course of dealing, course of performance, or usage in trade.


Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, you agree that any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Program, or prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and conducted in Santa Clara County, California

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California, USA.