RAISE Forum Looking for Post-Revenue Southern Startups Seeking Funding

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Monday, August 7th, 2017

The fifth semi-annual RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum, presented by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, is now accepting applicants. The unique event, set for Friday, November 10 at Emory, brings together startups and investors from across the Southeast with the goal of closing the region’s funding gap at higher levels of funding.
Call for Startups

The Forum is accepting applications from post-revenue startups based in the Southeast (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina) seeking funding between $1 million and $5 million. Eight to 10 startups will be selected to present to active investors at the November event. To be considered as a presenting startup, a company must agree to remain in the Southeast for five years, as well as participate in a short training afternoon which will prepare applicants for investor presentations. Applications will close September 15.
“The Forum stresses entrepreneurial collaboration over competition in the Southeast and encourages regional business by fostering Southern entrepreneurship,” explains RAISE Forum Founder Barry Etra. “Our highly disciplined approach to matching investors with startups ensures the Forum’s continued success, which to date boasts an overall funding rate of over 28 percent of applicants.”
The Forum last November resulted in nearly $1.3 million total in funding for three of the eight selected startups: KIYATEC (Greenville, S.C.), OB Medical (Newberry, Fla.) and Kredible (Atlanta, Ga.).  To apply to present during RAISE Forum, startups should visit www.raiseforum.com/entrepreneurs.
Investor and Community Support

Current investor support for the Forum comes from across the region, with investors from Alder Asset Management, BIP, VentureSouth, AIM Group, Fulcrum Equity and many more.
Advisory support includes a mix of the region’s most influential startup ecosystem influencers and investors, including:

Michael Blake, Arpeggio Advisors

Charlie Brock, Launch Tennessee

Bob Crutchfield, formerly Harbert Ventures

Frank Dalton, Fulcrum Equity Ventures

Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta

Ed Rieker, 151 Locust
Additional support comes from Georgia Bio and other influential Southeastern startup incubators and influencers, as well as sponsors. A recent investor notes of Raise Forum, “In my 30 years of investing in startups, your process is the most organized and efficient avenue for identifying and learning about potential investments I've ever been involved. [Raise Forum] should be proud.”
Active investors or regional organizations interested in supporting the Forum, should visit www.raiseforum.com/investors to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and registration.