RAISE Forum at Emory Works for Investors and Growing Companies

November 24, 2015

 

The investors at the initial Forum saw nine great presentations from firms that needed funding to reach new 

levels of success. The entrepreneurs were facing a room with 20 active investors who wanted to help fund 

new businesses with a chance to disrupt the market. The RAISE Forum was held at Emory University’s 

Goizueta Business School, where the smart money met the top innovators in the South. Call it OKCupid for 

business.

 

RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) matched firms that were already in 

business and post-revenue with investors who were looking for firms that could really make a difference and 

had proven they could sell product.

 

“This was one event that didn’t waste the investors’ time,” according to one group whose firm was looking at 

several of the presenters. “What we saw were well-prepared presentations” that went off on-time and 

highlighted what the funds and investors really wanted to hear in order to make commitments.

 

Rather than hearing about hopes and expectations, companies like SkyMedicus, NFant, CleanHands 

SafeHands, and SIGNiX have already been in business for several years, have clients signed up with more in 

the pipeline, and their products or services are already in use. They are looking to break out in a big way.

Others, like Prong, a consumer technology company; NexDefense, a cyber-security firm; Metrotech, a next-

gen traffic software; FotoIn, a document management firm; and Clinigence, a healthcare management 

software firm are either in production or have beta partners running their platforms and proving their 

concepts. 

 

The beauty of the RAISE Forum is that it’s not a ‘shark tank’. The companies and the investors are well-

matched, and the “invitation-only” event was produced to facilitate a real dialogue among not only the firms 

and the investors, but also among the investors themselves – like some Silicon Valley models.

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