Barry Etra, Chief Enabler and founder of RAISE Forum joined Eric Holtzclaw of Biz Radio 1190 in studio! Barry and Eric discussed the booming entrepreneurial culture in the Southeast.
Eric V. Holtzclaw is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience and a founding member of multiple successful start-up companies, including one of the first profitable Internet enterprises and a company that appeared on the Inc. 5000 list three years in a row.
Barry shared his 3 tips for startups seeking investors: 1) Keep senior funding local 2) Foster an atmosphere of collaboration, not competition and 3) Get the corporations involved.
RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum, presented by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, is scheduled for November 11th in Atlanta at Emory University. This event is the only one of its kind to bring together startups and investors from across the Southeast with the goal of closing the region’s funding gap at higher levels of funding.
The Forum is accepting applications from post-revenue startups based in the Southeast (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina) that are 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, the 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 by September 22nd.