RAISE Forum Launches Third Funding Forum for Post-Revenue Startups in the Southeast
Emory-Sponsored Event Matches Investors and Startups Seeking Funding between $1 Million and $5
ATLANTA (August, 18, 2016) – The Southeast has a history of innovation, and though Atlanta
consistently tops the list when it comes to entrepreneurship, there is a notable lack of investment in
locally-grown startups that are post-revenue.
RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for theSoutheast 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.
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) 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.
“We are deeply committed to helping startups grow in Atlanta and across the Southeastern U.S.,” says
Charlie Goetz, Distinguished Lecturer at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. “RAISE Forum
nurtures investment in business, but also across the region as a whole.”
Investor and Community Support
Current investor support for the Forum comes from across the region, and investors with Ethos Capital
Partners, BIP Capital, Atlanta Tech Angels, UCAN, AIM Group and more have attended the event.
Advisory support includes a mix of the region’s most influential startup ecosystem influencers and
Charlie Brock, Launch Tennessee
Harold Brown, Atlanta Tech Angels
Bob Crutchfield, Harbert Ventures
Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta
Eric Dobson, Angel Capital Group
Ed Rieker, 151 Locust
“We’ve taken a highly disciplined approach to ensure the right mix of investors attend the Forum,”
explains RAISE Forum Founder Barry Etra. “The Forum stresses entrepreneurial collaboration over
competition in the Southeast and will encourage regional business by fostering Southern
Additional support comes from Georgia Bio and a number of other influential Southeastern startup
ecosystem incubators and influencers. The forum is currently seeking additional event sponsors. Active
investors or regional organizations interested in supporting the Forum, should visit
http://raiseforum.com/investors.html to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and registration.
To apply to present during RAISE Forum, startups should visit
http://raiseforum.com/entrepreneurs.html to learn more about the application process.
About RAISE Forum
RAISE Forum was founded in 2014 by Barry Etra as a vehicle for bringing together startups and investors
from across the Southeast, fostering collaboration among the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The
Forum, now an integral piece of the Entrepreneurship program at Goizueta, will be held November 11,
2016 at Emory University.To learn more about the event, visit www.raiseforum.com.