RAISE Forum Announces Finalists for Inaugural Startup Event

October 29, 2015


Nine Finalists Selected to Present to Active Southeastern Investors 


ATLANTA (Oct. 29, 2015) – RAISE Forum announces nine finalists selected to present during its inaugural 

event Friday, Nov. 6 at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. The forum is the first of its kind to bring 

together mature early-stage companies and investors from across the Southeast with the goal of closing 

the region’s funding gap and providing new and strategic investment opportunities to a broader pool of 

The nine companies selected to present include SigniX, Clean Hands Safe Hands, Clinigence, 

NexDefense, Prong, SkyMedicus, NFANT, MetroTech and FotoIN Mobile. The qualifiers will present to a 

group of hand-selected investors who chose the finalists from a large pool of qualified applicants.


These companies were selected by a group of Goizueta MBA students and seasoned investors who felt 

the companies are all mature enough to be considered viable ventures. The selection committee 

intentionally matched presenting companies with investors who have synergies within industries and 


“We’ve cultivated a sampling of the region’s most innovative and impressive entrepreneurs,” says RAISE 

Forum Founder Barry Etra. “We are confident RAISE Forum investors will be impressed with the finalists’ 

breadth of business experience and that our finalists will walk away with new contacts, more 

experience, and ultimately, additional funding for their businesses.”


RAISE Forum finalists completed a training course to prepare for presentations to investors. Training was 

provided by RAISE Forum advisors and discipline sponsors in the fields of accounting, law, real estate 

and wealth management. Sponsors include Bennett Thrasher, BakerHostetler, Cushman & Wakefield, 

Deutsche Bank, Syrup Marketing, Trevelino/Keller, Presentation Tune-ups and Panton Capital Holdings. 




RAISE Forum was founded in 2014 by Barry Etra as a vehicle for bringing together mature startups and 

investors from across the Southeast, fostering collaboration within the region’s entrepreneurial 

ecosystem. The inaugural Forum will be held November 6, 2015 at Emory University. To learn more 

about the event, visit www.raiseforum.com.

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