RAISE Forum Announces Finalists for Inaugural Startup Event
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.