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The RAISE "Fall" Forum Set for Emory in November

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

investors, including:

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 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and registration.

To apply to present during RAISE Forum, startups should visit 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

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