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RAISE Sponsors Serve Startup Cause

RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum was founded as vehicle for bringing together startups and investors from across the Southeast. Why? To help create a hotbed for entrepreneurship and close the region’s funding gap at higher levels of funding.

In the last several years we’ve certainly come a long way towards these goals; and much of the credit falls on the sponsors that champion our efforts.

We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the following companies:

Emory University's Goizueta Business School

With an impressive suite of degree and non-degree programs tailored to match student interest and meet their needs, Emory University's Goizueta Business School delivers academic offerings with a profoundly personal and highly transformational experience.


BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 940 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.

Presentation TuneUps

Steve Brett is a pioneer in digital marketing and website development and a 25-year veteran in the ad business. He founded and built an ad agency in New York that grew to become a member of The American Association of Ad Agencies. Today, Steve specializes in personal communications helping individuals and teams deliver compelling talks, pitches, and presentations of all kinds – to internal and public audiences.


Trevelino/Keller is sought after for its outcome-driven approach across seven practices — Technology, Health, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Franchising, Environment and Lifestyle. With four service channels — public relations, digital/social marketing, demand generation and creative services — it places special emphasis on four markets: Disruptive Forces, Category Pioneers, Unknown Leaders and Wonder Women. Headquartered in Atlanta, the industry’s “First In Retention” firm operates WheelhouseTK, an extended marketing services consortium, Atlas Alliance, a global network of boutique firms and Winepreneurs, a network effect series for entrepreneurs.


Based in Atlanta, GreenSky is a leading financial technology companies in the country, providing technology-enabled payment solutions that power partners to close more deals and create loyal customers. Over the past five years, GreenSky has exploded into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, partnering with 14 banks providing aggregate funding commitments in excess of $6.5 billion, to help more than 12,000 merchants provide fast, frictionless and easy financing options to more than 600,000 consumers.


StratAlli provides CEOs, GMs or Division Managers with solutions that create sustainable profitable growth! Our focus starts with better strategic plans, exceptional growth via productive alliances, and management tools that ensure execution of goals. Additionally, we bring extensive financing tools to businesses needing growth capital.

Northstar Consulting

Northstar Consulting LLC helps local Atlanta entrepreneurs access grants, loans, investment opportunities, training and support, while also providing key business advice. Established in 2010 by Gene G. Wright, Northstar was founded to help business owners and leaders in small to mid-size businesses change to become more successful. Passionate about working with business owners to help them grow and prosper, Wright received certification from the Organization for Entrepreneurial Development (OED) in 2011 to provide advisory services under their Local Business Assistance Program (LBAP). Currently he serves as a Trustee and leads the Veterans Program for the Organization for Entrepreneurial Development.

Thank you for making what we do possible!


We are seeking post-revenue startups based in the Southeast --Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina-- 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, a 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 September 15.

Apply Now!

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