The 12th semi-annual RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum will take place, May 7. This invitation-only event brings together startups and investors from across the Southeast with the goal of closing the region’s funding gap at higher levels of funding.
Founded in 2015 by business expert Charlie Goetz to connect startups and investors from across the Southeast, the RAISE Forum fosters collaboration within the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. RAISE is a program within the new Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Now presented by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the RAISE Forum will host a one-day funding forum that introduces companies to interested and active investors through formal presentations and networking opportunities. RAISE aims to keep early-stage companies in the Southeast by funding them locally. RAISE also features only Southeastern investors, focusing on group syndication, venture capital firms, large angel investor groups, and family offices.
Applications are open for Startup Showcase
The Forum will showcase companies in the healthcare, software, manufacturing, fintech, and other innovative technology spaces. Using a highly disciplined approach to matching investors with startups, the Forum stresses entrepreneurial collaboration over competition. As a result, roughly one in five presenting companies go into funding through the Forum’s efforts, and all previously funded companies have remained in the Southeast.
Applications are open for post-revenue startups. The Forum requires that you are a post-revenue company, or that you are imminently in-revenue, and that you need $500K to $5M in funding to execute your plan to grow. The event is for those companies that have a proven business model and are ready to scale up to a new level of volume or service.
The deadline to apply is March 26. Apply here!
Featured image via RAISE Forum.