GP Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the RAISE Portal?
The RAISE Portal is a private section of the RAISE website, available only to the registered participants of RAISE5. General Partners use the RAISE Portal to create, edit, and publish a profile about their company and funds. Limited Partners use the portal to search for, review, sort, connect with, and request additional information from attending General Partners. In September all participants use the portal to watch and participate in the RAISE5 virtual sessions.
What is required to complete the application to present at RAISE5?
First you must be invited, and then purchase a ticket. Next, you complete and publish your profile to participating Limited Partners. Presentation applicants are required to submit a fundraising deck and fund performance data as part of completing their profile, however, you choose whether or not these are visible to participating LPs, or private to the selection committee. Once this is complete, you may optionally upload supplemental materials for use ONLY by the RAISE Presentation Selection Committee. These materials may include track records, bios, and other traditional data room materials. Uploading supplemental materials is optional, but highly recommended as it increases your chances of being selected as a presenter.
Who decides which funds present at RAISE5?
We expect more applications to present than we have presentation slots. As a result, we have formed a committee of experienced venture capital fund investors to select which funds will present.
I am not applying to present. Should I still complete a Profile?
Highly recommended: Yes! Completing a profile markets you and your funds to attending Limited Partners, increasing your connections and brand awareness for fundraising and deal flow.
Will RAISE Conferences schedule 1:1 meetings for me?
This year the event committee is offering concierge services to schedule 1:1 meetings for LP-GP connection. During completion of your profile you may elect to allow Limited Partners to request scheduled meetings with you. If you elect Yes, a button will appear on your profile that LPs can click to Request Virtual Meeting. If clicked, we will contact you to arrange an online virtual meeting between this LP and you. Be considerate. If you elect this option and an LP requests a meeting with you, please make time on your calendar to connect with this LP.
Is my contact information visible on the RAISE Portal?
By default your personal contact information is NOT visible to Limited Partners. During completion of your profile you may elect to publish this information. If you elect to publish your contact information, your email address and phone number will be visible to Limited Partners. Your LinkedIn profile link (if provided) will always be visible. Other General Partners cannot see your profile or contact information.
Is my fundraising deck visible on the RAISE Portal?
By default your fundraising deck is NOT visible to Limited Partners. During completion of your profile you are asked to upload a copy of your most recent fundraising deck. This step is required for anyone applying to present at RAISE5. You may optionally publish this deck to attending Limited Partners by answering Yes when asked during completion of your profile. If you elect to publish your deck, Limited Partners will have an option to request a copy of your deck when privately viewing your profile. RAISE will distribute your fundraising deck to the requesting Limited Partner. You will receive a full list of all Limited Partners (including their email address) who access your deck. Other General Partners cannot see your profile or fundraising deck.
Is my fund performance data visible on the RAISE Portal?
By default your fund performance data is NOT visible to Limited Partners. If you are applying to present at RAISE, your profile is required to contain your Fund Performance data. You may elect to publish this Fund Performance data by answering Yes when asked during completion of your profile. Other General Partners cannot see your profile or fund performance data.
I just started fundraising a new fund, what fund performance data should I provide?
Even a new fund has data. At a minimum the name of the fund and the target total fund size should be provided, even if all other metrics are currently 0. In fact most companies applying to present at RAISE are now, or soon will be in-market. Therefore, your most recent fund is likely to be just your target, with little or no performance yet available.
What is the deadline for applying to present?
The change to a virtual format requires more lead time prior to the actual event. Therefore all applications to present at RAISE5 must be completed by Sunday August 2, 2020. The earlier you complete your registration and profile, the earlier LPs can review your profile and reach out for a connection.
When will I know if I am presenting?
You will be notified whether or not you have been selected to present, on or around Wednesday September 2.
If I am selected to present, what slides are required?
Presentations at RAISE are limited to 5 minutes each. The audience may be as large as 500 or more people. You will have approximately 10 days from the date you are notified of your selection in which to complete your slides for this 5 minutes (7-10 slides max).
If I am not selected to present, should I still participate?
General Partners participating in RAISE find the event is worth their time, even if they do not present. Your profile is published to all participating Limited Partners and can be augmented with your own 5-minute video pitch if not selected to present. In addition, you can join the Webcast sessions starting September 29 and watch the other GPs present, learning from your peers and making connections to other funds.
Can I get a list of the people participating in RAISE5?
A complete list of participants (name and company only) will be provided to you as part of your logistical email, on or around Wednesday September 23rd.