Raising + Rising 2023

Meet the Raising + Rising 2023 Participants

As a special part of Innov865 week, Raising + Rising will showcase seven entrepreneurs’ businesses in a room full of investors, industry experts, and local Knoxville companies.


The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is excited to announce the seven participating companies in the 2023 Raising and Rising showcase! Raising + Rising is a special event for companies who are currently in the early or late stages of raising capital. This is an opportunity to network and tell their company’s story. 


Meet The Participants!


Founder: Luke Wiseman

 LinkedIn | Website

Loop offers a suite of powerful tools for K-12 school districts that help streamline stakeholder communication, automate routine tasks, and generate actionable insights that save districts money and other resources.


Zen Hammer 

Founder: Edwin Williams

 LinkedIn | Website

Zenhammer was founded in 2018 by Edwin Williams, Matthew Mayfield, and Robert Pryately. As residents of Northeastern Tennessee and members of the Homebuilders Association, they wanted to find a way to help local contractors and subcontractors use technology, stay on the job and out of the office.  In the summer of 2019, Zenhammer’s development team joined a technology accelerator program at Atlanta Tech Village. After months and many trials later, the team was proud to launch the Zenhammer app to the public in the Fall of 2020.



Founder: James Horey

LinkedIn | Website

Slideform is a SaaS platform that enables agencies and client-facing organizations to scale their data-driven presentations. Our software automatically incorporates key metrics from a variety of data sources into custom presentation templates. Instead of spending hours copy & pasting charts into presentations, our users can create bespoke presentations in minutes. 



Founder: Deric Frost

LinkedIn | Website

REELAY MEETINGS, INC. is an innovative software-as-a-solution (SaaS) company specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Founded by a seasoned team of successful entrepreneurs and software engineers, our firm brings meetings in-line with how teams work today by creating actionable Reelay Meeting Assets featuring fully searchable post-meeting videos and word-for-word transcriptions.Meetings are now more actionable. Team members are more accountable. And businesses are now more efficient. With our intelligent platform, which seamlessly integrates across existing meeting technology stacks, Reelay is redefining the way we are meeting today. 


Frog Juice Kombucha 

Founder: Frog Greishaw

 LinkedIn | Website

We are Frog Juice, Knoxville’s premier kombucha company! We utilize 100% organic, fair trade, and locally sourced (whenever possible) ingredients. Since our beginning in 2014 (relocated here in 2017), we have maintained the commitment to keeping our carbon footprint as small as possible and we implement this in our brewing practices in every step that we can. The relationships we have forged with regional farmers over the years are one of our most important assets. Our community is everything to us, and creating a safe space (The Boocherie) for folx in recovery, in the LGBTQIA+ community, artists of all mediums, and a place for education of often overlooked issues, has been an absolute honor to facilitate for the past year in Knoxville. We look forward to growing our company in a good way, with grace and ease, and increasing our efforts to enrich our home however we can.



Founder: Jaleria Rivera

 LinkedIn | Website

SpaceCraft makes space for artists to craft. We understand that art flourishes when you give space to explore in a low-stakes and caring environment. Our mission is to minimize the barriers to becoming an artist through equitable access to community, studio space, and performance opportunities.


Silver Lining Produxtions

Founder: Daesya Parker

Silver Lining Produxtions is a digital storytelling archive studio built to cultivate and hold the stories of historically marginalized and disenfranchised people. We document the quiet and seemingly ordinary lives of people who exist both in spite of and because of their circumstances. We highlight these experiences as proof that we have lived. 

September 14th, 2023


CGI Office in Riverview Tower (Tenth Floor)

900 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

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