The Southern Startup Report is a twice-monthly, curated newsletter covering the latest tech startup happenings in the American Southeast. It is produced by LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.
Tomorrow is your last chance to nominate a woman in tech for the 4th annual Ada Lovelace Awards.

The awards recognize the accomplishments of women from across the Gulf South region, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

This year there are six distinct categories: Software Engineer, Tech Founder, Product Manager, UI/UX Designer, Digital Marketer, and STEM Educator.

Nominate an exceptional co-worker, startup founder, or friend here. Nominations close on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 6pm CST.
Nominate a woman in tech for the Ada Lovelace Awards!
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

P.S. Save the date! The 4th annual Ada Lovelace Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Civic Theatre (510 O'Keefe Avenue) in downtown New Orleans as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
Southern Startup News:
February 7 - February 27

New Orleans, LA - The headliners for this year’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week have been announced, and they include Jim Clark, co-founder of Netscape and Jim Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape. Registration for the event, which will feature more than 130 speakers and events March 25-29, is now open. The inaugural INNO Conference, to take place April 29 - May 2, is partnering with Startup of the Year for a pitch competition and showcase; the deadline to apply is March 22. As the fastest growing chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization in the nation, EO Louisiana has been selected as the host of the 2020 XCentric conference, a “multi-day learning event” that connects entrepreneurs with world-renowned speakers and business leaders. The New Orleans BioInnovation Center has been picked as the statewide partner for the new Southeast Xlerator Network life sciences accelerator program, while Launch Pad recently raised $1.3 million to continue the expansion of their network of co-working spaces in Opportunity Zones across the U.S. Local tech firm iSeatz is celebrating 20 years in business this year, and they are expanding and hiring in several key roles

Atlanta, GA - Atlanta-based marketing platform Mailchimp has acquired local startup Sawa, an automated graphic design platform that went through Techstars Atlanta’s third cohort in 2018. Venture firm LOUD Capital recently established a new office in Atlanta along with two funds primarily focused on investing in Atlanta and the Southeast. The University of Georgia is in the early stages of creating a new Innovation District, while Georgia officials are exploring the possibility of using autonomous ‘microtransit pods’ from startup Transit X to transport residents on thin rails high above traffic. Atlanta-based digital identity verification company IDology is being acquired by British identity data company GBG for $300 million.

Austin, TX - A recent report from the Austin Chamber of Commerce shows that venture capital funding for Austin startups hit historic levels last year. $1.3 billion was invested across 124 Austin companies, which was a 70% increase from the previous year. To continue that growth, private equity firm Strattam Capital has closed on its second fund with $230 million, earmarked for SaaS companies, while Quake Capital is raising a new $100 million fund for early-stage startups. San Antonio-based B2B SaaS focused venture equity firm, Scaleworks, also closed its second flagship fund with $80 million in capital commitments recently. Notley Ventures’ Center for Social Innovation announced a new philanthropic investment and partnership with DivInc, an accelerator dedicating to helping startups led by diverse founders. 

Dallas, TX - The Dallas Entrepreneur Center Network recently announced the launch of its Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator, which will focus on supporting urban and civic transformation via emerging technologies and data and connectivity upgrades. Last week Southern Methodist University broke ground on their new innovation hub: the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation is being built to encourage advanced computing and interdisciplinary research at SMU.

Greenville, SC - South Carolina-based early stage investment firm VentureSouth has announced record-setting results for a fifth consecutive year. In 2018, they grew their membership to nearly 300 investors and invested $7 million in 22 Southeastern startups, up from $4.5 million in 2017. VentureSouth made first-time investments in new portfolio companies 6AM City, Sharpen, Sentio, Threatswitch, ecomdash, Emergo Therapeutics, and Spiffy. They also made follow-on investments to help accelerate the growth of prior portfolio companies, including Atlas Organics, Kwipped, and Brightfield Transportation.

Tampa, FL - South Florida unicorn ConnectWise has agreed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo, a technology-focused private equity firm. The significance and size of the transaction could put extra emphasis on Tampa Bay as the next technology hotspot. Clearwater-based cyber-security firm KnowBe4 has acquired a Brazilian phishing simulation startup, while Joi Scientific, based at the Kennedy Space Center, recently announced that it is co-developing a hydrogen production system to enable the world’s first electricity grid that uses hydrogen as a baseload. 

Recent Rounds
Atlanta, GA - CommissionTrac - $1.15M Seed

Atlanta, GA - Ionic Security - $40M Series E

Atlanta, GA - Pointivo - $7M Series A 

Atlanta, GA - Roadie - $37M Series C

Atlanta, GA - Sideqik - $5M Series A

Austin, TX - NarrativeDx - undisclosed

Austin, TX - Pinpoint - $13.5M Series A  

Austin, TX - Rabbet - $8M Series A

Austin, TX - RapidDeploy - $12M Series A 

Austin, TX - SchoolAdmin - undisclosed

Austin, TX - SpyCloud - $21M Series B

Charleston, SC - Palmetto Clean Technologies - $20M  

Charlotte, NC - Stratifyd - $4M Series B

Chattanooga, TN - FreightWaves - $20M Series B

Dallas, TX - Kanarys - $575K Pre-Seed

Dallas, TX - ParkHub - $13M Series B

Houston, TX - GoExpedi - $8M Series A

Lafayette, LA - ThinkGenetic - $1.5M Angel 

Miami, FL - Kairos - $4M

Nashville, TN - Digital Reasoning - undisclosed

Orlando, FL - ecoSPEARS - $2M Seed

Raleigh, NC - Joydrive - $3M

Richardson, TX - Ikonopedia - $2M Series C 
Upcoming Deadlines
March 1 - LA, MS, AL, GA, FL & TX - 4th Annual Ada Lovelace Awards Nomination Deadline

March 2 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Startup Week Speaker Application Deadline

March 8 - Chattanooga, TN - FreightTech Innovation Challenge Application Deadline

March 9 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Startup Battle Application Deadline

March 11 - Florida - Rise of the Rest 8.0 Application Deadline

March 11 - Miami, FL - Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition Deadline

March 11 - Conway, AR - 10X Growth Accelerator Application Deadline

March 11 - Durham, NC - NC IDEA LABS Application Deadline 

March 15 - Atlanta, GA - Students2Startups Application Deadline

March 22 - New Orleans, LA - Startup of the Year Pitch Competition Application Deadline

March 24 - Conway, AR - Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Application Deadline

March 31 - Tampa, FL - TechDiversity Accelerator Program Application Deadline

March 31 - Winston-Salem, NC - Flywheel New Ventures Accelerator Startup Challenge Application Deadline

April 7 - Atlanta, GA - Techstars Atlanta Application Deadline

April - Charleston, SC - DIG SOUTH Speaker Submissions

April - Charleston, SC - DIG SOUTH Tech Summit Wild Pitch Demo Day

May - Atlanta, GA - Startup Runway #6
Upcoming Events
March 1-3 - Jackson, MS - Techstars Startup Weekend Jackson

March 1 - Austin, TX - DivInc's Champions of Change Awards

March 6 - Greensboro, NC - Capital Connects Pitch Competition

March 7 - Miami, FL - 500 Startups Unity and Inclusion Summit

March 8 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum

March 8 - Austin, TX - SXSW Startup Crawl 2019

March 8-11 - Austin, TX - HBCU@SXSW

March 14-15 - New Orleans, LA -
Crypto Current Conference

March 22-23 - Charlotte, NC - HackathonCLT

March 25-29 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

March 27 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Health Innovators Pitch Finale Event

March 29-30 - Chattanooga, TN - FreightTech Innovation Challenge

April 1-5 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Startup Week 2019

April 4-6 - Baton Rouge, LA - Activate Conference 2019

April 4-6 - Houston, TX - Rice Business Plan Competition 

April 29 - May 2 - New Orleans, LA - INNOconf

May 21-23 - Atlanta, GA - php[tek] 2019

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