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.
Kelley Griggs, founder of Southern/alpha, a blog that ran from 2012-2015 on startups in the south, is back with a new resource for our region’s startups, particularly those based in Nashville. LaunchLetter is a weekday morning newsletter from Southern/alpha, featuring fellow founders and CEOs and their words of encouragement on incremental progress and positive habits. She’s also started StartupNash, a Slack chat group for anyone in Nashville building a startup.
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

Southern Startup News:
April 1 - April 17

New Orleans, LA - We’re still coming off a high from the recent New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, which drew 3,500 attendees and awarded $300,000 in funds and services to local entrepreneurs during pitch competitions throughout the week. One of those competitions was the New Orleans Health Innovators Challenge, which awarded Elnaz Sarabchian, the founder of California-based MedAux, nearly $36,000 in project funding. The inaugural INNO Conference is coming up at the end of this month, and a full schedule has been released. Biotech startup Instapath recently got a $3MM CPRIT grant and are going to move to Houston. In STEM education news, Loyola University New Orleans announced a partnership that will lead student teams through the entrepreneurial process of assessing the commercial potential for technologies patented by the National Security Agency, and the BizTech Fellows Program, an entrepreneurship program for students at Louisiana historically black colleges and universities is seeking applicants. STEM NOLA was recently named one of 15 new ecosystems selected to join the global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

Atlanta, GA - Two years ago, the Atlanta chapter of national minority-focused pre-accelerator program Ascend2020 launched. At the program’s recent Demo Day, one of the largest cohorts of minority tech entrepreneurs in the country graduated. DelivHer, a feminine hygiene startup founded by two Georgia State students, took home $105K at the recent E-Fest National Entrepreneurship Challenge. Dematic, a supply chain software and services company, is relocating its global headquarters in Atlanta, and the minority-focused Russell Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is preparing to open to its first members.

Austin, TX - Credit card giant Mastercard has acquired Austin financial-technology company Vyze Inc. for an undisclosed sum, while Austin-based publicly traded IT services company SolarWinds is acquiring Raleigh, NC based IT company Samanage for $350 million. App development company Phunware is laying off 23 people, which make up 15% of its staff. Global business software company Zoho is planning to move its headquarters to Austin, and Austin accounting automation software maker ScaleFactor has announced it will open its second office in Denver. One of Austin’s most active venture capital firms, LiveOak Venture Partners, announced it has closed on its second fund — worth $105 million - which has already been used in six investments. 

Charlotte, NC - At the recent 5th annual Blue Diamond Awards, local tech companies and startups were recognized. Rob Cummings from DealCloud won the IT Entrepreneurship award, while customer analytics and feedback company Stratifyd won the Cool Innovation award. Charlotte startup Battery Xchange was among the recent winners at the 6th Annual IdeaFest Pitch Competition.

Nashville, TN - One of Tennessee's biggest managed IT and print service providers, Novatech, is acquiring DynaSis, one of Atlanta's biggest IT outsourcing companies, in order to leverage their expertise in managed IT, cybersecurity and cloud solutions. Chattanooga startup FreightWaves and startup accelerator CO.LAB have announced the selected teams that will participate in the upcoming FreightTech Innovation Challenge, hosted in Chattanooga, on March 29-30. After receiving 141 individual applications from students representing 24 schools, 51 students from 15 schools were selected.

Tampa, FL - The finalists for Rise of the Rest 8.0 have been announced, and the list includes 40 growing startups from across Florida and Puerto Rico. The Tampa-St. Pete area is drawing praise for its innovation culture, and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is currently hosting is first cohort, educating them on how to make the leap from medium-size to large markets. Meanwhile, Miami-based Nearpod acquired Flocabulary, a maker of a student creativity platform which uses educational hip-hop to engage students and increase achievement.

Recent Rounds
Atlanta, GA - Gather - undisclosed

Atlanta, GA - Kabbage - $700M Securitization

Atlanta, GA - SingleOps - $1.6M Series A

Atlanta, GA - STORD - $12.4M

Atlanta, GA - UserIQ - $3.6M

Austin, TX - EverlyWell - $50M

Austin, TX - Lightspeed Systems - undisclosed

Austin, TX - Locale - $2.5M Seed

Austin, TX - Slingshot Aerospace - $5M Seed

Charlotte, NC - SecurSpace - $900K

Houston, TX - Innovapptive - $16.3M Series A

Houston, TX - Medical Informatics Corp. (MIC) - $11.9M Series A

Huntsville, AL - Spur - $8M Series A

Katy, TX - Qoreboard, Inc. - $1.6M Seed

Kennesaw, GA - International Screening Solutions - $1.5M

Miami, FL - Medusind Solutions - undisclosed

Nashville, TN - Artiphon - $2M Seed

Nashville, TN - Bridge Connector - $10M

New Orleans, LA - Bhoomi Cane Water - $750K

San Antonio, TX - Mailgun Technologies, Inc. - undisclosed

Saint Petersburg, FL - deepwatch - $23M Series A

St. Petersburg, FL - Webtalk - $1.6M

Tampa, FL - TrashButler - $5M Series A

West Palm Beach, FL - Back Office - $1.8M Seed

Upcoming Deadlines
April 19 - New Orleans, LA - Scale Up! Louisiana Application Deadline 

April 23 - Houston, TX - StartupGrind Houston #SGWomen 2019 Pitch Competition Application Deadline

April 26 - Chattanooga, TN - CO.LAB Consumer Goods Accelerator Application Deadline 

May - Atlanta, GA - Startup Runway #6

May 15 - Knoxville, TN - AgLaunch365 Accelerator Program Application Deadline

May 31 - Frisco, TX - CodeLaunch Seed Accelerator Application Deadline 

May 31 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - SUP-X Startup Competition Application Deadline

May 31 - Nashville, TN - Project Healthcare Portfolio Application Deadline 

May 31 - Nashville, TN - 36|86: Student Edition Pitch Competition Application Deadline

June 7 - Austin, TX - DivInc’s 2019 Cohort Application Deadline

July 1 - anywhere - MIT Solve 2019 Global Challenge Deadline

August 30 - Ridgeland, MS - Mississippi New Venture Challenge Application Deadline
Upcoming Events
April 22-23 - Atlanta, GA - FinTech South 2019

April 23 - Baton Rouge, LA - Fifth Annual Inventorship Showcase

April 23 - Atlanta, GA -  Atlanta Startup Battle Competition 6.0

April 23 - Austin, TX - April Startup Showcase

April 23 - Austin, TX - Tarmac TX 2018 Cohort Demo Day

April 24-26 - Charleston, SC - Dig South Tech Summit

April 24 - Conway, AR - Startup Grind with Mike Preston

April 25 - Austin, TX - Innovation Workshop: AR and VR | The Future of Enterprise Technology

April 26-27 - Savannah, GA - Geekend Conference

April 27 - Raleigh, NC - myBeeHyve’s The Swarm

April 28-29 - Miami, FL - Florida Funders Investor Summit & Social

April 29-30 - Miami, FL - eMerge Americas

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

April 29 - New Orleans, LA - The Idea Village Demo Day

April 30 - Birmingham, AL - Velocity Accelerator 2019 Demo Day

April 30 - Charlotte, NC - 2019 Charlotte Venture Challenge

May 1 - New Orleans, LA - PitchNOLA Health & Food Challenge

May 1 - Little Rock, AR - 4th Annual FIS Fintech Accelerator Kickoff Event

May 2 - Atlanta, GA - 6th Annual Startup Runway

May 3 - Birmingham, AL - Innovate Birmingham’s 7th Cohort Demo Day and Spring 2019 Graduation

May 8 - Charlotte, NC - Talent Jam Charlotte - Startup Edition

May 8 - Miami, FL - Intrigue Digital Marketing Summit

May 9 - Tuskegee, AL - Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale

May 13-19 - New Orleans, LA - NolaCon Information Security/Hacker Conference

May 14 - New Orleans, LA - JEDCO Challenge Pitch Competition

May 15 - Atlanta, GA - Siggie Awards, Honoring Early Stage Investors

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

May 23 - Tampa, FL - poweredUP Tampa Bay Tech Festival

July 22-26 - New Orleans, LA - Certified Ethical Hacker Workshop

July 25 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - SUP-X: The StartUp Expo

August 28-29 - Nashville, TN - 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival

October 13-15 - Raleigh, NC - All Things Open Conference

October 16-17 - Atlanta, GA - Venture Atlanta Conference

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