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.
I originally became aware of LookFar when I was nominated for their 2nd annual Ada Lovelace Awards, back in 2016. It was an honor to be nominated alongside so many other amazing local women working in tech fields.

When I joined LookFar as Director of Marketing in 2017, I spent my first few months organizing the 3rd annual Ada Lovelace Awards, which we expanded to recognize women in 6 Southern states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. 

I’m pleased to announce that nominations are now open for LookFar’s 4th annual Ada Lovelace Awards.

The event, which celebrates the women who have made the biggest impact in the regional tech community, will take place on March 26 as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week and coinciding with Women’s History Month. This year, the awards will recognize six distinct categories: Software Engineer, Tech Founder, Product Manager, UI/UX Designer, Digital Marketer, and STEM Educator.

If you know a talented woman in tech who fits this description, I urge you to nominate her today. 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.

Southern Startup News:
January 24 - February 6

New Orleans, LA - Local accelerator The Idea Village has announced they’ve been accepted to become a GAN Accelerator, a highly-curated community of independent accelerators, partners and investors which spans more than 120 cities and six continents. They also announced the 9 startups selected for their IDEAx accelerator: 3D Media, DigCargo, Don’t Get Mad Get Paid, RentCheck, Orthobistro, SAMPLECHAIN, Stilio, TrayAway, and UpScribed. Two local entrepreneurs, Knud Berthelsen of Free Your Tea and business strategy advisor Eugene Brill, have launched the New Orleans Chamber of Ecommerce, a meetup group for owners of online shops. New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is seeking speakers for their event next month. 

Atlanta, GA - Black startup founders from ATL were recently recognized in a feature from Inc. Magazine, while 3 Georgia tech companies — Worldpay, Cerner Corporation, and Eclipse IA — have announced layoffs. Real estate marketplace Zillow is eyeing Atlanta as a new regional headquarters, and IT security firm EarthLink is moving back to Atlanta after being purchased for $330M. The Technology Association of Georgia has announced its annual Top 40 Innovative Companies, while Techstars Atlanta is currently recruiting Southern startups for their 2019 cohort, with a Southeast Meet and Greet Tour planned for this spring.

Austin, TX - The 9 startups that will be participating in this year’s Techstars Austin have been announced, and all but 2 hail from Southern cities: CountertopSmart (Austin); CPRWrap (Chattanooga); Dearduck (Houston); Knocki (Austin); Livsn (Fayetteville); Pass It Down (Chattanooga); Slice of Sauce (Los Angeles); Succession Matching (Toronto); and Woorly (Chattanooga). The Austin Technology Council announced that Amber Gunst has been appointed CEO after serving as the interim CEO since May of 2018.

Dallas, TX - Inclusive coworking space, The Riveter, is headed to Dallas later this year, while Dallas Innovates recently profiled the many ways that diversity is fueling startup funding across North Texas. A few startups recently launched in Dallas: used car sales startup TRED wants to help users save money and skip the line at their local DMV, and Sásta calls itself “Dallas’ first on-demand bartender and server app.”

Miami, FL - The next Rise of the Rest bus tour is headed to Florida, including Orlando, Tampa Bay, Miami, and the Space Coast, as well as Puerto Rico, Revolution has announced. Miami startup founder Sebastian Gomez-Puerto of SunVessel won the $5K pitch competition prize at Synapse Summit in Tampa recently. The $11 billion sale of South Florida’s Ultimate Software was announced on Monday. The deal is likely to make millionaires out of many of the company’s longer-term employees.

Recent Rounds
Asheboro, NC - Phase Change Energy Solutions - undisclosed

Atlanta, GA - Featurespace - $32.3M

Atlanta, GA - SmartPath - $2.7M

Atlanta, GA - ThingTech - $4M Series A

Austin, TX - Billd - $60M Series A

Austin, TX - CherryCircle Software - $2.3M Seed

Austin, TX - Disco - $83M

Austin, TX - Hive9 - $2.3M

Austin, TX - RigUp - $60M Series C

College Station, TX - Essentium - $22.2M Series A

Dallas, TX - Phynd Technologies - $8M Series B

Dallas, TX - Vinli - $13.5M Series B

Houston, TX - GoCo - $7M Series A

Jacksonville, FL - Finxact - $30M

Orlando, FL - Mosyle - $16M Series A

Research Triangle, NC - SmartSky Networks - $104M

Tallahassee, FL - MCCi - undisclosed

Tampa, FL - Knack - $125K
Upcoming Deadlines
February 8 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Tech Madness Nomination Deadline

February 8 - Austin, TX - Austin Tech Madness Nomination Deadline

February 9 - New Orleans, LA - Startup St. Bernard Pitch Competition Application Deadline

February 10 - Delta I-Fund Application Deadline

February 10 - Houston, TX - Rice Business Plan Competition Application Deadline

February 11 - Atlanta, GA - Opportunity Hub @ Flatiron School Coding Bootcamp Scholarship Application Deadline

February 14 - Austin, TX - Bose AR Pitch Competition Application Deadline

February 15 - New Orleans, LA - Greater New Orleans Startup Index Submissions Due

February 15 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Speaker Applications

February 18 - New Orleans, LA - PitchNOLA Application Deadline

February 18 - New Orleans, LA - INNOconf Speaker Submission Deadline

February 18 - Austin, TX - Quake Capital Austin Spring 19' Accelerator Application Deadline

February 18 - Chattanooga, TN - CO.LAB's HealthTech Accelerator Application Deadline

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 9 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Startup Battle Application Deadline

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

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

March 31 - Tampa, FL - TechDiversity Accelerator Program 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
February 4-8 - Tampa, FL - Techstars Startup Week Tampa Bay

February 5-9 - Miami, FL - BlackTech Week

February 6-7 - Jacksonville, FL - Global FinTech Innovation Challenge

February 8-10 - Pensacola, FL - Startup Weekend Pensacola

February 14 - Atlanta, GA - USA Hackers Challenge

February 16 - Tampa, FL - TiEcon Florida 2019

February 19 - Gainesville, FL - Startup Challenge Final Pitch Competition

February 20-22 - Austin, TX - Social Media Week Austin

February 20 - Austin, TX - Black in Tech Summit

February 21 - Shreveport, LA - Tech to Market

February 28 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Tech Talent Fest

March 1-3 - Jackson, MS - Techstars Startup Weekend Jackson

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

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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