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.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is right around the corner, which means so is our 4th annual Ada Lovelace Awards!

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the accomplishments of women in technology on Tuesday, March 26 at the Civic Theatre here in New Orleans. Nearly 90 women from across the Gulf South region were nominated, and we’re looking forward to celebrating in style. 
Get your tickets for the Ada Lovelace Awards!
I will also be speaking at NOEW, kicking off the Discovery Stage at the NOEW Summit with a talk entitled Embrace Yr Weird on March 28. 
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

Southern Startup News:
February 28 - March 13

New Orleans, LA - Spring is high season for tech and startup related events here in New Orleans. New Orleans Entrepreneur Week released their full schedule of events, to take place March 25-29, and the inaugural Crypto Current Conference will take place this Friday, March 15. The annual JEDCO Challenge is now seeking startups to compete for its $20K prize, while Women Techmakers & GDG New Orleans are hosting the 2019 International Women's Day Celebration, a women's tech conference, on March 23. (Of course, we'll also be hosting our own 4th annual Ada Lovelace Awards to celebrate women in tech on March 26.) In STEM education news, a local teacher recently started a STEM Lending Library to bridge the gap in resources at local schools, and local high school students are using 3-D printers to make prosthetics for children

Atlanta, GA - The local K-12 education tech startup TechPilot Labs was recently acquired, while Atlanta-based payments technology company InComm has acquired Linq3 Technologies, which is focused on the lottery industry. Local co-working hub Switchyards is looking to expand across Atlanta with “Neighborhood Clubs” and The Lola is seeking founding members for its women’s only co-working space, which is set to open this summer. USA Today recently profiled the wave of black entrepreneurs who are flocking to Atlanta to grow their startups. 

Austin, TX - ATX software company Digital Pharmacist Inc. was recently acquired for $125M, while Hypergiant announced it’s working on the first steps to creating an an interplanetary Internet. Early-stage VC firm ATX Seed Ventures recently closed its second fund at $32M, and Kansas City-based Firebrand Ventures has established an Austin office

Birmingham, AL - Six Alabama startups recently competed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Alabama Launchpad competition. VentorLux, which uses ultraviolet-C LED lights to sanitize air flowing through healthcare facilities’ HVAC system, won the $100K prize, while biotech company CerFlux took home $50K. 

Charleston, SC - More than 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and executives are expected to gather next month for the 7th annual DIG SOUTH Tech Summit. The three-day event, held April 24-26, will cover topics from multiple tracks including Business Growth, Emerging Tech, Digital Marketing, FinTech–Blockchain–Investor, and Health Tech. The event concludes with a “Wild Pitch” competition. Meanwhile, Greenville Business Magazine recently offered a statewide look at the state’s thriving tech incubators

Dallas, TX - The UT Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has launched a partnership with Capital Factory. The grand opening launch of their new incubator is planned to take place during Dallas Startup Week (April 1-5). A new study by Accenture puts Dallas ahead of the pack when it comes to emerging technology adoption. 

Durham, NC - Biotech firm Precision BioSciences recently filed to raise $100 million in IPO. According to a new study, both the Durham-Chapel Hill and Raleigh areas rank among the top 15 metro areas for STEM employment in the nation, with more than 10% of the local labor force consisting of high-tech workers. NC IDEA recently announced the 5 local startups that have been selected for $5,000 grants to help them set up crowdfunding campaigns: Black Mountain Ciderworks, Freeman Capital, LivWell Nutrition, Optimal Solar, and Vanmile

Nashville, TN - Another giant tech company is looking to set up shop in Music City: Oracle is reportedly seeking about 800,000 square feet of office space in Nashville for its sales and marketing teams. Nashville-based cybersecurity firm Uniguest has acquired Touchtown, a tech provider that specializes in senior living community engagement.

Tampa, FL - Tampa-based cybersecurity company KnowBe4 is near the brink of unicorn status, and Tampa Bay Inno recently hosted their first State of Innovation Event to discuss the local entrepreneurial scene. Miami-based shipping logistics software startup Octopi was recently acquired, while students from Florida’s Stetson University won $33,500 at two different student entrepreneur pitch competitions recently. Florida-based StartUp Nation Ventures is launching a $25 million venture fund to support Israeli companies’ growth and expansion in choosing Florida as their entry point into the United States and Latin America.

Recent Rounds
Alpharetta, GA - Aptean - undisclosed

Atlanta, GA - BAMFi - $30M

Atlanta, GA - DesireList - $3M Seed

Austin, TX - Claimbot - $615K Seed

Austin, TX - Datical - $10M Series C

Austin, TX - Osano - $3M Seed

Austin, TX - Prism - $2.2M Seed

Austin, TX - QuotaPath - $3.5M Seed 

Dallas, TX - Zabo - $1.15M Seed

Durham, NC - SWIR Vision Systems - $500K

Jacksonville, FL - Greenshades Software - undisclosed

Nashville, TN - Alto - $2.8M Seed

New Orleans, LA - AxoSim - $1.6M

Plano, TX - BulBul Apps - $500K

Raleigh, NC - Elevar Technologies - $430K

Raleigh, NC - VitalFlo - $200K
Upcoming Deadlines
March 15 - Atlanta, GA - Students2Startups Application Deadline

March 15 - Austin, TX - Newchip Accelerator Application Deadline

March 15 - Memphis, TN - Summer of Acceleration Startup Bootcamp Application Deadline

March 15 - Raleigh, NC - All Things Open Conference Call for Papers Deadline

March 16 - Atlanta, GA -  Atlanta Startup Battle Application Deadline

March 21 - Atlanta, GA - Startup Atlanta Board Member Nominations Deadline

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

March 22 - Austin, TX - $100,000 Cleantech Investment Challenge Application Deadline

March 22 - Austin, TX - Capital Factory April 2019 Accelerator Application Deadline

March 22 - Austin, TX - $100,000 AR/VR Challenge Application Deadline

March 22 - Savannah, GA - Geekend Conference Call for Speakers 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 Application Deadline

April 2 - New Orleans, LA - JEDCO Challenge Pitch Competition 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

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

July 1 - anywhere - MIT Solve 2019 Global Challenge Deadline
Upcoming Events
March 15 - New Orleans, LA - Crypto Current Conference

March 18-19 - North Carolina - Asheville Startup Road Trip 

March 21 - Nashville, TN - InFlight First Look Startup Showcase

March 21 - Memphis, TN - Launch Pad Grand Opening

March 22-23 - Charlotte, NC - HackathonCLT

March 23 - New Orleans, LA - Women Techmakers International Women's Day Conference

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

March 26 - New Orleans, LA - 4th Annual Ada Lovelace Awards

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

March 27 - Austin, TX - Austin Into State of Innovation

March 27 - Little Rock, AR - Demo Day 2019: ICBA ThinkTECH Connected

March 28 - Conway, AR - Startup Grind with Charles Morgan

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

March 29-31 - Mobile, AL - Startup Weekend Mobile

April 1-3 - Charlotte, NC - Net Inclusion

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

April 3 - New Orleans, LA - PitchNOLA Water Challenge

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

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

April 5-7 - Fayetteville, AR - Northwest Arkansas Techstars Startup Weekend

April 7-May 31 - online - Venture Deals Online Course

April 15-16 - Durham, NC - T-REX Summit

April 17 - New Orleans, LA - PitchNOLA Education Challenge

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

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

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

April 26-27 - Savannah, GA - Geekend Conference

April 29-30 - Miami, FL - eMerge Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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