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.
The co-working space that LookFar and the Southern Startup Report call home is now officially open and welcoming new innovators, remote workers, and startups to join us!

Club Discovery recently opened its doors as a new co-working space, located in the heart of New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. The newly renovated building dates back to circa 1893, and it once housed a night club in the 1980s and '90s where many pioneers of New Orleans’ bounce and hip hop music got their start.
Club Discovery's new full-service work space offers members free parking, 24/7 access, free iced coffee and beer, conference room access, outdoor space, full kitchen, game room, and more. Co-working memberships start at $200 a month, and assigned desks and private offices are also available.

Check out a recent writeup in Curbed New Orleans or visit the Club Discovery website to learn more.
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

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Southern Startup News:
August 26 - September 9

New Orleans, LA - At a new three-day program, VC University LIVE, you can learn more about the south’s startup ecosystem and venture capitalism. Tulane University is partnering with the National Venture Capital Association and UC Berkeley to host the new executive education program September 19-21. Loyola University has also launched a new initiative, the Entrepreneur Master Class, that will teach startups how to grow and find outside financial investment. The Idea Village, the New Orleans-based nonprofit accelerator and the force behind New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) recently announced new hires, an internal promotion, and an addition to its board of directors. New Orleans startup Locally is partnering with major brands and locally-owned stores through the U.S. to offer same day delivery, kicking off with a partnership to deliver Brooks running gear in 10 major cities. Locally was founded in 2014 by a team of local entrepreneurs and retailers, including Mike Massey of Massey's Outfitters and Blake Haney of Dirty Coast

Atlanta, GA - Blockchain-focused venture capital firm Algo Capital recently closed its first fund at $200 million, double the firm’s original goal of $100 million. Atlanta-based digital lending unicorn Kabbage is acquiring Radius Intelligence, a provider of a small-business data platform. Two Atlanta startups, 18.21 Bitters and EnrichHER, received the opportunity to move forward to compete in SoGal’s global pitch competition. SoGal is the largest global platform for the education and empowerment of diverse entrepreneurs and investors.

Austin, TX - There's been acquisitions aplenty in Bat City in recent weeks: Austin-based digital app platform Kony was acquired by Switzerland banking software giant Temenos for an enterprise value of $559 million and a reported earn-out of $21 million. Austin-based Bazaarvoice, which provides product reviews and user-generated content (UGC) solutions, recently acquired Influenster, a New York City-based product discovery and reviews platform. This was the company's 5th acquisition. Finally, New York-based startup Finery, which has an Austin-based founder and several Austin-based investors, was recently acquired by Stitch Fix for an undisclosed amount. 

Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge-based on-demand lawn care startup Block Lawncare has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Rising Startups which will compete at the 7th annual Startup of the Year Global Competition and Summit in Memphis next month. NexusLA recently announced they'll be hosting a $100,000 high-stakes pitch competition as part of BREW 2019 in November, and TEC Next announced they'll be launching a new conference in Baton Rouge October 3-4 which will focus on facilitating conversations between industry and technology leaders. The governor also announced that Louisiana will soon be establishing a “major cybersecurity center” in Baton Rouge.

Birmingham, AL - Two Birmingham-based startup businesses won a combined $150,000 in seed funding at the Alabama Launchpad pitch finale held as part of imerge2019 in Birmingham on August 28. Immediate won $100,000 for their pitch for ImmediatePay – a financial health platform offering early access to earned but not yet paid wages. Conserv won $50,000 in the Concept Track for their Smart Conservation sensors and Conservation Studio software that empowers museum and conservation professionals to do more to prevent damage to art and cultural collections.

Charlotte, NC - One of North Carolina's biggest fintech startup success stories, AvidXchange, is set to acquire international software company BankTEL Systems for an undisclosed amount. Charlotte’s Queen City Fintech accelerator has announced the 9 startups that will be joining their eleventh cohort. Eight North Carolina startups, plus two Virginia startups, will square off this week at the sixth annual Big Launch Challenge, competing for a total of $20,000 in award money. In Durham, the state's first venture group focused solely on women-founded businesses has launched: xElle Ventures plans to invest in early-stage startups from North Carolina with checks of $20,000-$100,000.

Dallas, TX - Dallas will soon host the second largest Uber office outside of its headquarters in San Francisco, with Uber bringing at least 3,000 new jobs and more than $75 million in capital investment to the city. Local seed accelerator Health Wildcatters recently announced the 8 new startups joining its portfolio; ironically, the startup founders got stuck on an elevator together during the first day of the accelerator while practicing their elevator pitches. Top tech talent from across the Dallas area recently went head-to-head, debating current hot tech topics at the 4th annual Digital Fight Club

Greenville, SC - In the Angel Capital Association's 2019 Angel Funders Report, VentureSouth was recognized as one of the top 10 angel investment groups in North America, based on capital invested by its members in 2018. VentureSouth invested $7 million in 22 companies in 2018 and is on track for another record-breaking year in 2019 with over $6 million deployed through July.

Houston, TX - The inaugural Houston cohort of MassChallenge Texas recently wrapped up, with three of the participating companies being named the top startups: NeuroRescue, Noleus Technologies, and Sensytech. Thanks to Houston Angel Network, Sensytech also walked away from a startup showcase event last week with a $40,000 investment prize. Another new accelerator program is gearing up: the Ion Smart Cities Accelerator recently revealed its inaugural cohort, half of which is from Houston. Ion Smart Cities Accelerator also announced a new strategic partnership with the University of Houston.

Jackson, MS - More support is on the way for Mississippi entrepreneurs, as Higher Purpose Co recently secured $500,000 in grant support to launch historic initiatives to empower Black entrepreneurs across Mississippi, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Innovate Mississippi $125,000 to assist Mississippi research-oriented companies in getting SBIR/STTR Grants to develop and bring their research to market. The grant will focus on improving outcomes for under-represented entrepreneurs, and increase participation for women-owned, rural-based, and socially and economically disadvantaged firms. 

Miami, FL - Miami edtech startup Caribu surpassed a big milestone on August 25: founder Maxeme Tuchman became the first Latinx and female CEO to raise $1 million via equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder. Caribu’s campaign on WeFunder will continue until September 15. More female founders are sure to follow in her footsteps soon, as Babson College’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab Miami just announced the 18 women-led startups that will be part of their 4th accelerator cohort. A new report shows that the University of South Florida’s innovation efforts have brought over $500 million to Florida in the last year.

Nashville, TN - More than 1,200 investors, entrepreneurs, and innovators attended the recent seventh-annual 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival. Edtech company Possip took home both the $10,000 crowd favorite award and the main prize of $50,000 at the festival's pitch competition. 

Shreveport, LA - A Memphis-based female-fronted startup recently walked away the winner of the sixth Louisiana Startup Prize in Shreveport, LA. Medical device company Winter Innovations took home $25,000 for their Easy Whip needle which aims to revolutionize the whip stitch method of surgical stitching.

Recent Rounds
Atlanta, GA - AnalyticsIQ - undisclosed

Atlanta, GA - Saltbox - $3.2M

Austin, TX - Cerberus Interactive - $1.75M

Austin, TX - SeekOps - undisclosed Series A-1

Austin, TX - Yotta - $1.8M Seed + Grants

Boca Raton, FL - red violet - $7.5M

Charlotte, NC - 2ULaundry - $1.27M Seed

Houston, TX - sEATz - $1.3M Seed

Houston, TX - Sourcewater - $7.2M Series A

Kennesaw, GA - LendingPoint - $250M Credit Facility

McKinney, TX - Playful Studios - $23M

Nashville, TN - Alto - $5.4M

Nashville, TN - Groups360 - $50M Strategic Investment

Nashville, TN - Soundstripe - $2M

Springdale, AR - Teslar Software by 3E - $2M Seed

Tampa, FL - Homee - $15M Series B

Tampa, FL - Washlava - $5M
Upcoming Deadlines
September 13 - New Orleans, LA - LAGCOE 2019 Energy Innovators Pitch Challenge

September 14 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Startup Battle $100,000 Pitch Competition Application Deadline

September 15 - Atlanta, GA - Ascend Atlanta Business Accelerator Application Deadline

September 15 - Atlanta, GA - Startup Runway Foundation $10K Grant Application Deadline

September 16 - New Orleans, LA - 2020 Camelback Fellowship Application Deadline

September 16 - Miami, FL - 2019 SEBIO Awards Nomination Deadline

September 16 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Wave Fall 2019 Accelerator Cohort Application Deadline

September 22 - Lafayette, LA - Get Started Medical Pitch Competition Application Deadline

September 23 - Baton Rouge, LA - NexusLA High-Stakes Pitch Competition Application Deadline

September 30 - Little Rock, AR - ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator 2.0 Application Deadline

October 19 - Plano, TX - VentureTech Fintech Registration Deadline

November 1 - Houston, TX - Project Flourish Social Impact Startup Competition Application Deadline

November 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW Pitch 2020 Application Deadline
Upcoming Events
September 10 - Cabot, AR - 60 Second Pitch Competition

September 10 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Demo Day

September 10-11 - Dallas, TX - Venture Dallas

September 10-11 - Miami, FL - Data Science Salon

September 11 - Research Triangle Park, NC - The Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition

September 11-12 - Houston, TX - 17th Annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum

September 11-12 - Tampa, FL - Digital Summit Tampa

September 11-13 - Atlanta, GA - Smart City Expo Atlanta

September 16 - Austin, TX - SoGal Global Pitch Competition: Austin Round

September 17 - Houston, TX - Raising Capital with Investment Crowdfunding

September 17-18 - Atlanta, GA - ATL Cyber FinTech 2019

September 17-18 - Atlanta, GA - International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) 2019 National Conference

September 17-18 - Vicksburg, MS - US Army Corps of Engineers Innovation Summit 2019

September 17-19 - Pine Bluff, AR - 2019 RuralRise Summit

September 19-21 - New Orleans, LA - Venture Capital University LIVE South

September 20-28 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Blockchain Week

September 23 - Austin, TX - Women in Tech Summit 2019

September 24 - Knoxville, TN - Startup Day 2019

September 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Red Hat's AnsibleFest 2019

September 26 - Austin, TX - ATX Startup Crawl at Austin Startup Week

September 26 - Winston-Salem, NC - Velocity Creative Accelerator's Demo Night

October 3  - Pearl, MS - 11th Annual Mississippi New Venture Challenge Pitch Competition

October 3-4 - Baton Rouge, LA - TEC Next Conference

October 4-6 - Boca Raton, FL - Palm Beach Tech Smart Cities Hackathon

October 5 - New Orleans, LA - DevFest New Orleans

October 5 - Tampa, FL - BarCamp Tampa Bay

October 8 - Atlanta, GA - Startup Runway Fall Showcase 2019

October 8 - New Orleans, LA - LeadingBiotech: South CEO

October 8-13 - Atlanta, GA - A3C Festival & Conference

October 10 - Research Triangle, NC - Startup Summit 2019

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

October 14-16 - Memphis, TN - Startup of the Year Summit

October 15 - Atlanta, GA - Techstars Atlanta Demo Day

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

October 17 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Startup Battle

October 17 - Houston, TX - 3rd Annual Ignite Healthcare Network Fire Pitch Competition

October 18 - Orlando, FL - Synapse Orlando

October 18-20 - Atlanta, GA - HackATL

October 22 - Miami, FL - Future of Logistics Tech Summit

October 23-24 - Miami, FL - Black Men Talk Tech Unicorn Ambition Conference

November 2 - Boca Raton, FL - Data Science and Analytics Conference

November 4-7 - Jacksonville, FL - PS27 Ventures Leadership Week 

November 6-7 - Miami, FL - Southeastern BIO Investor & Partnering Forum

November 12-13 - Jackson, MS - Accelerate: Conference on Technology Innovation

November 12-15 - Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week 

November 13-14 - Plano, TX -

November 13-15 - Lafayette, LA - Innovate South

November 14 - Lafayette, LA - Get Started Medical Pitch Competition

November 15 - Baton Rouge, LA - NexusLA High-Stakes Pitch Competition

November 18-19 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit

November 21-22 - Raleigh, NC - Rural Assembly

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