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.
After Atlanta's infamous ransomware attack last year and a recent series of cyberattacks on Louisiana schools, it's more important than ever that businesses, organizations, and governments have the right cyber security talent on their teams. A new article from Bloomberg reports there is a "full-on war for cyber talent" as more than 300,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled and some tech firms on the West Coast are offering as much as $6.5 million to top information-security executives. If you're looking for a new career in tech, this might be the place to start, y'all. 
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

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Southern Startup News:
July 24 - August 7

New Orleans, LA - The annual Louisiana Venture and Angel Capital Report was recently released by Cara Stone and it shows that Louisiana companies raised over $191 million in 24 deals last year, marking a record year for Louisiana startups. Local startup Pet Krewe was recently accepted into the Gener8tor Gold Star Accelerator, and New Orleans-based startup Enriched Schools was recently acquired by education managed staffing solutions company ESS. The winners of the 7th annual Millennial Awards were recently announced and include Resilia founder Sevetri Wilson, who won the "Female Entrepreneur" award. The first ever DevFest New Orleans will take place this October, and they are offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the event.

Atlanta, GA - A new Atlanta-based cloud automation platform from the CEO of ReactorWorks launched recently: Matter promises to help companies plan, code and ensure compliance. The company is not actively seeking funding but plans to raise capital next year. Digital agency Dragon Army recently acquired two fellow agencies, Sideways8 and Watchword Brand, combining their efforts into one full-service digital hub. The company had already tripled in size over the last three years. Porsche Digital has opened their newest office and second U.S. location in Atlanta; the subsidiary of Porsche AG focuses on software and internet-enabled innovation in their automobiles.

Austin, TX - Austin’s Upland Software has grown rapidly since their launch in 2013, and they recently closed on $410M in new financing which will be used to fund their continued acquisition of smaller software companies. Austin will be the latest city to get Webpass, which was purchased by Google Fiber in 2016, and Google has announced that ATX will be the first place where they're "bringing the best of both Google Fiber and Webpass together in the same city.” QuotaPath, a new startup led by the team from recently acquired TrendKite, has launched their new sales tracking software. The finalists for the 2019 Austin Mosaic Awards (which takes place on August 22) have been announced.

Dallas, TX - Dallas company Theatro, which makes wearable hardware and SaaS solutions, announced that it’s been chosen to provide “Software + Mobile Hardware as a Service” solutions to all of Walgreens' nearly 10,000 stores. Dallas-based Kanarys has officially launched their new workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion technology platform. Richardson, Texas-based RealPage, which provides software and data analytics to the real estate industry, recently acquired Waco, Texas-based Simple Bills Corporation.

Houston, TX - Over the past few months, the multibillion-dollar space economy in Houston has been taking off. Most recently, Australia-based Moonshot Space Co. launched a Houston chapter which will focus on building an active community of space entrepreneurs, industry leaders, researchers and students. Co-working hub The Cannon recently announced the opening of its 120,000 square foot flagship location on the west side of Houston. Startup accelerator and entrepreneur hub Capital Factory is a partner on the project and will have a branded area in The Cannon when the new space celebrates its grand opening in September.

Jackson, MS - Jackson-based virtual-reality firm Lobaki recently closed the first part of a $2 million round of financing led by the North Mississippi Angel Fund. The company relocated to downtown Jackson last year, and this spring it announced that it is working with the University of Mississippi Medical Center on a concussion training protocol that uses VR applications to help heal injured athletes. A student startup from Mississippi State University is solving a problem that many barbers face with newly engineered clippers that do not overheat. Their company DueT Technology recently received over $130,000 in investment funding from the Bulldog Angel Network.

Miami, FL - At the recent SUP-X startup competition, Hubspring won the $40,000 investment prize. The Miami-based startup is aiming to revolutionize the way that health care providers and medical schools communicate and track the information they need to do their jobs. The company plans to raise a seed round next.

Raleigh, NC - The inaugural North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit will take place this November and will encompass all sectors of entrepreneurial activity in the state, NC IDEA recently announced. The Wolfpack Investor Network, which was launched in December 2016, recently hit more than $10 million in investments into mostly local startup companies. Wilmington-based sports management software startup PlayerSpace recently moved into a new headquarters that is double the size of its previous location, and the move comes along with plans for hiring more team members.

Tampa, FL - Tampa-based Spectrio, a provider of in-store marketing solutions powered by content and technology, recently acquired LifeShare Technologies, a senior living communication and engagement technology company based in Greenfield, Ind. The Tampa Bay Innovation Center has received $7.5 million to fund a new 45,000 square-foot space facility in downtown St. Petersburg. The project, which is estimated to be completed in three to four years, aims to make the area even more innovation-focused.

Recent Rounds
Alpharetta, GA - Ciox Health - $30M

Athens, GA - ArunA Bio - $13M

Atlanta, GA - Flourish - $2.1M

Atlanta, GA - GROUNDFLOOR - $3M

Atlanta, GA - MyPorter - $2.2M

Austin, TX - New Knowledge - $3M

Austin, TX - Second State - $3M Series A 

Austin, TX - TalentGuard - $4M Series B

Austin, TX - TrustRadius - $12.5M Series C

Austin, TX - Upland Software - $410M

Baton Rouge, LA - Relief Telemed - $150K Seed

Charlotte, NC - Stratifyd - $10M

Dallas, TX - Spectral MD - $27M

Jackson, MS - Lobaki - $2M

Jacksonville, FL - ePayRails - $2.45M Series A

Jupiter, FL - X-Vax Technology - $56M Series A

Miami, FL - Dalent Medical - $1.5M 

Plantation, FL - BabySparks - $2M Seed

Raleigh, NC - Cymatic - $4.5M Seed

Research Triangle Park, NC - Cell Microsystems - $1.85M

Starkville, MS - DueT Technology - $130K

Tampa, FL - Digital Hands - $15M
Upcoming Deadlines
August 15 - Nashville, TN - LaunchTN SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Application Deadline

August 15 - Florida - Block by Block Food Insecurity Challenge Application Deadline

August 30 - Austin, TX - ATX Startup Crawl Sponsor Table Sign Up Deadline

August 30 - Ridgeland, MS - Mississippi New Venture Challenge Application Deadline

September 6 - Austin, TX - SXSW Pitch 2020 Early Deadline

September 9 - Tampa, FL - University of Tampa Student Accelerator Program Application Deadline

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

November 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW Pitch 2020 Application Deadline
Upcoming Events
August 8 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte INNO's Kickoff Meetup

August 8 - Chattanooga, TN - Demo Day: Consumer Goods Accelerator

August 13 - Wilmington, NC - Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington: The Basics of SALES from Three Regional Experts

August 21 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Startup Convos Meetup

August 22 - Austin, TX - Austin Mosaic Awards

August 27-28 - New Orleans, LA - Aspen Institute Socrates Program: Urban Opportunity, Access, and Economic Inclusion

August 28 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Round: SoGal Global Pitch Competition

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

September 6 - Atlanta, GA - Startup Games 

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

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

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

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

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

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 8-13 - 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 18 - Orlando, FL - Synapse Orlando

October 18-20 - Atlanta, GA - HackATL

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

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