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.
2019 is off to a strong start for Southern startups, as you can see in the hefty Recent Rounds section below. There are plenty of events and opportunities for startups of all shapes and sizes this spring. 

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the recent articles on VentureBeat, spotlighting 2019 trend predictions for our Southeastern startup ecosystem and female-led investor groups in our region

It’s shaping up to be a great year.
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

P.S. Check out this recent interview with LookFar’s founder Chris Reade, produced by New Orleans startup Gigsy
Southern Startup News:
January 3 - January 23

New Orleans, LA - The new year kicked off with a new initiative to map out the local startup ecosystem: the Greater New Orleans Startup Index is gathering data about the city’s startups now through February 15. Silicon Bayou announced their list of the top 100 most influential people in Louisiana’s startup scene, and Propeller opened applications for their PitchNOLA challenge, inviting food, water, health, and education entrepreneurs to compete for a total $35,000 in prizes. Local non-profit STEM NOLA was recently awarded a one-year, $140,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their technology education programs.

Atlanta, GA - As you’ll see below in our Recent Rounds, Atlanta companies are knocking it out of the park, with a $400 million round for home trade-in platform Knock and $182.5 million for bitcoin futures platform Bakkt. A California biotech company, BioIQ, has moved its headquarters to the Atlanta area, bringing more than 500 tech jobs with it. NRD Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in Atlanta, has established NRD Tech Ventures, which will focus on investing in early to mid-stage technology companies serving the restaurant, hospitality, franchise, and healthcare industries.

Austin, TX - This week brought a major acquisition, as ATX-based PR software and analytics company TrendKite announced it is being acquired by Chicago-based Cision for $225 million. Private equity firm Tritium Partners closed a $465 million second fund, while South African tech company RapidDeploy has moved their headquarters to Austin. Accelerator and co-working space Capital Factory announced four big promotions and a number of job opportunities within their organization. 

Charlotte, NC - At the recent Seed the South event, early stage startup founders and investors connected via a symposium and pitch competition. Curu, which helps people build and improve their credit, was the Big Pitch winner and tool-renting platform Xchange Post was the Quick Pitch winner, while employee engagement service Jam won the crowd favorite prize.

Dallas, TX - Plano-based software provider YourCause has been acquired by Charleston, South Carolina-based Blackbaud in a deal valued at roughly $157 million. The city of Dallas has created a new Office of Innovation, bringing on Laila Alequresh as the Chief Innovation Officer. 

Jackson, MS - The first two classes of computer programmers have graduated from Mississippi Coding Academies. Twenty students recently successfully completed an 11-month, full stack curriculum, and a second cohort of students is expected to graduate this May. The academy is currently taking applications for the third cohort starting in June 2019.

Recent Rounds
Atlanta, GA - Bakkt - $182.5M

Atlanta, GA - Jvion - undisclosed

Atlanta, GA - Knock - $400M

Austin, TX - AlertMedia - $25M

Austin, TX - Dosh - $44M Series A

Austin, TX - Ontic Technologies - $4.65M Seed

Austin, TX - Outdoorsy - $50M Series C

Austin, TX - Pensa Systems - $5M

Austin, TX - ScaleFactor - $30M Series B

Austin, TX - Trelar Logistics - $2.1M Seed

Dallas, TX - Alto - $14.5M

Dallas, TX - Pieces Technologies - $10.925M

Dallas, TX - PumpJack Dataworks - $250K Seed

Dallas, TX - Viziv Technologies - $1.372M

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Carepredict - $9.5M Series A

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Tippy - $1.65M Series B

Houston, TX - LiquidFrameworks - undisclosed

Houston, TX - Onit, Inc. - $200M

Miami, FL - Streann Media - $1.54M Series B

Plano, TX - Payer Compass - undisclosed

Raleigh, NC - ZynBit - $1M

Tampa, FL - Bond-Pro - $10M
Upcoming Deadlines
January 25 - New Orleans - Tulane Business Model Competition Application Deadline

January 28 - Durham, NC - NC IDEA Investment Crowdfunding Grant Application Deadline

February 1 - nationwide - AT&T Aspire EdTech Accelerator Application Deadline

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

February 10 - Delta I-Fund Application Deadline

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

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

March 31 - Tampa, FL - TechDiversity Accelerator Program Application Deadline

April - Charleston, SC - DIG SOUTH Speaker Submissions

April - Charleston, SC - DIG SOUTH Tech Summit Wild Pitch Demo Day
Upcoming Events
January 25 - Austin, TX - The Texas AI Summit

January 26 - Austin, TX - Data Day Texas 2019

January 31–February 1 - St. Petersburg, FL - Florida Venture Capital Conference

February 1-3 - Austin, TX - Startup Weekend Circular Economy Austin 

February 2 - Atlanta, GA - NFL 1st and Future Pitch Competition

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 14 - Atlanta, GA - USA Hackers Challenge

February 16 - Tampa, FL - TiEcon Florida 2019

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 14-15 - New Orleans, LA - Crypto Current Conference

March 22-23 - Charlotte, NC - HackathonCLT

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

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