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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.
Happy New Year!

I hope you’re settling back into the work week and making big plans for 2019. Last year was an exciting one for Southern startups, and this year promises to be another growth year for our region’s tech community. Startups across the South are already hiring or have plans to expand and hire more employees this year. Looking to expand your horizons this year? Here are just a few of the top tech companies hiring across the Southeast in 2019. 
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.


 
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Southern Startup News:
December 13 - January 2

New Orleans, LA - Plans for the 11th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week were recently announced, with The Idea Village and Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business teaming up to co-produce this year’s event. NOEW 2019 will take place March 25-29, with citywide, community organized events happening Monday through Wednesday and the NOEW Summit taking place Thursday and Friday at the Ace Hotel New Orleans. Austin, Texas-based real estate software firm Accruent has secured the lease on their first regional office in New Orleans. The company will occupy the entire sixth floor of 400 Poydras Tower downtown, with plans to hire 350 employees by 2020. Local startup Dig, which bills itself as “The Dog Person’s Dating App”, has become the first Louisiana-based company to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign with online portal Netcapital

Austin, TX - Texas startup Hypergiant recently announced that their Space Age Solutions division is acquiring Black Pixel, a Seattle-based startup known for building custom apps for The New York Times and Twitter. Two Austin startups, BigCommerce and WP Engine, announced a new "scalable ecommerce" collaboration which is aimed at mid-market and enterprise merchants with WordPress-supported websites, while Capital Factory has launched a new podcast focused on Austin startups and founders: The Austinpreneur is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher.

Birmingham, AL - San Francisco-based startup Joonko recently announced they will be relocating to Birmingham, after receiving an investment from Alabama Futures Fund. The startup provides software which helps companies find and hire diverse employees. Innovation Depot has announced the 8 high-growth technology companies that have been accepted into their 2019 Velocity Accelerator cohort. Five teams are based in the Birmingham region, with the remaining three hailing from Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville.

Charlotte, NC - Next Wednesday, twenty Charlotte startups will participate in the first Seed the South early-stage investor symposium and startup pitch competition. Over 65 percent of the startups have at least one underrepresented founder. The event will be co-hosted by Collective Hustle, a Charlotte-based startup and investor group, and SoGal Foundation, the largest global platform for diverse entrepreneurs and investors with 35+ chapters around the globe. Meanwhile, Charlotte-based middle market growth equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners recently closed its latest fund, with $1.65 billion in commitments. 

Memphis, TN - Agriculture technology startup Indigo Ag, which is headquartered in Boston and valued at more than $1 billion, recently announced they will be moving their commercial operations center to Memphis. The company, which made Glassdoor’s “2019 Best Places to Work” list, plans to bring 700 new jobs to Memphis over the next 3 years. 

Recent Rounds
Atlanta, GA - Devcon - $4.5M Seed

Austin, TX - Waldo Photos - $4M

Chattanooga, TN - Bellhops - $31.4M Series C

Dallas, TX - Gig Wage - $1M

Durham, NC - Hi Fidelity Genetics - $8.5M Series A

Houston, TX - Apartment Butler - $2M Seed

Houston, TX - BrainCheck - $1.5M

Houston, TX - Vivante Health - undisclosed

Mandeville, LA - PEC Safety - undisclosed

Miami, FL - SmartHop - undisclosed

Tampa, FL - Aspen RxHealth - $9M Series A

Tampa, FL - Atmos Home - $1M Seed
Upcoming Deadlines
January 7 - Greensboro, NC - Capital Connects Pitch Competition Application Deadline

January 9 - Atlanta, GA - NFL 1st and Future Pitch Competition Application Deadline

January 14 - Austin, TX - Quake Capital Austin Cohort 2 Spring 19' Entrepreneur Early Decision Application Deadline

January 18 - Nashville, TN - Project Music Portfolio Accelerator Application Deadline

January 20 - Tampa, FL - TiEcon Florida Startup Pitch Competition Application Deadline

January 25 - New Orleans - Tulane Business Model Competition Application Deadline

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

rolling deadline - Charleston, SC - DIG SOUTH Speaker Submissions
Upcoming Events
January 9 - Charlotte, NC - Seed the South Investor Symposium & Startup Pitch Competition

January 9 - Little Rock, AR - ThinkTECH the ICBA's FinTech Accelerator Kickoff Reception

January 16 - New Orleans, LA - Silicon Bayou 100 Release Party

January 18-19 - Jackson, TN - CO:hack Hackathon

January 22 - Charlotte, NC - 3rd Annual StartCharlotte LIVE!

January 23 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Wave Demo Day

January 23-24 - Tampa, FL - Synapse Summit

January 26 - Austin, TX - Data Day Texas 2019

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

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

February 4-8 - Tampa, FL - Techstars Startup Week Tampa Bay

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

February 14 - Atlanta, GA - USA Hackers Challenge

February 16 - Tampa, FL - TiEcon Florida 2019

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

March 6 - Greensboro, NC - Capital Connects Pitch Competition

March 8 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum

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

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