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.