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Southern Startup News:
April 18 - April 30

New Orleans, LA - The inaugural INNO Conference is underway this week at the New Orleans Jazz Market, and the Startup of the Year Startup Night NOLA Showcase and Celebration took place last night, featuring more than 30 startups from the Gulf South and beyond. Follow #INNO19 on Twitter for the latest. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) has announced the 5 early-stage companies that will compete in the 7th annual JEDCO Challenge pitch competition: Don't Get Mad Get Paid, nDorse, Poof, RePurpose Food Co., and RentCheck.

Atlanta, GA - A new startup lab, Loeb.atl, has opened offices in downtown Atlanta to provide funding and services to early-stage companies. TechSquare Labs recently hosted the 6th Atlanta Startup Battle, which awarded 2 startups with $100K each. Taking home the prizes were construction permits platform and lawn care robotics startup Greenzie. 10 underrepresented entrepreneurs will compete on May 2nd for $10K at the 6th Startup Runway Competition; the finalists are: Womp, Don’t Get Mad Get Paid, AutomatedLabTech, Musicbuk, Pangian, Sanskrit LLC, Equine Smartbit, Courtroom5, Civic Dinners, and WealthOp. Two local companies who offer managed technology services have joined forces through an acquisition: Montra Solutions recently acquired another Atlanta company, Midtown Technology Partners.

Austin, TX - It’s acquisitions aplenty in Bat City: Austin based Upland Software has acquired Austin based PostUp, a provider of email and audience development solutions for publishing and media brands, for $35M in cash. ATX-based Sentrics, a technology provider for senior living communities across the U.S., has acquired two companies recently: Akron, Ohio-based SeniorTV and Daytona Beach, Florida-based Silversphere. Another Austin company, Eso, which provides data and software for emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, recently acquired eCore SoftwareApple has announced plans to add a 9,000-square-foot Material Recovery Lab in Austin that will be part of their expanded iPhone recycling efforts.

Orlando, FL - On Monday, Orlando-based startup AireHealth won the first pitch competition during Revolution’s current Rise of the Rest tour. The tour continues this week throughout Florida and Puerto Rico. Tech accelerator program VentureScaleUp recently kicked off their Spring 2019 cohort, which includes eight startups. The companies participating in the 12-week accelerator program are: AireHealth, Electric Chateau, GratSee, Millebot, Pink Lotus Technologies, ViewStub, Xmdocs, and Yaupon Brothers American Tea.

Raleigh, NC - There’s been a flurry of startup activity across the state in recent weeks, including the acquisition of Charlotte-based MapAnything by SalesforceNC IDEA has awarded $150K to 15 North Carolina startups via its second ever grant cycle of NC IDEA MICRO, a series of small, project-based grants. Jam, a scheduling app designed to foster employee connection and engagement, won $25K at Davidson College’s recent Venture Fund Pitch Competition. 10 startups will be competing in a few weeks in Wilmington, NC for the title of Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year.

Recent Rounds
Atlanta, GA - FullStory - $32M Series C

Atlanta, GA - InfoTycoon - $5M Seed

Atlanta, GA - PadSplit - $4.6M Seed

Atlanta, GA - SalesLoft - $70M Series D

Atlanta, GA - Vital - $5.2M Seed

Austin, TX - A Cloud Guru - $33M

Austin, TX - Atmosphere - $10M Series A

Bradenton, FL - Franco Signor - undisclosed 

Chattanooga, TN - Skuid - undisclosed

Dallas, TX - Novo Labs - $2M Seed

Dallas, TX - Payrix Payments Technology - $22M

Deerfield Beach, FL - Tellus - $9M Series B

Durham, NC - Biospatial - $500K

Houston, TX - Beyond Finance - $60M

Houston, TX - OAG Analytics - undisclosed

Miami, FL - Magaya Corporation - undisclosed

Miami, FL - Technisys - $50M Series C

Nashville, TN - Built Technologies - $31M Series B

New Orleans, LA - PosiGen - $20M Tax Equity Investment

Plantation, FL - Magic Leap - $280M

Raleigh, NC - HZO Inc. - $70M

Research Triangle Park, NC - NIRvana Sciences, Inc. - $3M

San Antonio, TX - Cliently - $1M Seed

St. Petersburg, FL - Intrinio - $5M Series A
Upcoming Deadlines
May 12 - anywhere - 2019 Startup of the Year Application Deadline

May 15 - Knoxville, TN - AgLaunch365 Accelerator Program Application Deadline

May 31 - Frisco, TX - CodeLaunch Seed Accelerator Application Deadline 

May 31 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - SUP-X Startup Competition Application Deadline

May 31 - Nashville, TN - Project Healthcare Portfolio Application Deadline 

May 31 - Nashville, TN - 36|86: Student Edition Pitch Competition Application Deadline

June 7 - Austin, TX - DivInc’s 2019 Cohort Application Deadline

July 1 - anywhere - MIT Solve 2019 Global Challenge Deadline

August 30 - Ridgeland, MS - Mississippi New Venture Challenge Application Deadline
Upcoming Events
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - PitchNOLA Health & Food Challenge

May 1 - Little Rock, AR - 4th Annual FIS Fintech Accelerator Kickoff Event

May 2 - New Orleans, LA - Launch Pad's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration 

May 2 - Atlanta, GA - 6th Annual Startup Runway

May 2 - Austin, TX - Tribe of Hackers Summit

May 2 - Houston, TX - #SGWomen - The Many Shades of Entrepreneurship - Celebrating Houston's Diversity

May 2 - Dallas, TX - Prepare or Beware: Practical Tips for Securing, Closing and Surviving Your Funding Deal

May 3 - Birmingham, AL - Innovate Birmingham’s 7th Cohort Demo Day and Spring 2019 Graduation

May 6 - Houston, TX - The Rice Alliance Startup Roundup at the Offshore Technology Conference

May 6-9 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Entrepreneur Week

May 7 - Dallas, TX - Intro to Fundraising in Texas: Ask Me Anything

May 8 - Charlotte, NC - Talent Jam Charlotte - Startup Edition

May 8 - Miami, FL - Intrigue Digital Marketing Summit

May 9 - Tuskegee, AL - Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale

May 9-10 - Orlando, FL - Florida Early Stage Capital Conference

May 13-19 - New Orleans, LA - NolaCon Information Security/Hacker Conference

May 14 - New Orleans, LA - JEDCO Challenge Pitch Competition

May 15 - Atlanta, GA - Siggie Awards, Honoring Early Stage Investors

May 21-23 - Atlanta, GA - php[tek] 2019

May 22 - New Orleans, LA - MedCity INVEST Pop Health

May 23 - Tampa, FL - poweredUP Tampa Bay Tech Festival

May 30 - Wilmington, NC - Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington: What if I told you an entrepreneur had no investors but sold company for $200 MILLION

June 4-6 - Houston, TX - Houston Innovation Week

June 6 - Houston, TX - TMCx Demo Day Digital Health 2019

June 13 - New Orleans, LA - Rocketing Your Revenue: A Conference Connecting Small Businesses to NASA

June 19-22 - Charlotte, NC - BLACK ENTERPRISE: FWD Entrepreneurs Summit

July 22-26 - New Orleans, LA - Certified Ethical Hacker Workshop

July 25 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - SUP-X: The StartUp Expo

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

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

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

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

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