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, and Club Discovery, a co-working space for innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists in the heart of New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood.
Seed-stage venture capital firm Chloe Capital is stopping here in New Orleans this week, as part of their national tour to Invest In Women. I'm looking forward to joining them tomorrow at The Shop at the CAC, as five women-led companies pitch for a $250K investment opportunity.
I'm also looking forward to heading to Baton Rouge in a couple of weeks, to speak at Startup Grind Baton Rouge, and to Austin, TX next month to speak at SXSW.
Will I see you at any of these events? If so, reply & let me know!
~ Mallory Whitfield,
Editor of the Southern Startup Report for LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.
Southern Startup News: January 23 - February 4, 2020
New Orleans, LA - New Orleans-based Advano, which focuses on making smaller, longer lasting, and more cost effective batteries, recently raised $18.5 million. New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) has announced the headline speakers for their 12th annual event, which will take place March 23-27. The Silicon Bayou 100, a list of one hundred most influential people in Louisiana’s startup scene, was also recently unveiled. (Congrats to all of the honorees, and thanks for including me & fellow LookFarians Christopher Reade & Lindsay Fox on the list!) MY IT, a New Orleans-based managed service provider for IT services, is merging with Enterprise Computing Services of Shreveport, while BondFar took the prize at The Idea Village's recent 48 Hour Launch weekend. New Orleans-based Launch Pad has released their 2020 Impact Report, which shows that LaunchPad members have raised more than $230,000,000 in combined capital and have created over 9,000 jobs through their companies. Chloe Capital hosts the next stop on their national #InvestInWomen tour this week in New Orleans; five women-led companies will pitch live for an investment opportunity of up to $250,000 this Thursday. This Friday, February 7 is the deadline to participate in the 2020 Greater New Orleans Startup Report.
Atlanta, GA - The inaugural class of Techstars Social Impact Accelerator has been announced, and three of the 10 startups are based in Atlanta: Make Music Count, Civic Dinners and EnMass Energy. Recently at the 3rd annual Atlanta Startup Awards, the city's best and brightest startups and innovative leaders were honored; click here to see the winners. Acoer, an Atlanta-based developer of blockchain-enabled apps, has created a way to track the Coronavirus outbreak using real-time data. Atlanta-based startups Vital and cove.tool are both headed to Austin next month to pitch at SXSW, and WeWork Labs recently launched its first Atlanta location. Valor Ventures recently launched the weekly Atlanta Startup Podcast.
Austin, TX - It's that time of year again: the kickoff of spring accelerator programs. Sputnik ATX is welcoming 4 companies to its latest cohort: Kanthaka, Mod Tech Labs, RxThat, and Trashbots, along with Entrepreneur-in-Residence Sandbox Systems. Meanwhile, six companies - Actuate, Apptronik, Carnegie Robotics, Pratt & Miller, Neya Systems LLC, and Hivemapper - have joined the 12-week Army Capability Accelerator. South by Southwest recently announced the nominees for its 23rd annual SXSW Innovation Awards, and seven Austin-based companies made the list.
Dallas, TX - Real estate industry-focused software and data analytics giant RealPage recently acquired another North Texas tech startup, Modern Message. Registration has opened for Dallas Startup Week; this year's theme is "Your Time. Your Dream. Your Community" and there will be more than 100 general sessions that are free to attend. Fresh off the heels of a recent seed funding round, Dallas-based BoodsKapper has announced their first partnership outside of Texas. The McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has announced a new Innovation Fund targeted toward tech startups.
Houston, TX - Houston based fintech company HighRadius has announced its unicorn status, fresh off the heels of closing of a $125 million series B investment round a few weeks ago. Austin-based Capital Factory has combined forces with Station Houston, bringing its statewide resources to Houston's entrepreneur community. New York-based real estate tech company SquareFoot, which was founded by Houston native Jonathan Wasserstrum, is expanding to Houston. TMC Innovation has announced the companies that will be joining them for the TMCx Spring 2020 Bootcamp. Houston entrepreneur Dakota Stormer created the Footprint app to help users track their carbon footprint and they are currently raising $65,000 in an angel round.
Jackson, MS - One Mississippi-based startup has made history, as the first company from the state to be selected for SXSW Pitch. EasyKale Labs was selected as a finalist in the Consumer Technology & CPG category for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch, which will take place in Austin, TX on March 15. EasyKale™ is a virtually tasteless, textureless, powdered form of kale that can be added to any food, soup, sauce, drink, dip or smoothie.
Memphis, TN - Tech giant Amazon recently broke ground on a new $200 million robotics facility in Memphis. Start Co. has opened applications for their Summer of Acceleration programs, which offer up to $50K cash investment and 100 days of intense business strategy and development training. The Sky High Accelerator seeks smart city and property technology-based startup companies to solve problems and create efficiency in intelligent building, construction, space management, safety and security. The SparkGap Logistics Accelerator seeks unique, innovative logistics technology startups that are creating products related to intelligent packaging, supply chain visibility, medical device tracking, data analytics and data access. Applications close March 20.
Miami, FL - Fintech startups Xendoo and Worthy Financial were both chosen by their peers to receive $75,000 in grant funding from MetLife Foundation. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently pledged more than $1 million for eight Miami-based projects and programs. The mood at the recent 2020 Florida Venture Capital Conference was optimistic, as attendees celebrated a strong ecosystem of Florida-based companies.
Raleigh-Durham, NC - Insurtech startup Policygenius, whose second headquarters is based in Durham, recently announced $100 million in Series D funding; WRAL TechWire interviewed CEO Jennifer Fitzgerald on the company's expansion in Durham. Raleigh startup K4Connect is expanding its efforts to use technology to help older adults and individuals with disabilities. Meanwhile, Wilmington-based sports management platform PlayerSpace is being acquired by Alabama-based Daxko.
Tampa, FL - Innovation hub Embarc Collective has officially opened and recently unveiled their Founders Circle, who will focus on attracting, retaining and developing entrepreneurial talent in the Tampa Bay region. Clearwater-based unicorn KnowBe4 recently announced a $250,000 donation that will help Florida’s first law school focus on cybersecurity, while the city of St. Petersburg is revamping a program to offer funding to the city's startups. Seven tech startups recently squared off at Tampa Bay Wave’s Pitch Night and will participate in the Wave’s Demo Day next week, during the 2020 Synapse Summit. Tampa-based advertising technology company Nickelytics was recently accepted into Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator for 2020.
Atlanta, GA - Reibus International - undisclosed
Atlanta, GA - Slope Software - $1M Seed
Atlanta, GA - Trust Stamp - undisclosed
Austin, TX - Pattern Bioscience - $13M
Austin, TX - Stoplight - $6M Series A
Austin, TX - Wheel - $13.9M Series A
Dallas, TX - Mercado Labs - $3.2M Seed
Dallas, TX - OneDine - $5M Series A
Durham, NC - Policygenius - $100M Series D
Houston, TX - Ambyint - $15M Series B
McKinney, TX - PestRoutes - undisclosed
Memphis, TN - Cognate BioServices - undisclosed Series B
Miami, FL - Aegle Therapeutics - $4M
Miami, FL - Fanatiz - $10M Series A
Morrisville, NC - Clinipace - $10.5M
New Orleans, LA - Advano - $18.5M Series A
Raleigh, NC - CompostNow - $1.97M
Sarasota, FL - Lumos Diagnostics - $15M Series A
Wilmington, NC - CloudWyze - $650K
February 7 - New Orleans, LA - GNO Startup Report Survey Deadline
February 12 - Charlotte, NC - Chloe Capital Invest In Women Tour Application Deadline
February 14 - Little Rock, AR - Facebook Career Connections Application Deadline
February 17 - Houston, TX - 2020 Ion Smart Cities Accelerator Application Deadline
February 21 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Inno Tech Madness Nomination Deadline
February 21 - Austin, TX - Austin Inno Tech Madness Nomination Deadline
February 21 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Inno Tech Madness Nomination Deadline
February 21 - Dallas, TX - North Texas Inno Tech Madness Nomination Deadline
February 21 - Miami, FL - HERIMpact Miami Pitch Competition Application Deadline
February 21 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Inno Tech Madness Nomination Deadline
February 23 - Atlanta, GA - WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program Application Deadline
March 2 - Durham, NC - NC IDEA MICRO $10K Grant Application Deadline
March 2 - Durham, NC - NC IDEA SEED $50K Grant Application Deadline
March 2 - MIT Solve Digital Workforce Challenge Deadline
March 6 - Jacksonville, FL - 2020 FIS Fintech Accelerator Application Deadline
March 9 - Austin, TX & Houston, TX - MassChallenge Texas Accelerator Application Deadline
March 20 - Boca Raton, FL - FAU Tech Runway Launch Competition Application Deadline
March 20 - Memphis, TN - Sparkgap Logistics Accelerator Application Deadline
March 20 - Memphis, TN - Sky High: Smart City Accelerator Application Deadline
March 27 - Conway, AR - Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Application Deadline
March 31 - Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Economic Development CEO Roundtables Application Deadline
March 31 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Wave's TechDiversity Accelerator Application Deadline
April 5 - Birmingham, AL - Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator Application Deadline
April 15 - Atlanta, GA - Comcast NBCUniversal SportsTech Accelerator Application Deadline
open deadline - Atlanta, GA - Apply to the Silicon Road Retail Accelerator
February 6 - New Orleans, LA - Chloe Capital Invest In Women Tour
February 6 - Charlotte, NC - Panel Discussion: What happens after product-market fit?
February 6 - Jackson, MS - Innovate Mississippi Presents: CONNECT
February 7 - Atlanta, GA - EXLAB Atlanta Open House
February 7-9 - Jacksonville, FL - Techstars Startup Weekend JAX
February 10 - New Orleans, LA - R-Ladies NOLA Launch Party
February 11 - Austin, TX - Black Women Talk Tech, Capital Factory, & AUTM present Austin Panel and Networking
February 11 - Tampa, FL - Ignite the Night TAMPA Pitch Competition
February 11 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Wave Demo Day
February 11-12 - Tampa, FL - Synapse Summit
February 11-14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - ITEXPO
February 12 - Houston, TX - Impact of AI in Automation and The Future of the Workforce
February 18 - Baton Rouge, LA - Startup Grind Baton Rouge (I'm speaking!)
February 19 - Houston, TX - Houston Angel Summit
February 19 - Tampa, FL - State of Innovation: Startups to Watch 2020
February 19-21 - Atlanta, GA - DevNexus 2020
February 20 - Tampa, FL - Talents, Rebels & Disruptive Innovation: An Evening with the Fintech Revolution
February 21 - Durham, NC - Women Investing in Women Changes Everything: A Conversation with Valor Ventures
February 25 - Nashville, TN - 2020 Tennessee Entrepreneurship & Innovation Legislative Reception
February 26 - Austin, TX - Blockchain and Digital Transformation in Health 2020 Symposium
February 27 - Nashville, TN - Project Healthcare Startup Showcase
March 1 - Knoxville, TN - What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch Finale
March 4 - Austin, TX - Techstars Austin Demo Day
March 4 - Greensboro, NC - 2020 Capital Connects Pitch Competition
March 5 - Atlanta, GA - Tech Talent South: Tech Talks
March 5 - Austin, TX - DivInc 2020 Champions of Change Awards
March 5 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Diversity Innovation Summit
March 11 - Miami, FL - HERImpact Miami Pitch Competition
March 13-22 - Austin, TX - SXSW Conference - (I'm speaking! Learn more.)
March 14 - Austin, TX - ReThink Austin
March 16 - Austin, TX - Hatch Pitch Summit 2020
March 17-19 - Raleigh, NC - Venture Connect Summit 2020
March 23-27 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW)
March 26-28 - Houston, TX - Rice Business Plan Competition
April 1-3 - Birmingham, AL - The Frontier Industrial Innovation Conference
April 22-24 - Charleston, SC - DIG SOUTH Tech Summit
April 26 - May 1 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Startup Week
April 27-29 - New Orleans, LA - INNO Conference
April 28 - Houston, TX - Cyber Hatch Pitch 2020
April 28-29 - Houston, TX - 4th Annual Houston Cyber Summit
May 19 - Charlotte, NC - Chloe Capital Invest In Women Tour
July 16-17 - Greenville, SC - Data Science SC Conference 2020