📬 Southern Startup Report: July 31 — August 14, 2018

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. Subscribe here to get the SSR delivered to your inbox.

Our Southern region has been getting some much deserved recognition as of late. Time Magazine recently named DIG SOUTH founder Stanfield Gray one of “31 People Changing the South” in their August 6 issue. The 7th annual DIG SOUTH Tech Conference will take place in Charleston next April, while a half day mini conference has also been scheduled for October.

IBM has chosen two Southern cities — Austin and Atlanta — as the only U.S. cities for their new X-Force Red Labs, which will be home to security testing of their consumer and enterprise products. And, of course, there’s plenty of other news from our region to report below.

~ Mallory Whitfield, Director of Marketing at LookFar, a New Orleans-based software development studio.

New Orleans, LA — A bevy of local startups are gaining momentum, as AxoSim’s co-founder and COO Lowry Curley recently graced the cover of the August issue of Biz New Orleans magazine, while Pet Krewe secured their seed funding. Dig will be featured in Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize startup showcase tonight in Chicago — they launched their app in two new markets, Chicago and Boston, earlier this summer. And two new local apps have announced plans to launch in New Orleans this fall: NOMAD food truck appand BEAN (Building Economic Advancement Network), a blockchain enabled social network for African American communities. New Orleans-based Levisonics was chosen as one of 10 startups to participate in a new health care-based accelerator program in Lafayette this fall, while Better Day™ Health has earned a certification allowing them to sell their electronic health record technology to hospitals and clinics. LSU has secured a $10M federal contract to help small businesses tighten their cybersecurity, and Delgado Community College is getting $13M for their new Advanced Technology Building.

Atlanta, GA — Atlanta-based private equity investor Resurgens Technology Partners is acquiring InvestorForce and plans to merge it with its portfolio company, Investment Metrics. Atlanta-based digital health company Sharecare announced the acquisition of Window Channel Network and simultaneously announced a strategic investment of $20 million from Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, which brings the company’s total funding to $380 million. Trackter took home the prize at the recent AgTech Conference of the South’s Pitch Off competition, and Invest Atlanta has recently launched the International Startup Exchange, where four selected Atlanta-based startups will be sent to Toulouse, France to connect with international business development and investor opportunities this fall.

Austin, TX — Two Austin companies have recently been acquired: Accruent is set to be acquired by Fortive Corporation for approximately $2 billion in cash, while Alchemy Systems will be acquired by London’s Intertek Group for $480M cash. The University of Texas at Austin has two major tech projects in the works: their Dell Medical School is launching a Biomedical Data Science Hub to help solve complex research and clinical problems, while Uber has chosen the university to research how to make flying taxis a reality by 2023.

Birmingham, AL — The city’s quest to become “The Southern Silicon Valley” made headlines on Forbes earlier this week, with an additional writeup in VentureBeat earlier this month. Local startup Fledging recently won the first round of Spark Match pitch competition and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for their solid state drives, while Auburn’s Yellow Card Financial was officially selected to participate in the Money20/20 USA Startup Academy as one of the industry’s brightest 100 startups. Wyndy also secured their $1M seed round.

Miami, FL — Silicon Valley investment fund 500 Startups is launching their 10-week growth program “The Road To Series A” in Miami this fall. Applications are open now and close on August 24. The city’s most well-funded startup, Magic Leap, is finally launching its first product, Magic Leap One Creator Edition, a software and headset package that retails for $2,295.

Tampa, FL — More details about Jeff Vinik’s future innovation hub have been announced, including a location and a new name: Embarc Collective. The organization is currently soliciting feedback from the community to better understand the needs of local startups. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Wave and the St. Pete Catalyst are teaming up to promote entrepreneurial growth across the area through a series of media initiatives.

“Peer groups are one of the many aspects of entrepreneurship and the startup world that took me years to appreciate.

When I say peer groups I don’t mean networking groups. Rather, peer groups are small sets of people that often meet once a month, if not more, in an environment of trust and confidentiality. Peer-to-peer experience sharing and learning is incredibly powerful for entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. My two favorites: Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Young Presidents’ Organization.”

~ David Cummings, Founder of Atlanta Ventures, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Ventures empowers SaaS entrepreneurs to achieve their potential through community, content, and capital. Listen to David Cummings share his advice for bootstrapping your startup in a Fireside Chat at 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville on August 29.

Atlanta, GA — Goodr — $1.25M Pre-Seed

Atlanta, GA — Steady — $9M Series A

Austin, TX — Living Security — $500K Seed

Birmingham, AL — Wyndy — $1M Seed

Dallas, TX — Fetch — $3M Seed

Dallas, TX — Hedera Hashgraph — $100M

Dallas, TX — RollKall Technologies — $950K

Houston, TX — Lancium Technologies — undisclosed

Miami, FL — Mdlive Inc. — $50M

Nashville, TN — Trilliant Health — $12M Series A

New Orleans, LA — Pet Krewe — Undisclosed Seed

Wake Forest, NC — Revibe Technologies — undisclosed

August 15 — Atlanta, GA — Flashpoint Cohort 9 Application Deadline

August 15 — anywhere — Girls in Tech’s AMPLIFY! Women’s Pitch Competition Deadline

August 16 — Greensboro, NC — NorthState Tech Lab Application Deadline

August 17 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Deadline to Apply To Pitch at the BioFlorida Conference

August 24 — Atlanta, GA — ATL Thinks! Marketing + Design Innovation Program

August 24 — Miami, FL — 2018 Growth Program: Road to Series A Application Deadline

August 27 — Danville, VA — The Big Launch Challenge Application Deadline

August 28 — Atlanta, GA — Southeast BIO Investor & Partnering Forum Application to Present Deadline

August 30 — Atlanta, GA — Launchpad2X Women Entrepreneurship Program Application Deadline

September 1 — Dallas, TX — Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge Application Deadline

September 9 — Chattanooga, TN — September CO.STARTERS Cohort Registration Deadline

September 9 — New Orleans, LA — PitchNOLA: Education Application Deadline

September 10 — Birmingham, AL — Alabama Launchpad 2018 Startup Competition Cycle 4 Deadline

September 10 — Durham, NC — $50K NC IDEA SEED Grant Application Deadline (opens on August 20)

August 21 — Raleigh, NC — RIoT Pitch Night

August 22 — Tampa, FL — Tampa Bay Wave’s Demo Day

August 24 — New Orleans, LA — Summer Happy Hour Fundraiser for Fund 17’s Community Business Incubator

August 24–25 — Winston-Salem, NC — Triad Minority & Women’s Business Expo

August 27 — New Orleans, LA — Start-up Round-up Lean Startup Model Workshop

August 29–30 — Nashville, TN — 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival

August 29-September 1 — Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Black Tech Week

August 30 — Lafayette, LA — Get Started Medical Pitch Competition

September 6 — Baton Rouge, LA — PitchBR

September 6–7 — Atlanta, GA — BlockChainConf

September 7 — Winston-Salem, NC — Triad Startup Demo Day

September 12–13 — Raleigh NC — CED Tech Conference

September 13 — Baton Rouge, LA — Tech Park Academy: Engagement, No Ring Required

September 13 — Jackson, MS — Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala

September 20 — Raleigh-Durham, NC — Bunker Labs’ The Muster RDU

September 21 — Charlotte, NC — Healthcare Innovation Conference

September 21–23 — Atlanta, GA — EthAtlanta Blockchain Hackathon

September 25 — Knoxville, TN — Innov865 Week Pitch Competition

September 26–28 — Houston, TX — Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

September 28 — Atlanta, GA — TiECON

September 28 — Pensacola Beach, FL — ITEN Wired Career Expo

September 29–30 — Houston, TX — startherenow Women’s Startup Weekend

October 1–2 — Pensacola Beach, FL — ITEN Wired Conference

October 1–3 — Braselton, GA — Silicon Y’all SaaS & Internet Summit

October 3–5 — Atlanta, GA — A3C Music, Tech & Culture Conference

October 4 — Austin, TX — ATX Startup Crawl

October 14 — Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Startup Awards

October 16–17 — Atlanta, GA — Venture Atlanta

October 17 — Gulfport, MS — Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Consortium Pitch Night

October 22–24 — Atlanta, GA — BuiltTech Week

October 25 — Charleston, SC — DIG on the 1/2 Shell

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. Subscribe here to get the SSR delivered to your inbox.

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