📬 Southern Startup Report: November 15 — November 28, 2018

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New Orleans, LA — Atlanta-based pharmaceutical device company Hera Health Solutions won the $10K top prize at the recent GetStarted Louisiana Pitch competition, while the Louisiana chapter of the national Entrepreneurs’ Organization saw the fastest and largest membership growth out of any other central region chapter in the current fiscal year. Local universities are adding new technology programs, as Xavier University debuts the Google in Residence program and UNO will begin offering accelerated Python coding classes in December. Nominations for the annual Silicon Bayou 100 list of notable tech and startup influencers have opened; submit a nomination by December 21.

Atlanta, GA — Startup Deputy, which has headquarters in Atlanta and Sydney, has raised the largest Series B round in Australian history, at $81 million. Microsoft has acquired Atlanta-based virtual workspace solutions company FSLogix for an undisclosed amount, while data catalog company OvalEdgehas been acquired by another local company: FutureTech Holding Company. Comcast NBCUniversal’s startup accelerator, The Farm, recently graduated their 2nd group of startup founders.

Austin, TX — ATX-based Wikibuy, a provider of automated online shopping comparison engines, was recently acquired by Capital One for an undisclosed amount. CrowdOut Capital closed $2.5 million in growth funding, which it intends to use to continue development of its technology, both front-end for investors and back-end for portfolio management and loan servicing.

Birmingham, AL — Mother-daughter founders Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are capping off an exciting year for their company, as Mixtroz hits $1 million in funding, after winning a $100K investment during Revolution’s Rise of the Rest earlier this year. At the recent Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale, TriAltus Bioscience won $100K in seed funding, while AerBetic took home the $50K concept prize.

Durham, NC — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a $9.2 million contract for its Radio Frequency Machine Learning System (RFMLS) program. The program will develop new, data-driven machine learning algorithms to decipher RF signals. Gene editing and plant technology startup Pairwise has established a headquarters in downtown Durham.

Miami, FL — Miami travel software company Farelogix is being acquired by Sabre for $360M in cash, while money is flowing to a number of Miami startups. Apis Capital Management (a West Palm Beach, FL-based asset manager) has launched Apis Ventures, a private equity fund focused on the acquisition and development of companies in the artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks space.

Tampa, FL — Downtown Tampa’s new $10 million innovation space, Embarc Collective, recently unveiled renderings and announced that it is slated for a tentative March 2019 opening. Local leaders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including Embarc’s Lakshmi Shenoy recently convened to discuss building a brand for Tampa Bay as a startup hub. Tom Wallace, managing partner of Florida Funders in Tampa, also sees a ‘sleeping giant’ in the Sunshine State.

I wish I knew then… “that an aging convertible note is one of your biggest enemies.

~ Brenda Stoner, Founder of PICKUP Now, Inc., Dallas, TX

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Atlanta, GA — Deputy — $81M Series B

Atlanta, GA — Flock Safety — $10M

Austin, TX — ClearDATA — $26M

Austin, TX — HNI Healthcare — $65M

Austin, TX — Lawgix — $4.2M

Austin, TX — Living Security — $1.25M Seed

Austin, TX — Self Lender — $10M Series B

Austin, TX — Zdaly — undisclosed

Birmingham, AL — Mixtroz — $1M

Cary, NC — RewardStock — $320,000

Charlotte, NC — Levvel — $1.5M

Charlotte, NC — MapAnything — $42.5M Series C

Charlotte, NC — Payzer — $9.2M Series C

Dallas, TX — Modo — $13M Series A

Durham, NC — écree — $1.5M Seed

Miami, FL — Joox — $2.3M

Miami, FL — Papa — $2.4M Seed

Nashville, TN — Jammber — $3.4M

Raleigh, NC — IndieGoodz — $15K

Tampa, FL — Knack — $1.5M Seed

December 1 — Durham-Raleigh, NC — Apply to Become an Ice House Entrepreneurship Launch Partner

December 4 — Austin, TX — MassChallenge B2B Tech Startup Comet Competition Application Deadline

December 21 — New Orleans, LA — Silicon Bayou 100 Nominations Deadline

December 31 — Houston, TX — TMC Biodesign Entrepreneurial Innovation Fellowship Application Deadline

rolling deadline — Charleston, SC — DIG SOUTH Speaker Submissions

November 29 — Austin, TX — Austin Startup and Tech Holiday Mixer powered by Google

November 29 — Tampa, FL — Tampa Bay Wave Pitch Night

November 29 — Winston-Salem, NC — Pitch, Please! Pitch Competition

November 30-December 2 — Atlanta, GA — HER Idea Summit

December 1 — Austin, TX — Latinx Tech Summit

December 4–6 — New Orleans, LA — ResCon 2018

December 4–6 — Atlanta, GA — Innovation Leader’s Atlanta Field Study

December 5–6 — Greenville, South Carolina — VentureSouth Summit 2018

December 6 — New Orleans, LA — SaaS NOLA

December 6 — Austin, TX — JBTVL Venture Expo

December 6 — Austin, TX — The Medical Device Summit

December 6 — Houston, TX — Texas Digital Summit

December 6 — Memphis, TN — LITE Pitch Night

December 6 — Tampa, FL — Tech is Our Future — Tampa Bay Wave Year-End Celebration

December 7–8 — Birmingham, AL — Teen Tech Bham Hackathon

December 7–9 — San Antonio, TX — Startup Weekend San Antonio

December 10 — Austin, TX — Fintech Startup Showcase

December 10 — Baton Rouge, LA — Angelbeat Cloud Seminar with Microsoft Keynotes

December 11 — New Orleans, LA — Angelbeat Cloud Seminar with Microsoft Keynotes

December 11 — Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Blockchain Experience

January 9 — Charlotte, NC — Seed the South Investor Symposium & Startup Pitch Competition

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

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

February 6–7 — Jacksonville, FL — Global FinTech Innovation Challenge

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.