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Tampa entrepreneur Imani Lee of startup Black Stock Footage was one of only a handful of entrepreneurs who received a grant for their innovative businesses.  The virtual Black Entrepreneurs Day event, held Oct. 14, was presented by Chase for Business and curated and hosted by Daymond John, the founder and CEO of clothing brand FUBU...
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Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst and co-founder of the St. Petersburg Group, garnered more national attention for his Catalyst Metacities project at the Startup Stampede on Tuesday. Held in-person and virtually, the Startup Stampede was part of the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede that attracted some of the biggest names in the blockchain industry....
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Tampa-based Florida Funders, a hybrid of a venture capital fund and an angel investor network, announced its investment in Satisfi Labs, a conversational AI platform for sports teams, attractions and events.  Florida Funders has invested in Satisfi Labs’ 3MM Series A round from the Florida Funders’ Fund 2 LLC. Previous investors for the startup include...
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San Francisco-based HomeLight, a real estate tech platform for real estate agents, has raised $363 million of new funding – valuing the company at $1.6 billion.  HomeLight is based in San Francisco and opened a regional hub in South Tampa about a month ago.   The funding round was led by Zeev Ventures, with participation from...
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Drift, a startup co-founded by Tampa-raised entrepreneur Elias Torres and CEO David Cancel, has received a strategic investment that values Drift at over $1 billion.  Drift is a Boston-based digital marketing company that expanded to Tampa in late 2019. The company announced it will receive an investment from Vista Equity Partners, a leading global investment...
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St. Pete-based Autographia, a provider of authentic autographed memorabilia, will sell non-fungible token (NFT) matches for some of its inventory. The opposite of fungible assets, like dollars, which can be swapped evenly for each other, NFTs are one-of-a-kind and represent digital rarity. To kick off its offerings, the company will auction a model Tesla signed...
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This is a series of perspectives from local leaders who support startup businesses and social ventures, or who have started one themselves. Each is invited to envision what a world-class startup ecosystem would look like in St. Petersburg and to share their ideas for how we get there. Successful communities have certain attributes that put...
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Dave Chitester, the founder and managing partner of St. Petersburg-based Seedfunders, has been named to the board of directors of Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support and member organization for venture and private equity professionals and entrepreneurs. In addition to founding Seedfunders — which, to date, has invested some $2.85 million in 22 early-stage tech...
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Tampa-based Florida Funders, a venture capital fund and angel investor network, looks to capitalize on the recent, Reddit-driven trend in so-called “retail” investing by supporting vigtec.io, a company that’s behind an app-based “affordable investing discovery platform built for investors of all experience levels,” according to a press release. Florida Funders invested $250,000 in vigtec.io, which...
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Modern Campus, the creator of a leading learner engagement platform, has been on an acquisition spree in 2021, and its latest asset grab is Presence, an edtech firm headquartered in St. Petersburg and led by Reuben Pressman, the city’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Presence, according to a news release, helps universities improve retention rates by tracking and learning...
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