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  • Florida Funders invests in Google-backed AI platform
    by Veronica Brezina on September 7, 2021

    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 The post Florida Funders invests in Google-backed AI platform appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Real estate tech firm raises $363M, expects to rapidly grow operations in Florida
    by Veronica Brezina on September 2, 2021

    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 Group 11, The post Real estate tech firm raises $363M, expects to rapidly grow operations in Florida appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Drift reaches unicorn status with investment from Vista Equity Partners
    by Veronica Brezina on September 1, 2021

    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 The post Drift reaches unicorn status with investment from Vista Equity Partners appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • St. Pete-based Autographia to auction Elon Musk signed Tesla and matching NFT
    by Veronica Brezina on August 24, 2021

    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 The post St. Pete-based Autographia to auction Elon Musk signed Tesla and matching NFT appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Startup City: Six steps to a healthier startup ecosystem in St. Petersburg
    by Irv Cohen on July 7, 2021

    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 The post Startup City: Six steps to a healthier startup ecosystem in St. Petersburg appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Florida Venture Forum names St. Pete, Tampa investment leaders to board
    by Brian Hartz on July 3, 2021

    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 The post Florida Venture Forum names St. Pete, Tampa investment leaders to board appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Florida Funders backs startup investment platform with $250K in funding
    by Brian Hartz on June 25, 2021

    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 The post Florida Funders backs startup investment platform with $250K in funding appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Edtech startup Presence acquired by larger firm
    by Brian Hartz on June 24, 2021

    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 The post Edtech startup Presence acquired by larger firm appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tech accelerator showcases healthcare disruptors
    by Brian Hartz on June 23, 2021

    The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) held its latest Connection to Innovation event Wednesday, welcoming a pair of healthcare startup founders as well as a familiar face in Rachel Feinman, the organization’s former executive director who earlier this year joined Tampa General Hospital (TGH) as vice president of innovation. Hosted by FIBA co-executive directors Rakefet Bachur The post Tech accelerator showcases healthcare disruptors appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa Bay Wave welcomes 15 startups to latest accelerator cohort
    by Brian Hartz on June 17, 2021

    Fifteen tech startups from across the country and beyond have been admitted to Tampa Bay Wave’s 2021 TechDiversity Accelerator. Established in 2018 and funded by the Nielsen Foundation, the 90-day program works with high-growth, early-stage companies that are at least 51 percent owned by members of minority or other underrepresented groups, including veterans and people The post Tampa Bay Wave welcomes 15 startups to latest accelerator cohort appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.