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  • USF students use AI to detect Alzheimer’s
    by Mark Parker on December 2, 2022

    Siegrid Pregartner and Laura Borgerding are quick to note they are non-traditional pharmacology doctoral students; Pregartner is an Army veteran and mother of two, while Borgerding is a former middle school teacher. The two also recently launched a startup, Janus AI, and designed an AI tool that aids in the early detection of Alzheimer’s. Their The post USF students use AI to detect Alzheimer’s appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Florida Power, Synapse partnership supports innovators
    by Mark Parker on December 1, 2022

    Startup founders have another reason to anxiously await an upcoming local pitch competition, as America’s largest electric utility is contributing $75,000 in prize money. Officials with Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Synapse Florida announced a new partnership this week for Tampa’s 2023 Synapse Innovation Awards. Pamela Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic The post Florida Power, Synapse partnership supports innovators appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa tech company closes $14M Series B
    by Veronica Brezina on November 29, 2022

    Tampa-based HSP Group, a provider of global expansion software and services for companies seeking to expand overseas, has raised $14 million in a Series B growth capital investment round. Investor ABS Capital led this round, joined by existing investor Baird Capital, which increased its investment in the business. To date, HSP Group has raised more The post Tampa tech company closes $14M Series B appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Cathie Wood invests in Cityverse
    by Mark Parker on November 12, 2022

    Cathie Wood has taken an equity position in Cityverse, a startup civic platform that will connect the community through information, ideas, and experiences. Wood is the Founder, CEO, and CIO of ARK Invest, an investment management firm founded in 2014. ARK’s investment strategies focus on disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, energy storage, robotics, DNA The post Cathie Wood invests in Cityverse appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Healthtech startup using AI raises $9M in Series A
    by Veronica Brezina on October 27, 2022

    Tampa-based tech startup TSOLife, which provides an artificial intelligence-based platform for senior living communities, completed a $9 million Series A funding round.  TSOLife’s primary platform, TSOLife Minerva, collects and transcribes interviews with residents and converts the information into data that staff can use to understand trends and outcomes.  The Series A round was led by The post Healthtech startup using AI raises $9M in Series A appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa cancer research company closes $22.2M round
    by Veronica Brezina on October 17, 2022

    Morphogenesis, a Tampa clinical-stage company developing novel therapies to treat cancer, has closed a $22.2 million round.  “This gives us the most runway we’ve ever had,” said CEO James Bianco.  Bianco, a longtime serial entrepreneur in the health care space who has led multiple companies to raise millions, recently relocated from Seattle to Tampa to The post Tampa cancer research company closes $22.2M round appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Space Florida, Venture Forum award startups
    by Veronica Brezina on October 14, 2022

    The Florida Venture Forum, Florida’s largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, and Space Florida awarded a total of $100,000 to several entrepreneurs this week.  During the annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference Wednesday in Tampa, the investors and organizers announced EVQLV, Novineer Inc. and Revterra Corporation as the award winners. Grand prize winner EVQLV, The post Space Florida, Venture Forum award startups appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Vista Equity Partners to acquire KnowBe4 for $4.6B
    by Veronica Brezina on October 12, 2022

    Vista Equity Partners has agreed to acquire Clearwater-based cybersecurity training company KnowBe4 in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.6 billion on an equity value basis. Last month, KnowBe4 (Nasdaq: KNBE), the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, announced that Austin, Texas-based Vista Equity Partners has made the company The post Vista Equity Partners to acquire KnowBe4 for $4.6B appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • How SavvyCard’s biggest client became an investor
    by Veronica Brezina on October 5, 2022

    St. Petersburg-based SavvyCard, an innovator in real estate marketing and lead generation, hit a major milestone in August in securing a six-figure investment deal with an existing client.  SavvyCard is a lead development platform that launched in 2012 as a free, online business card. In 2017 the company struck a major deal with CoreLogic (NYSE: The post How SavvyCard’s biggest client became an investor appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Notetaking app startup lands $1.4M local investment
    by Veronica Brezina on October 5, 2022

    Twos, a startup that has developed a notetaking app and sharing platform, has raised a $1.4 million pre-seed investment round led by TampaBay.Ventures.  Twos incorporates a calendar, planner, task manager and journal into one place where it can become organized. Twos currently has over 12,000 total users, 5,000 of which were active in the last The post Notetaking app startup lands $1.4M local investment appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.