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  • IN-AWE celebrates women investors, founders in Florida, Tampa-St. Pete
    by Margie Manning

    Women leaders shared their hard-earned knowledge about starting and investing in businesses at IN-AWE, a virtual event that brought together innovators and entrepreneurs from throughout the state. Inspirational speeches, sobering statistics, and real-life stories about finding funding were highlighted during the gathering, with a laser focus on women investors and women-owned companies. The struggle to The post IN-AWE celebrates women investors, founders in Florida, Tampa-St. Pete appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Here’s who took the top spot at St. Pete Pitch Night
    by Jaymi Butler

    Embrew, a local startup that sources and sells high-quality sweetened tea bags from farms across the world, took the $5,000 top prize at Wednesday’s virtual St. Pete Pitch Night. The event, which focuses on showcasing, elevating and seeding community-based businesses. featured presentations from five local entrepreneurs seeking funding to help grow their companies. “St. Petersburg The post Here’s who took the top spot at St. Pete Pitch Night appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa tech startup XiByte sees global opportunities
    by Margie Manning

    XiByte, a Tampa company with artificial intelligence technology to help entrepreneurs, has been accepted into AI Ventures, an Australian tech incubator. XiByte will participate in a 12-week cohort, which is being held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Participation in the program will help XiByte enter the Australian market and raise capital, said Sat Ramphal, The post Tampa tech startup XiByte sees global opportunities appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Seedfunders, Embarc offer how-to’s for startups
    by Margie Manning

    One of the positives that has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic is the plethora of free or low-cost webinars that businesses and organizations are providing online, in order to stay in touch with their clients and customers when they can’t gather in person. Seedfunders, a St. Petersburg-based early-stage investing firm, and Embarc Collective, a Tampa The post Seedfunders, Embarc offer how-to’s for startups appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Meet the 18 finalists for Tampa Bay Tech’s 2020 awards
    by Margie Manning

    Tampa Bay Tech will honor local technology leaders at its annual awards show in November. The show will be online and will start at 4 p.m. Nov. 12. It’s the 17th year Tampa Bay Tech has held the legacy event. Register here. The organization, a nonprofit technology council, will present awards in seven categories, including The post Meet the 18 finalists for Tampa Bay Tech’s 2020 awards appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa-St. Pete’s focus on innovation shines as Commerce secretary kick offs competition to address Covid challenges
    by Margie Manning

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross took center stage at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College to announce a $25 million national competition for projects to prevent, prepare for and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and future pandemics. But the star of the show — at least for some — was Tampa-St. Petersburg’s growing entrepreneurial The post Tampa-St. Pete’s focus on innovation shines as Commerce secretary kick offs competition to address Covid challenges appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Five startups to compete at St. Pete Pitch Night
    by Jaymi Butler

    Five Tampa Bay startups have been selected to participate in the upcoming St. Pete Pitch Night, an event that focuses on showcasing, elevating and seeding community-based businesses. Pitch Night, which will be held virtually Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., is organized by the St. Pete Greenhouse, the University of South Florida St. The post Five startups to compete at St. Pete Pitch Night appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa-St. Pete groups refuse to let Covid co-opt their celebration of women entrepreneurs
    by Margie Manning

    Women entrepreneurs often have to work harder than their male counterparts to find connections for early-stage capital. Five local organizations are working to change that. They are hosting an inaugural IN-AWE virtual event that will bring together partners and resources who support women as innovators and entrepreneurs in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area and across Florida. The post Tampa-St. Pete groups refuse to let Covid co-opt their celebration of women entrepreneurs appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • St. Petersburg cybersecurity firm raises $53 million
    by Margie Manning

    deepwatch, a St. Petersburg company that provides managed security services, has closed on a $53 million Series B investment led by Goldman Sachs. ABS Capital partners, an existing investor, also participated in the deal. The new funding will accelerate research and development for the company’s cloud security platform, as well as drive continued go-to-market growth The post St. Petersburg cybersecurity firm raises $53 million appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Venture capital deals rebound in Q3 in Tampa-St. Pete
    by Margie Manning

    Venture capital investing in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area shrugged off the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and bounced back in the third quarter of 2020. Ten local companies drew more than $50 million in venture capital investments in the three months ended Sept. 30. In the previous three months, six companies received $30 million The post Venture capital deals rebound in Q3 in Tampa-St. Pete appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.