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  • 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.

  • Tampa biotech stock soars on first day of public trading
    by Margie Manning on June 15, 2021

    Alzamend Neuro, a Tampa company working to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders, made a splashy debut on the Nasdaq Capital Market. On Monday, the company priced 2.5 million shares of stock at $5 a share for an initial public offering. The stock began trading Tuesday morning with the ticker symbol ALZN and The post Tampa biotech stock soars on first day of public trading appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Business incubators accepting applications for latest accelerator cohorts
    by Brian Hartz on June 4, 2021

    Entrepreneurs and early-stage startups have a couple of opportunities to get a leg up on the competition this summer, as the Tampa Bay Innovation Center in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Wave in Tampa are now accepting applications for their latest business accelerator programs. TBIC’s 12-week accelerator is focused on company founders and again will The post Business incubators accepting applications for latest accelerator cohorts appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • In wake of ribbon cutting, Codeboxx raises $1.6 million
    by Brian Hartz on June 2, 2021

    May was a big month for CodeBoxx Technology Inc., a company that trains people how to be web, app and software developers in as little as 16 weeks. After relocating from San Francisco to St. Petersburg earlier in the year, the firm on May 19 cut the ribbon on its new headquarters at Thrive DTSP, The post In wake of ribbon cutting, Codeboxx raises $1.6 million appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Investment firm throws support to education tech startup
    by Brian Hartz on May 27, 2021

    Tampa-based Florida Funders, a venture capital fund and angel investor network, has participated in a $3 million seed funding round for ChalkTalk, a New York tech company whose platform uses machine learning to generate personalized curriculum for high school teachers. ChalkTalk’s goal, according to a news release, is to help educators quickly and effectively build The post Investment firm throws support to education tech startup appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.