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September 25, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | Cohort 4 of Techstars Birmingham accelerator announced

CORE SC is soliciting applications, while a company is pulling up roots and moving from one "C City" to another.

From Birmingham, AL:

The “Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator” has chosen 12 start-ups for the fall class of 2023. The early stage companies are addressing challenges in categories including energytech, climatetech, and sustainability among other areas.

It’s the fourth cohort of the three-month program and includes five companies from the South – one each from Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Mobile and Raleigh. Click here for a full list of the participants.

The proverbial “Demo Day” will be held December 5.

From Charleston, SC:

CORE SC has announced several grant funding opportunities.

Managed and administered through the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium and the NASA EPSCoR Program at the College of Charleston Grants Management office, the funded projects are expected to contribute to South Carolina’s economic, environmental, and/or social betterment as outlined in the SC Office of Resilience Risk Reduction Plan and the Vision 2030: South Carolina Science & Technology Plan.

There are four categories:

  • Innovation grants of up to $25,000 to support innovative projects that develop resilient solutions;
  • Pilot and demonstration grants of up to $25,000 that support pilot and demonstrator projects;
  • Advanced research grants of up to $50,000 to support more advanced applied research projects; and
  • Advanced collaboration projects grants of up to $100,000 to support advanced large-scale collaborative projects.

CORE SC, officially known as the Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina, is a consortium founded by the College of Charleston, South Carolina Aquarium, and Charleston County Government.

From Charlotte, NC:

From one “C City” and one “C State” to another. Charlotte Inno reports that a clean-technology company that achieved unicorn status in 2021 is moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Charleston, SC next month. The reason: talent.

Chris Kemper, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer at Palmetto, said the firm started its transition to Charlotte earlier this year and was attracted to the city’s talent pool in the innovation space. Founded in 2009, Palmetto serves as a business-to-business tech company that develops software products, helping homeowners and utility companies choose renewable energy sources and ultimately save money.

From Greenville, SC:

In 2022, Tyler Senecal and Brad Dunson co-founded Sagacity, a Greenville-based portfolio management software company, to streamline communication between investors and founders.

In an article in the Upstate Business Journal, Senecal explains the name that the two chose. “The word ‘sagacity’ speaks to the quality of someone who makes informed decisions. Our software is designed to help venture capitalists do just that, by equipping them with data about the companies that they’ve invested in.”

The company currently has three full-time employees, a few contractors, and two local advisers. Senecal said they hope to build the internal team to expand the company in the future.

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