Southeast Shoutouts | Dig South plans Charleston’s first AI summit
n a partnership with gener8tor and its gBETA program, Innovation Portal has launched a new Gulf Coast accelerator.
From Charleston, SC:
Dig South has announced the city’s first-ever artificial intelligence (AI)-focused summit will be held April 25. “Join us to connect with leaders in the field to discuss integrating AI into your business platforms and strategies; the implications for data analysis, marketing, intellectual property, talent acquisition, scalability, creativity – and how to increase revenue using generative AI.” According to the email, speakers and other agenda details will be announced in January.
From Mobile, AL:
In a partnership with gener8tor and its gBETA program, Innovation Portal has launched a new Gulf Coast accelerator focused on early stage, technology-enabled start-ups focused on Industry 4.0. The new program, known as gBETA Gulf Coast, is focused on companies that have “local roots” in the region.
Innovation Portal is a nonprofit incubator and innovation hub accelerating start- up growth in the Gulf Coast region. In doing so, it provides a growth-focused space and community for entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives to work and connect. In addition to the workspace, the organization provides targeted programming to encourage successful launch, development, and scaling of local ventures.
gBETA is a seven-week accelerator that is capped at five teams and requires no fees and no equity. Application deadline for the program is February 19. Sessions start February 29 and end on April 19.
From Raleigh, NC:
NC IDEA has announced six more winners of its SEED grant program that invests $50,000 in non-dilutive funding in their start-ups. Since the program’s inception in 2006, NC IDEA has awarded more than $9.3 million to 205 companies. Four of the six recipients of the latest awards had previously received a smaller MICRO grant from NC IDEA, which helped them validate their business ideas and become eligible for the larger SEED grant.
From Tampa, FL:
As part of the Synapse Summit 2024 set for February 28, the organization is inviting nominations for its annual “Synapse Innovation Awards” that recognize Florida’s innovators, risk takers, doers and creators for daring to see an opportunity to make something better, and to do it. There are five categories: (1) Community Impact; (2) Emerging Technology; (3) Tech Start-up; (4) Innovative Product; and (5) Growth Company. The top two ranking innovators in each category will be invited to present their company on the main stage during the Innovation Showcase at Synapse Summit, where the winners will be announced liv