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May 20, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | Deadline approaching to apply for HealthTech|X Accelerator

Grep-a-palooza returns for its third year on Thursday, June 4, at the Durham, NC Convention Center.

From Tampa, FL:

The application window for Tampa Bay Wave’s 2024 HealthTech|X Accelerator is open until Friday (May 24). The 90-day tech business accelerator is exclusively for pre-Series A HealthTech start-ups focused on areas such as Digital Health, Healthcare Services, Health Sustainability and Wellness, Medical Devices and Equipment, Software, Femtech, Augumented Reality, Virtual Reality, PharmacyTech, and Wearables.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Economic Development AdministrationUniversity of South Florida (USF) Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)Florida High Tech Corridor, the national law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, and Levo Health, in partnership with USF Research & Innovation and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council.

Selected companies are not required to relocate for the duration of the program but must plan for on-site participation in Tampa during each of the three blocks of programming. To apply, click here.

From Durham, NC:

Grep-a-palooza returns for its third year on Thursday, June 4, at the Durham Convention Center. The full-day conference will focus on early stage tech start-ups in the Research Triangle region.

The event will feature two keynote speakers, several breakout sessions, a GrepTank spin on Shark Tank, and an after party at Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub. To qualify for GrepTank, start-ups must be headquartered in the Triangle, have annual revenues of less than $2 million, and not be in either the life sciences/biotech/medical device or agencies/consultancies sectors.

Keynote speakers are Jes Lipson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Levitate, and Igor Jablokov, CEO of Pryon. To review the full-day agenda, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.

The event is organized by GrepBeat, a multi-media site focused on tech news in the Research Triangle.

Another from Durham, NC:

NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, has announced awards totaling $350,000 to seven Tar Heel start-ups. Since its inception in 2006, the NC IDEA SEED grant program has awarded more than $9.7 million in non-dilutive grants to 212 innovative companies across the state, with these most recent awards being the 37th cycle of the program.

“We had an incredibly competitive cycle leading to yet another diverse cohort of companies spanning everything from agtech, VR therapy (built on university IP), and AI-powered tools to gaming,” said Thom Ruhe, CEO and President of NC IDEA. “North Carolina is blessed with a deep bench of high-growth potential companies being led by passionate and gifted founders. It’s a privilege to support their entrepreneurial journey.”

The seven, which received $50,000 each, include four from Charlotte and three from the Research Triangle area. Click here to learn more.

From San Antonio, TX:

The city’s Eastside District just scored a high-tech win with the opening of a new 5,000-square-foot community lab space known as VelocityTX Co-Labs. Developed to serve as a hub for budding bioscience companies, the facility celebrated its grand opening on May 16.

“The fact that we developed this entire city block in a little over four years is pretty amazing,” said Rene Dominguez, CEO of VelocityTX, in a San Antonio Report interview.

Formerly known as the Texas Research & Technology Foundation, VelocityTX has stood for economic development for four decades but honed in on biosciences as its spearhead in recent times. Dominguez outlined the nonprofit’s “North Star” to transform around 70 acres of the East Side into an innovation district. The mix of biosciences and military medical research is supposed to capitalize on the Defense Health Agency’s consolidation efforts. This revelation surfaces amid healthcare and biosciences being pegged as the largest single sector in San Antonio’s economy.

The latest development is part of a larger vision that includes cultivating the G.J. Sutton property. Plans are underway to morph it into a sprawling innovation campus destined to attract a military medical research tenant.

Click here to learn more in a Hoodline San Antonio article.

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