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June 17, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | Joules Accelerator opens applications

RevDoc is a revolutionary app that connects healthcare providers to users for doctor visits at home, the office, or anywhere.

From Charlotte, NC:

The deadline to apply for Cohort 14 of the Joules Accelerator is July 26 at this link. The nonprofit-run accelerator, which focuses on climate and grid technologies supporting the global transition to clean energy, involves about 95 percent of the programming being virtual. That allows for companies from across the globe to participate in the 90-day accelerator.

The selection committee gives preference to local and regional start-ups from the Carolinas, which account for about 16 percent of all cohorts. Diverse start-ups are also prioritized, with nearly half of the founders from recent cohorts representing underserved populations in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field.

According to a recent article in WRAL TechWire, Joules targets companies that have raised $150,000 to $10 million through venture capital and angel investments or non-dilutive funding from grants and other partnerships. Joules targets companies that have raised $150,000 to $10 million through VC and angel investments or non-dilutive funding from grants and other partnerships. Ryan Rutledge, the organization’s Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, says the selection committee seeks start-ups willing to engage with partners on commercialization efforts, which could include a pilot project, letter of intent, joint development agreement, or any other means of bringing a technology to market between these two parties.

From Miami, FL:

A groundbreaking initiative from Miami’s S.E.E.K. Foundation Inc. is set to transform the landscape of Opa-Locka, providing families in the community with unprecedented access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, workforce re-entry pathways, broadband connectivity, and essential health services.

According to an article in Black Enterprise, the SMART Tech Health Hub is a first-of-its-kind project in the city, bolstered by a $4 million funding commitment from the state of Florida, according to a press release. Slated for full operation by December 2026, the SMART Tech Health Hub will fulfill a multifaceted purpose to empower individuals with the tools and resources necessary to thrive in today’s technology-driven world. The hub seeks to fill a void in the community, which currently lacks a high school or technical facility.

“The partnership with the Miami Foundation’s Digital Equity Collective program has been pivotal in advancing this initiative,” said Anike Sakariyawo, Founder of S.E.E.K. Foundation. “We are looking to provide Opa-Locka community members of all ages access to educational resources and pathways to STEM careers.”

Click here to learn more.

From Tampa, FL:

RevDoc is a revolutionary app that connects healthcare providers to users for doctor visits at home, the office, or anywhere.

With just a few taps on the user-friendly RevDoc mobile app, a verified doctor will come to individuals — whether they’re at home, the office, a hotel, dorm, or via telemedicine. RevDoc offers access to over 100 healthcare services, including primary and urgent care, weight loss, men’s and women’s health, sports medicine, aesthetic treatments like Botox® and laser skin treatments, labs, and more.

As a groundbreaking first double-sided app in healthcare, RevDoc allows providers to easily sign up wherever they are. Once their background verification is complete, they have the flexibility to work for themselves and start building a practice and setting their own hours and rates. The RevDoc platform, which is free for providers, includes a complete electronic medical record, prescription management, direct pay options, and the ability to order medical supplies, leveraging group rates and enabling doctors to focus on providing care, not paperwork. By reducing the administrative burden of middlemen, RevDoc makes access to house calls surprisingly cost-effective and accessible for everyone.

A news release explaining the new app can be found here.

From Birmingham, AL:

A San Francisco tech start-up is relocating its headquarters to Birmingham with plans to create 80 jobs as it grows its operations.

The announcement about CModel Data Inc., whose proprietary software helps businesses operate more efficiently, was made last week by Alabama Commerce Secretary Ellen McNair. The start-up developed its AI-powered Cora program to provide insights and recommendations to business decision-makers, allowing them to develop and implement successful growth strategies.

CModel says Cora functions as a decision-support engine that aggregates a company’s most critical business data and uses machine learning to analyze metrics, assumptions, and industry benchmarks to deliver curated recommendations with subject matter expertise.

“The innovators behind CModel Data have developed a software platform that enables business leaders to cut through the static to obtain the insights they need to grow their enterprises,” McNair said. “The promising company is another great addition to Birmingham’s growing tech start-up scene.”

CModel was co-founded by Teasha Cable, Dr. Russ Muzzolini, and Jazmine Cable-Whitehurst in San Francisco. The company participated in the inaugural Amazon Web Services’ Impact Accelerator in 2022 and the Build in Tulsa Accelerator in 2023.

With an investment from an Alabama-focused venture fund and broad-based support for its growth project, CModel is relocating its headquarters fto Birmingham’s Innovation Depot, one of the Southeast’s premier incubators for tech-focused start-ups.


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