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May 23, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | News from the Carolina and Florida

Co-living company founded in Charleston, SC expands to Charlotte while the Low Country gets more co-working space.

From Charlotte:

Charlotte Inno reports that CoLife, a Charleston, SC-based co-living start-up, has recently expanded to the Queen City. Founded in 2022, CoLife decided to expand to Charlotte as well as Atlanta in early April to address the growing affordable-housing crisis in both cities. According to its website, the start-up “creates co-living relationships between A+ homeowners and fantastic, vetted renters based on common values and living styles.” The process starts with those seeking housing creating a detailed profile featuring their personal preferences regarding those with whom they want to live. The client then gets potential matches who have been pre-vetted and hand selected by a CoLife expert based on the profile. The final steps include completing the prospective renter’s background check (and credit for renters), meeting the potential matches, and deciding which is the right fit for individuals.

From Charleston, SC:

A New York-based co-working company has expanded its footprint with a second location. Serendipity Labs recently opened a 26,000-square-foot facility in the rapidly growing community of Nexton which is near Summerville just north of Charleston. The new location joins one that Serendipity Labs opened three years ago in Mount Pleasant.

From Tampa:

Roughly a year after Tampa General Hospital (TGH) announced it would be launching a $15 million, innovation-focused investment fund as part of its broader TGH Innoventures program, Tampa Bay Inno reports that officials revealed its first investment and shared a progress update. Who got the inaugural dollars? It was New York-based Enroute which describes itself as the “Uber of patient transportation within a hospital.” The start-up is also the first participant of TGH’s Co-Labs program, a healthcare-focused incubator that accepts applications on a rolling basis. Participating companies will be given a paid pilot program and access to coaches at TGH and Embarc Collective in exchange for a small piece of company equity.

From Miami:

Atomic announced last week that it had raised $320 million for Fund IV which will be used exclusively for starting and building companies. Backed by top-tier endowments, foundations, and institutions globally, the latest fund brings the firm to more than $750 million in total assets under management, making it the largest venture studio fund in the technology industry. More importantly, it gives Atomic substantial capital to deploy and build during what the firm describes as this “unique moment in time. At a time when many are retrenching and have slowed down, we’ve started more companies in more industries than ever over the past year.” Click here to learn more.

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