Excited to see our portfolio company, Sharpen Minds, partnering with the United Way of the Piedmont to provide helpful information for foster families via their web app, Sharpen Families. Read the full article here.
Proud of Aperiomics for being featured on the Today Show this week as part of their #ConsumerConfidential segment.
“Virginia-based biotech company Aperiomics says it has technology that could shake up health care and find answers for the millions of people living with chronic and undetected illnesses.”
You can view the video here.
We are very pleased to pass along news of KIYATEC’s Series B2 fundraising, led by VentureSouth with participation from LabCorp and several co-investment partners.
You can read more on KIYATEC’s site and below. Congratulations to Matt Gevaert and the team for their continued hard work and success.
KIYATEC Announces $3 Million Initial Closing of Series B2 Preferred Stock Financing and New Investor LabCorp
GREENVILLE, SC. – May 1, 2019 – KIYATEC, Inc., today announced the initial $3 million closing of the company’s series B2 financing round. The round was led by VentureSouth and included LabCorp® (NYSE: LH).
“This validation and confidence by our investors, coupled with the exciting progress of our clinical trials, puts us on the path toward the next phase of growth and development,” said Matthew Gevaert, CEO of KIYATEC. “We are particularly excited to welcome LabCorp as a new investor because of the depth and breadth of their expertise in oncology. With the preclinical and clinical development strengths of LabCorp’s Covance Drug Development business, and their corporate position as a world leader in clinical testing, there is great potential synergy across the many ways KIYATEC’s technology can be used to improve cancer care.”
Proceeds from the financing will go toward KIYATEC’s ongoing clinical study, 3D-PREDICT, to validate KIYATEC’s proprietary assay as a patient-specific predictor of response to cancer therapies for solid tumors. The test analyzes a patient’s live cancer cells, grown in KIYATEC’s laboratory within a biologically relevant 3D microenvironment, to determine whether those cells respond to guideline-recommended cancer drugs. The 3D-PREDICT study is a fully prospective, multi-institutional effort to validate the predictive accuracy of the test and correlate response predictions to clinical outcomes among patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed ovarian cancer, glioblastoma and certain rare tumors.
The company has gained significant momentum in 2019. Recently, at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), KIYATEC demonstrated leading capabilities in modeling and predicting response to immuno-oncology therapies including checkpoint inhibitors. On April 10, KIYATEC was one of 20 companies recognized nationally on Capitol Hill as part of the 2019 University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase. In the first quarter of 2019, KIYATEC added three clinical sites to its 3D-PREDICT study and expects to continue its momentum by adding additional sites in the second and third quarters.
About KIYATEC, Inc.
KIYATEC is dedicated to accurately modeling and predicting cancer patient response to drug therapies, using ex vivo 3D cell culture technology, in order to inform clinical decision making and drive drug development. Our predictive clinical tests provide oncologists with patient-specific response profiles to current standard of care drugs prior to treatment selection. Our predictive 3D models are being used by leading biopharmaceutical companies to increase the success of their preclinical and clinical drug development programs as they develop the cancer therapies of the future.
Baebies is delivering innovative products and services for newborn screening and pediatric testing. As part of the deal, Baebies will add Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common and lethal form of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects young boys, to its expanded newborn screening service.
You can read more about it here.
We are pleased to congratulate portfolio company Proterra for closing a $155 million round led by Germany’s Daimler, the top maker of commercial vehicles and the parent of Mercedes-Benz.
Proterra is a fast-growing maker of battery-powered buses that’s finding new uses and partners for its particular brand of heavy-duty electric vehicle expertise. The new funding boosts total investment in Proterra to about $600 million. Additionally, Burlingame, California-based Proterra will also develop new types of heavy-duty vehicles with Daimler, starting with school buses from its Thomas Built Buses division, the companies said in a statement.
You can read more about it here.
We are very pleased to congratulate portfolio company UVision on successfully receiving approval from the FDA for its Luminelle hysteroscopy system. 510(k) clearance, with indications for both hysteroscopy and cystoscopy, was granted last week.
Receiving FDA clearance for a medical device is no small accomplishment. Getting it in two years from the initial concept is a remarkable feat. A testament to the grit of the founding team and the brainpower of the medical advising team.
Congratulations to Allison London Brown and the rest of the team.
Other portfolio companies continued their impressive momentum too:
Proterra - announced a sale to Toronto Transit Commission, are offering high-powered charging systems, are helping create double-decker electric buses, and are delivering buses in Dallas, to the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, and in Chicago. Keep rollin'.
Spiffy - New portfolio company (announced here) launched its Spiffy Blue, an on-board diagnostics sensor that will monitor your vehicle's health information. This announcement was also picked up by the Triangle Business Journal.
New portfolio company Emergo Therapeutics was featured in The Triangle's WRAL TechWire - another stellar entrepreneurial management team that we're pleased to add to the VentureSouth portfolio.
And Reveal Mobile and Proaxion are on the main stage at the CED Tech Conference in September.
Today VentureSouth is pleased to announce its members have invested in Spiffy.
A cliche of angel investing is you "back the jockey not the horse." The Spiffy team is one of the most impressive group of entrepreneurs we have ever had the opportunity to back.
Scot Wingo's track record of ecommerce success is unequalled in the Carolinas; coupled with Karl Murphy's operational capacity and expertise in the car maintenance world, and the wider team's breadth, depth, and capability, the team scores higher in our diligence evaluation than virtually any other company we've seen. We look forward to working with, and learning from, them as they grow Spiffy.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Get Spiffy, Inc. (Spiffy), an on-demand car care, technology, and services company, today announced the closing of a $9m fund raise led by Bull City Venture Partners.
The new capital infusion will enable Spiffy to broaden car care services, expand geographies, and develop additional channels.
All existing Spiffy investors, including IDEA Fund Partners, participated in the funding and new investors were added including strategic investor MANN+HUMMEL. Other investors included Visionary Private Equity Group, the North Carolina Venture Capital Multiplier Fund, Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN), and VentureSouth.
"Since our first investment, Spiffy has grown from three to five markets, added several new services like mobile oil change, and dramatically expanded their fleet business. With this financing, we are excited to continue to support Spiffy on their very impressive growth trajectory," said Jason Caplain, general partner Bull City Venture Partners.
"Just as e-commerce changed the retail landscape, on-demand services are changing consumer expectations around every touchpoint in a service interaction. Investing in Spiffy gives us the opportunity to explore the fascinating intersection of our products and their on-demand services," said Charles Vaillant, MANN+HUMMEL Chief Technology Officer.
"We continue to experience over 100% y/y growth and incredibly high customer satisfaction. We look forward to using the proceeds of this round to roll out more 5-star services, geographies, and channels," said Spiffy CEO, Scot Wingo.
Dr. Ron Zamber, Chairman of Visionary Private Equity Group commented, "VPEG is excited to be an investor in Spiffy as they are capitalizing on their unique approach to market in a methodical and precise manner. Beyond the rapid rise in on-demand services, Spiffy via Spiffy Blue (a proprietary on-board diagnostics solution) is also well positioned to capitalize on the explosion in the IoT market which is predicted to generate $300 Billion annually by 2020 being led by manufacturing, transportation, and logistics."
Spiffy (www.GetSpiffy.com) is an on-demand technology and services company with the mission to redefine the car care experience everywhere. Anyone can schedule a service in less than two minutes with the Spiffy app. Spiffy currently operates in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California and Dallas, Texas. Spiffy washes, details, and changes oil using the Spiffy Green environmentally-friendly system that is the eco-friendliest way to care for your vehicle. Spiffy's innovative technology allows clients to schedule, track and pay for services at the time and location of their choosing. The Spiffy Blue on-board diagnostics solution puts Spiffy technology in customers' hands nationwide.
This is an exciting transaction for VentureSouth. The first and most important reason is to be able to work with John Dillard and his team of "JCs" - Jessica, Jonathan, James - and others, to make NISPOM compliance easier and all of us a little more secure!
We're also delighted to have led the round based on a major investment from VentureSouth Charlotte, which is really hitting its stride; to have invested with the Venture Capital Multiplier fund and other new partners; and to have oversubscribed the round in record time, so John can move from fundraising to execution quickly.
This investment demonstrates the power of the VentureSouth model: lots of angels bring capital and expertise + thorough but rapid diligence + efficient investment structuring = capital deployment + wealth creation + job growth.
Best of luck John...
VentureSouth invests in Threatswitch, a Charlotte-based compliance software platform
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mac Lackey
Charlotte, N.C. – VentureSouth and Threatswitch are pleased to announce that the angel investment network has led an investment in the Charlotte-based software platform.
VentureSouth is an angel investment firm that invests in early stage companies across the Carolinas. Its Queen City affiliate, VentureSouth Charlotte, was launched in 2016 and its members have already invested in over a dozen companies.
The most recent was in Threatswitch, a security and compliance software platform for defense contractors and other heavily-regulated companies. VentureSouth led, and were the largest investors in, an oversubscribed investment round of $1.2 million. The round included both existing investors and new supporters including the North Carolina Venture Capital Multiplier Fund, Chapel Hill investor Alston Gardner, and Washington, DC-based Riverbend Capital.
John Dillard, Founder and CEO of Threatswitch, announced the investment. “We are delighted to have completed a substantial capital round to grow our business, and to be working with VentureSouth. Their thorough but efficient diligence process, their investment structure, and their connections and fundraising guidance have already been immensely valuable to Threatswitch. I’m excited about using this capital to continue growing a great business.”
Mac Lackey, Venture Partner at VentureSouth and leader of VentureSouth Charlotte, commented that “Having been an entrepreneur in Charlotte my whole life, I was excited to launch a VentureSouth group here. Since our first meeting in 2016, our members have been able to build a diverse portfolio of investments, including several in Charlotte. John and the Threatswitch team are talented entrepreneurs of the caliber we need to continue growing Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community.”
VentureSouth has invested over $25 million in 60 companies to date. To learn more about VentureSouth please visit www.venturesouth.vc; to learn more about Threatswitch please visit www.threatswitch.com.
We are proud to celebrate KIYATEC's announcement that it has begun admitting patients to its first clinical trial.
This is a major milestone for KIYATEC, and the culmination of several years of painstaking and groundbreaking work developing and validating its technologies and predictive capabilities.
As the coverage in Bloomberg notes, it is also a great story of collaboration between hospital systems, state/funding entities, private capital like VentureSouth's members ($1.5M invested and counting!), scientific talent, the National Cancer Institute, and many more.
Many years of hard work are ahead, but being able to predict which drugs will be most effective on an individual's cancer will be worth the effort. Keep up the good work!
The VentureSouth portfolio continues to blossom in the spring of 2018. Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks.
Atlas Organics - continues to grow in Chattanooga, this time on commercial food waste collection with EPB. They received the James B. Thompson Small Business of the Year Award for their growth and innovation in Spartanburg, and were featured by GVL Today* for an article informing readers how to compost in Greenville.
*GVL Today is a product of 6AM City, another VentureSouth portfolio company. You should definitely be on their list...
Avadim - announced that its patent applications have been allowed in the U.S. and Japan relating to a method for reducing the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections
Kwipped - launched a new version of their website to simplify their users' experience. CEO Robert Preville sat for an interview with PYMNTS for their latest "Topic TBD" podcast. They pitched at the Silicon Valley Open Doors Tech Conference at the end of May, Robert was interviewed by Business North Carolina to discuss their participation there, and they were featured on WECT news regarding the Silicon Valley conference.
- Brightfield Transportation: in our first link to Treehugger, here is a nice article on Brightfield. What's even cooler than an electric roadster? A solar-charged electric roadster, that's what.
- Target Pharma: continues to grow its disease communities, now adding pharma giant Novartis to its TARGET-NASH community.'
- KIYATEC: Cancer innovation and hiking the Appalachian Trail have a few things in common. Learn what in the UBJ article.
- Baebies: Enjoy Baebies' newsletter for January here, including links to its knowledge center, latest research study demonstrating the feasibility of using lower sample volumes for testing coagulation markers of enzymatic functional assays on a microfluidic cartridge, and its non-profit support events. The company completed its $13M equity raise, and we were proud to be a part of it.
- Pandoodle: with Sharing Economy International Inc, announced a potential partnership agreement where SEII could acquire 51% of its stock
Investing in early stage companies pays off in many ways. The most tangible is when they are bought by bigger companies. We're delighted to start the year off with "an exit" - with FarmShots acquired by Syngenta.
VentureSouth members invested in FarmShots in September 2016, attracted by Josh's technological skills and persistence, FarmShots' technology and market opportunity, and the cost saving and efficiency improvements for farmers.
Financial terms have not been disclosed, but we are happy to say that the investment definitely hit our return targets! This investment is a case study on how angel investing should, and does, work - so look out for more on our blog to come.
Though our part on the entrepreneurial journey is over, we wish Josh and Syngenta the best of luck in continuing to develop a great business.
2017 was a very productive year for VentureSouth portfolio companies. We are proud of their progress and achievements, so wanted to pass along a few additional awards, links, self-promotion, and recognition of them.
- KIYATEC - announced a further partnership with the Greenville Health System. You can learn at this Youtube link.
- Interesting article on Livi - how it can help in the ever-expanding opioid epidemic.
- KWIPPED - explaining how technology gives equipment a new lease on life in Equipment Finance Advisor
- Brightfield - a local award for innovation for Brightfield's founders, and with coverage in Clean Technica
- Zipit - recognized by AT&T with a Strategic Product Award.
Bring on 2018!
With a portfolio of 40 active companies, it can be hard to keep track of all their achievements. Our team of intrepid news searching scripts this month bring you:
Proterra: In addition to providing the keynote content at the VentureSouth Summit, Proterra is sending buses to San Jose airport and Greensboro NC, and showing them off in Iowa, California and Shreveport. They're driving a market continuing to grow at 28% / year; Vox's recent industry review is a great primer.
In what is rapidly becoming the Proterra and Avadim show, below are links to some of the newsworthy items for late September and October.
Proterra: after several years and much effort, here come the first two Proterra buses in Greenville. And these are now officially world-record-breaking buses; take a seat Tesla. And Proterra also announced partnerships with LG Chem, purchases by Van Hool, and more.
TiO Home announced a partnership with On Top Of The World Communities - a 3-year, 1,200-home program beginning in January.
Kwipped was featured in Total Station Markets, Chemistry World, MSN Lifestyle, the Journal Of Clinical Research Best Practices, and Irish Tech News - quite a selection. It also passed $75MM in listed assets.
Avadim: announced its partnership with Rite Aid and other pharmacies for Theraworx Relief, and was recognized as the 2nd-fastest growing company in NC and 13th-fastest growing healthcare company on the Inc 500 - quite an achievement. Awesome work Avadim.
Proterra: more CATbuses as Clemson acquired its second fleet of Proterra buses, they're coming to RDU airport - learn more here and here; five Proterra buses will begin serving New York City; and this long list of partnerships just announced with DoT grants is impressive
More milestones, awards, and good publicity over the last few weeks for the entrepreneurs working hard over the summer.
- Press coverage: Test and Measurement provided a nice analysis of leasing and rental in the testing space, with good coverage of Kwipped; Chemistry World provided more coverage in their space; and Funding Sage provided a nice interview with the serial successful founder
- New app: You can download Kwipped's app for suppliers in the App Store or Google Play
- New industry lines: Added Dental Equipment and Ophthalmic Equipment to its ever-expanding lineup. Need a dentist chair to do something legendary?
Baebies: Received a CE mark in Europe for SEEKER, which is great news, and announced new assays for FINDER. They also inked a new deal with Trivitron's Labsystems Diagnostics to deliver a wider range of newborn screening solutions.
June is apparently a very busy time for our companies, so much so that we need two updates this month to cover the news already this month.
Proterra: Undermining the narrative that South Carolina companies never raise venture capital, Proterra announced its latest $55 million financing (in which VentureSouth members again participated - thanks pro rata rights!) (Forbes, WSJ.) Wonder what proportion of those that are "still in" will be buying electric buses or just creating their own hot air?
ActivEd: several big achievements, from a rollout across all Cherokee County Schools to a state-level budget proviso to fund Walkabouts in 250 more classrooms in South Carolina - taking ActivEd into over 50% of schools in the state. This is why this is important.
OB Medical: LaborView is now available in Australia and New Zealand thanks to a distribution partnership with LSR Healthcare. (It had also announced integration with Philips' legacy monitoring systems back in April.)