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VentureSouth portfolio news - summer 2018

KIYATEC led the big news this summer, with the admittance of the first patients to its first clinical trial. Learn more here and in Bloomberg.

Other portfolio companies continued their impressive momentum too:

Kwipped - featured in Hypepotamus, a tech start-up site, and are entering the metrology equipment market.

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.

TiO - has teamed up with Level Homes in the Triangle. Their product was also added to a new home for a wounded veteran and his family through Operation Coming Home.

Threatswitch continues to roll out new features - this month smart filtered views.

Livi is a life-saver - and available on Amazon.

And Reveal Mobile and Proaxion are on the main stage at the CED Tech Conference in September.

Portfolio news - November 2017

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:

Baebies: Completed its $10 million Series B raise, helped by a large strategic investment from BOE Technology Group.

Kwipped: Announced the completion of a further round of growth financing. We are pleased to be participating again, alongside the Wolfpack Investment Network.

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.

Brightfield was featured in Motor Week for establishing more than 100 solar/EV charging stations across NC.

Reveal Mobile remains a "top 10 startup to watch." Learn more from Brian Handly in Forbes too.

And Target Pharma shared more of its plans for the rest of the year with the Triangle Business Journal.

Portfolio news - October 2017

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.

Avadim: Avadim announced a partnership with another market leader - this time Cardinal Health, to provide Avadim's line of topical bionome therapies. But not everything goes according to plan...

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.

Target Pharma: announced the extension of its partnerships with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Intercept, and a new partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim.

And Baebies announced a global distribution partnership for SEEKER with Trivitron's Labsystems Diagnostics.

Portfolio news - August / September 2017

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.

Plum Print: featured on Good Morning America as a way to preserve those summer memories (and release all of the guilt).

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

Altas Organics: learn more about recycling with Compost House from Atlas Organics - and about the new pilot program in Henderson County.

Emrgy: See more video of Emrgy's Denver installation, including four new installations, and the team behind "the first distributed hydropower installation in the United States."

Portfolio news - Summer 2017

More milestones, awards, and good publicity over the last few weeks for the entrepreneurs working hard over the summer.

Emrgy: Emrgy's installation of a turbine in a canal for Denver Water generated plenty of local press and coverage in trade publications. You can even enjoy live footage from several news outlets.

Kwipped:

ActivEd: SCRA announced additional funding for ActivEd through SC Launch.

UVision: Enjoy Allison London-Brown's presentation of UVision and its Luminelle hysteroscope at CED's Life Science Conference earlier this summer.

Atlas Organics: After success with its residential collection program Compost House in Greenville, Atlas Organics is beginning its efforts in Chattanooga.

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.

Zipit: Wins a 2017 IoT Security Excellence Award from IoT Evolution magazine.

Proterra: Read about Greenville's grant application to have Proterra buses on Upstate streets.

Avadim: Announced the showcasing of PHUEL at the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo at the end of June in Houston.

Portfolio news - June 2017

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.

Pharmright: Livi is working hard - and is already improving the lives of caregivers and early adopters. You can enjoy The Medicine Shoppe's commercial here.

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.)

Kwipped: Officially announced the additional investment from The Angel Roundtable. Pleased to be working with Tony and the rest of the TAR team.

Servosity: And finally here's Damien Stevens' "Entrepreneur Minute" from a couple of weeks ago.

Portfolio news - Early June 2017

There is no quiet winding down for summer at VentureSouth - with two diligence teams working hard, multiple investments closing, and strategic planning for improvements to our processes in the fall.

There is even less of a decrescendo at our portfolio companies. Here are the most recent updates:

Pharmright: new customers flooding in during May, including new pharmacy customers like The Medicine Shoppe in South Dakota and PharmNet in Mississippi.  Vote for them in the AARP Innovation Challenge here.

Avadim: continuing its partnership expansion, Avadim announced its partnership with Briggs Healthcare and with GPA.

Vendor Registry: added Dorchester County to its portfolio of governments in SC, joining Florence County, North Charleston, City of Spartanburg, and many others.

Atlas Organics: launched its consumer food waste collection business, Compost House. See this introduction from Greenville Online.

Proterra: World's most amazing bus company Proterra added a new chief legal officer and a new CFO.

And Kwipped's new equipment leasing program continues to add partners, like Balboa Capital today.

 

Portfolio news - May 2017

The spring continues to be productive for VentureSouth's portfolio companies. Here is a recap of recent progress on marketing and product development

Plum Print: received nationwide exposure in the Washington Post (subsequently re-circulated through the Rockies in the Denver Post to the Pacific in the Bend Bulletin!) - and was Sarah Michelle Gellar's top pick for Mothers Day. You can see their elevator pitch on MSNBC and on Hulu.

Kwipped: announced the launch of its equipment leasing program. If you would like to rent-to-own equipment, Kwipped now helps you find the equipment AND find ways to finance it. Learn more from Robert on the SE Tech Podcast from this month.

Avadim: announced another partnership, this time with Ocean X for a direct to consumer subscription channel.

Proterra: it wouldn't be a monthly update without something on Proterra. This month we have a new cold weather package and diagnostics kits and a test of the bus in Greenville. Not cool enough? How about (semi) autonomous buses?

Building up products, teams, and revenues are (of course) crucial for growth. But we are always mindful of exit preparation, and so are pleased to see when portfolio companies add to their patent suite - making themselves more attractive to potential strategic buyers.

Congratulations therefore to Zipit (here - receiving its 10th patent),  KIYATEC (here), Pharmright (here), and Brightfield (here) on expanding their patent portfolios in the last few weeks.

Portfolio news - April 2017

Partnerships are crucial to early-stage companies to help them scale more rapidly. April saw the announcement of three example partnerships in our portfolio:

Other companies launched new products and hit milestones on their own:

And Proterra just keeps on rolling:

Portfolio news - January 2017

January began with a bang with Proterra's financing, and they continued to dominate headlines - with stories of big order wins like this one for 73 buses.

January has been an exciting time for other VentureSouth portfolio companies as well. Here are a few others that have made the news.

ActivEd: Kinesthetic learning edtech company ActivEd is going to be used in all the elementary schools in Greenville County. Greenville County is the largest school district in SC (and the 44th largest in the US) with over 50 elementary schools, so this is a big win.

Pharmright: Charleston-based Pharmright raised additional capital to accelerate the commercialization of Livi. Our groups participated - led by VentureSouth Charleston.

Vendor Registry: New portfolio company Vendor Registry impressed us - and impressed the Murfreesboro, TN purchasing department.

Booster: Crowdr became Booster, and moved from desktop to mobile. You can now live-stream your event from your phone or tablet, and simultaneously raise money for it. Download the app here.

Plum Print: And Plum Print inadvertently troubleshot inauguration logistics...

Proterra's $140 million round

Happy 2017 everyone!

We begin our portfolio news this year with a BIG announcement - a $140 million round raised by portfolio company Proterra. This is genuinely exciting and national-scope news - congratulations to the team that is truly revolutionizing bus transportation.

It's also exciting news for UCAN and VentureSouth. Our members were able to participate in this financing - and did so with enthusiasm. We made a substantial investment (though of course a small proportion of $140 million!) - particularly for an angel group that had already invested repeatedly in the company in each every round since we first invested.

VentureSouth (via UCAN) first invested in the bridge round in 2011 that allowed the company to survive long enough to raise the first venture capital round from Kleiner Perkins. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength. We'll explore on our blog some lessons learned from this investment. Look out for those.

It is still possible to invest in Proterra through VentureSouth. Contact us to learn more.

Portfolio news - November / December 2016

Several exciting updates from the last few weeks.

Proterra leads the way, with coverage in Forbes - and with press on three recent deals: (1) 15 new buses funded by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; (2) in the Chicago Tribune of an announcement in late October about a partnership with JLL to deliver 10 Catalyst buses for a service operating between Chicago’s commuter train stations the Prudential Plaza and Aon Center, both JLL-managed properties, in Chicago; and (3) the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Massachusetts.

Target Pharma continues to outperform, announcing its fourth disease community in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb - following its earlier announcement in partnership with Intercept Pharmaceuticals.

KIYATEC is not far behind - moving by popular acclaim from a startup to a breakout success. Keep up the good work.

Pharmright is accelerating nationally - demo'ing the Livi from Missouri to Maine.

Avadim announced its recognition by Vizient for the innovation of its technology and its plans to make $3.1 million of products per week at its new facility.

And lastly Crowdr provided a sneak peak of its mobile app Booster that launches in January. See you on there!

Portfolio news - September 2016

New financings, new products, new clinical trials, and increasing recognition for our portfolio companies this month.

OB Medical: our syndication partner New World Angels publicly announced its participation in OB Medical's third financing round. VentureSouth invested again too, for the third time.

Avadim: announced the results of its use trials in student athletes.

Proterra: continues its success with its remarkable Catalyst E2 electric bus.

Vendor Registry: recent investment Vendor Registry is already recognized as critical for local government procurement processes. It was ranked #4 of the top 50 companies in the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Choice Awards, with some great testimonials.

Pharmright: "may help curtail medication confusion". Alternatively, "may revolutionize medication adherence and help save hundreds of lives"!

 

Portfolio news - May 2016

Several VentureSouth portfolio companies have had positive announcements and press recently, so quickly wanted to share our congratulations on their continued hard work and success.

KIYATEC: Announced their Scientific Advisory Board, adding more world class talent to an already stellar team.

Proterra: Continue to sell their electric buses - this time 25 at once, to SEPTA in Philadelphia. Would be nice to have a few more of these on the roads in South Carolina!

Baebies: Publicly announced the launch of its near birth newborn testing platform, FINDER.

Zipit: Agreed a partnership with Iron Bow Technology to serve federal agencies more efficiently.

World-leading technologies, cutting-edge science, and real sales - all from tech startups in the Carolinas. Keep it up!

VentureSouth Makes Three New Investments

COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN) announced three new investments made by the organization’s statewide network of angel groups. SCAN, a professionally-managed network of over 200 angel investors, works to create a more efficient market for early stage capital in South Carolina by aggregating strong deal flow and interested investors in the Palmetto State – and with co-investors in neighboring states.

Most recently, SCAN groups invested alongside angel and venture groups from Alabama and Georgia in RivalHealth. RivalHealth, founded by Pete Durand and based in Raleigh, provides highly-personalized exercise and nutrition plans through an online wellness platform that improves the fitness and health of employees. Pete explained, “RivalHeath helps organizations improve the health, fitness, and morale of their employees through daily exercise and nutrition coaching, social challenges, administering incentives, and measuring outcomes from our proprietary RivalRating measurement system.”

This investment was funded by the following VentureSouth groups:

Several of these groups also participated in a second, undisclosed, investment in a North Carolina-based life science technology company, and the Upstate Carolina Angel Network and the Palmetto Angel Fund invested further in Proterra, the designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Greenville, South Carolina. They joined several major institutional and venture capital investors in the $30 million Series D investment.

Paul Clark, Managing Director of the South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN), noted that, “These investments show our angel investors fulfilling our goal to “make money, have fun, and do good.” Each company is an innovative and impressive business that should grow rapidly and generate strong investment returns; each provides advanced and sophisticated technology that has been fun to analyze; and each is doing invaluable work in improving the health, fitness, and environment of people across the southeast.”