A Mexican company marketing a pre-paid debit card that connects to any smartphone or tablet won this week's startup competition at the Southland Southern Culture and Technology Conference. The company will receive $110,000 from the contest's 11 judges — with the stipulation that that money be the final $110,000 of a $4 million round that Sr. Pago executives plan to raising.
Sr. Pago was selected from a group of 10 early-stage companies that pitched at the conference. Its card will be sold at Best Buy or about $50.
“We were pretty surprised,” said Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, CEO of Sr. Pago. “As a Mexico-based company, we knew we would bring diversity to this conference, and it’s a very good thing for Southland to be this open to an international company.”
Separately at Southland, PandoDaily Editorial Director Paul Carr revealed that the staff of the website selected Nashville-based musical instrument maker Artiphon as their favorite company and said they will fork over a financial prize soon.
Sarah Lacy, whose Pando team is co-organizing next week's Southland conference at Marathon Music Works, says she has accidently exceeded her goal of having 10 judges for the event's startup pitch competition. The 11th investor to commit is Paul Judge, an executive at Barracuda Networks, which means the winning startup team will get the opportunity to negotiate for a $110,000 investment.
The organizers of the upcoming Southland Conference have filled out the roster of judges for the confab’s pitch competition. They are Tige Savage of Revolution Ventures, Michael Goldstein of SwitchPitch, Zach Ware of Project100, Erik Moore of Base Ventures and Peter Barth of the Iron Yard. The quintet joins the previously announced group of Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital, Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Ventures, Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Kevin Colleran of General Catalyst and Vic Gatto from Nashville’s Jumpstart Foundry.
For more info — including on some of the mentors who will guide the 10 startups pitching at Southland next month — head to southlandse.com.
Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily have invited four early-stage Nashville companies to exhibit at the Southland conference they will host June 9-11 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. The start-ups are part of a group of about 40 chosen by a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and technology writers from across the country.
The locals are:
• Artiphon, which is marketing a multifaceted electronic instrument that hooks up with an iPhone
• Everly, a social enterprise that is marketing three all-natural drink mixes
• InvisionHeart, a mobile hardware and software system that lets cardiologists access electrocardiogram information from their smartphones or tablets
• Project10K, the entity behind populr.me, the system that lets people produce published one-pagers, or POPs
Another 10 Tennessee companies also will pitch the judges. They are:
Iron Gaming, Chattanooga
Vendor Registry, Knoxville
And here are the companies from outside the Volunteer State also invited to present:
ArchiveSocial, Durham, N.C.
ARGIL, San Jose, Calif.
Bioscape Digital, Atlanta
Broadly, San Francisco
CareLuLu, Washington, D.C.
Clean Hands Safe Hands, Atlanta
Emanate Wireless, Hudson, Ohio
Feetz, San Diego
Fluencia, Arlington, Va.
Kinvolved, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Life Patch, West Palm Beach, Fla.
MetaCart, San Francisco
Predikto Analytics, Atlanta
Sanitation Creations, Raleigh, N.C.
Shade, New York City
Sr. Pago, Delegación Álavaro Obregón, Mexico
Travefy, Lincoln, Neb.
Vault Stem Cell, Atlanta
Waygo, Mountain View, Calif.
WebTeam Corp., Somerset, N.J.
Jumpstart Foundry announced today a new collaboration with Vanderbilt's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization to boost Vanderbilt-based proposals into the Foundry's annual business accelerator.
Through the partnership, Jumpstart and CTTC will identify and evaluate select proposals from Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students, and CTTC will nominate select proposals for placement in Jumpstart's top 30 applicant pool. The accelerator will then rank the Vanderbilt group, and approximately the top dozen teams will be given an offer to participate in the business incubation program.
"This new engagement represents a dynamic extension of our growing relationship with Jumpstart Foundry that promises to create new and valuable opportunities for entrepreneurial-minded members of the Vanderbilt community," Alan Bentley, Vanderbilt's assistant vice chancellor of technology transfer and intellectual property protection, said in a release.
Vic Gatto, CEO of Jumpstart, said the accelerator is impressed with the potential at Vanderbilt. Last year the company selected Vanderbilt-based startup InvisionHeart, which was recently selected to pitch at Google Demo Day.
"The combination of Vanderbilt intellectual property and human talent with the Jumpstart Foundry curriculum and mentor network will create successful startups driving disrupting large industries and improving people's lives," Gatto said.
Hospital leader HCA has signed on as sponsor of the Entrepreneur Center. Beginning this quarter, the two organizations will look to beef up the four-year-old EC's health care programming. HCA last summer also backed the local launch of the Healthbox incubator based inside the EC.
"We are incredibly happy to have the opportunity to work with HCA as we help the startups of this city grow," said EC CEO Michael Burcham. "HCA is an incredible organization that epitomizes the potential successes of entrepreneurial growth in this city, and we appreciate their generous support."
Here is the press release from the organizations.
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