Flying Cars, the Future for SC Startups and Elon Musk: Q & A with SCRA CEO Bob Quinn
DIG SOUTH recently caught up with SCRA CEO Bob Quinn to get his take on the tech world and bring us up-to-speed on the current state of SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority). SCRA was founded in 1983 with the mission to propel South Carolina’s innovation economy by providing resources and services that accelerate the growth of SC-based startups.
With his bird’s eye view of South Carolina’s potential to become a major tech center in the midst of rapid growth, Quinn shared his thoughts on the world we live in, the impact tech has on it and his reaction to the possibility of landing in an elevator with tech mogul Elon Musk. Hint: it’s similar to meeting Steve Jobs.
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TECH IN THE SOUTH
NASHVILLE – Purpose-driven. Nashville startup Givful has been acquired by Charlotte-based isolved, a SaaS company for HR professionals. Founded in 2017, Givful’s platform organizes employee volunteering and fundraising opportunities. isolved’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer James Norwood said, the acquisition is part of the overall focus on purpose-driven work. Tech it out.
LOUISVILLE – Benefit verification. A Kentucky startup raised an $11.4 million Series A to address a major headache in the medical community: verifying patient benefits. eBlu is an electronic workflow solution that streamlines the prior authorization of expensive infusion-based specialty medications. Read more.
ATLANTA – New funding. From its Midtown headquarters, Atlanta-based Itential has seen how the hybrid and multi-cloud network space has evolved over the last year. The team just landed a $20 million Series B from Austin-based Elsewhere Partners. Itential says the funds will go towards accelerating its enterprise SaaS offerings. Tech it out.
DURHAM – Food tech. What happens after you check ‘become an organ donor’ at the DMV? However well-intentioned organ donors may be, the reality is that upwards of 54% of donated organs are discarded. For the team behind OmniLife, it’s a logistics problem. Learn how they’re solving that.
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