Press on TCA and Portfolio Companies in October 2019

Press Highlights (links provided in table below):

  • Tech Coast Angels: Tech Coast Angels Awards $75,000 to Winners of Quick Pitch Contest
  • Actuate Therapeutics: Raises $6.5 million; Pancreatic Cancer Drug 9-ING-41 (Alone and In Combination) Shows Early Promise in trials
  • Apeel Sciences:  Releases a Compelling Video Time Lapse Of Produce With And Without Apeel; Gates-Backed Foodtech Company Launches In Kroger Stores; Sage Fruit offers organic apples with Apeel coating
  • Bitvore: Announces Company Sentiment Scoring to Identify Emerging Opportunity and Risk
  • Cognition Therapeutics: To Present Findings from the Elayta™ Clinical Development Program at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting for Alzheimer’s
  • Connected Signals: Raises $1 Million
  • Curvafix: FDA Clears Steerable Rodscrew for Pelvic Repair
  • CytomX Therapeutics: Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Clinical Trial Evaluating the Anti-PD-L1 Probody CX-072 in Combination with YERVOY® in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Melano; Hires New Chief Development Officer
  • Doctible: Announces Technology Integration with ClearGage Designed to Improve the Patient Payment Experience
  • EV Connect:  Secures $12 Million Series B to Scale Cloud-Based Innovations for Electric Vehicle Charging
  • FloWater: 24 Hour Fitness Brings Smart Hydration to a Portion of Its California Gyms With New-Tech FloWater Refill Stations
  • Glassbeam: Expands Relationship with Agiliti Imaging Leveraging Clinsights Application Suite
  • GoShare: Bringing Uber-type App For Trucks To Delaware
  • Green Dot: Walmart and Green Dot to Jointly Establish A New Fintech Accelerator, Tailfin Labs
  • GroGuru: Selected as a Finalist for Connect’s 2019 Most Innovative New Product Awards
  • Grolltex: Using Graphene-Based Sensors as a Platform for Technology
  • Interplay Learning:  Wins 2020 AHR Expo Award in Software Category iPourit: Self-Pour Beverage Dispense Technology Increases Profits in the Fast-Casual Market
  • iPourIt: Releases Second Annual Report of the Nation’s Top Beers and Wines Poured Through Its Self-Pour Beverage Dispense Technology; Announces new locations
  • Kangarootime: Raises $3.5 Million Sereis A to Expand Early Childhood Education Platform
  • Lareda Sciences: Lice Clinics of America® Launches ‘Schools Without Lice” National Educator Partnership in Florida
  • LeaseLock: Multifamily Industry Leader Lynn Owen Joins LeaseLock Advisory Board
  • MINDBODY: Groupon Expands MINDBODY Partnership—Connecting Users with Thousands More Bookable Fitness, Beauty and Wellness Experiences in Their Local Neighborhoods; Expands With Acquisition Of Indian Software Consulting Firm
  • Mission Bio: Awarded $2M NCI SBIR Grant to Measure Minimal Residual Disease Related to Cancer Relapse with Single Cell Genomics
  • mSIGNIA: Signifyd’s Seamless SCA Receives Certification From EMVCo, Marking a Major Milestone for European E-Commerce Businesses – First with Complete Merchant Payment Solution Certified Compliant for EMV® 3DS version 2.2
  • Neural Analytics: Plans Human Study of Stroke Assessment Robot
  • Nocimed:   Moving Forward on Back Pain
  • Parcel Pending: Helps Retailers Prepare for 2019 Holiday Shopping Season with an In-Depth Look at Generational Shopping Behaviors; Parcel Pending’s Buy Online, Pick-Up in Locker™ Solutions Set to Help Retailers Boost Revenue During 2019 Holiday Season
  • Portfolium: Instructure Combines the Power of Portfolium and Canvas; How ‘Showing Your Work’ Is The New Résumé
  • Procore Technologies: Introduces Product Advancements at Groundbreak 2019 to Connect Everyone in Construction on a Global Platform;  SMARTPM™ Technologies Announces Partnership With Procore; Beck Technology and Procore Collaborating on Integrated Preconstruction and Data Management Solution; EarthCam Expands Procore Partnership with New Broadway Media Player Embedded App;
  • ResortPass: Staycation Company Profiled in TravelPulse
  • Salarius Pharmaceuticals: Raises nearly $11M investment from Chicago group; Adds Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as Clinical Sites for Phase 1/2 Trial of Seclidemstat in Ewing Sarcoma; To Present at Two Upcoming Investor Conferences
  • Savara: Savara Shares Slide 48% Premarket After FDA Rejects Lung-Disease Treatment Molgradex
  • The Bouqs Company: Picked by Forbes for “Best Subscription Boxes To Give As Gifts”
  • Totsquad: Stroller Cleanings Through Tot Squad Rolled Out In A New Nordstrom Store
  • Trust & Will: New York Times Covers in “A Will Without Ink and Paper”
  • Youmail: Continues To Be Cited As The Leading Source For Tracking Robocalls, Fueling Pushes For Legislation

See below for links to articles on Tech Coast Angels, angel investing in general, and TCA’s portfolio companies (with links) from October 2019: 

Tech Coast Angels in the Press

Date Company Headline Outlet
10/2/19 Tech Coast Angels These 10 startups will compete in San Diego’s biggest annual pitch event Pacific San Diego
10/9/19 Tech Coast Angels Investors pump $300 million this year into emerging Dallas-Fort Worth companies  Dallas Morning News
10/14/19 Tech Coast Angels Startup Businesses Need San Diego’s Support Patch
10/18/19 Tech Coast Angels Follow the Money: Actuate Raises $3.9M Dallas Innovates
10/21/19 Tech Coast Angels Entrepreneurs and Their Startup Businesses Need San Diego’s Support Times of San Diego
10/30/19 Tech Coast Angels Irvine tech startup cleans up at San Diego’s QuickPitch competition San Diego Union-Tribune
10/30/19 Tech Coast Angels Kangarootime Raises $3.5M In Series A Funding FinSMEs
10/31/19 Tech Coast Angels Edtech startup Kangarootime secures $3.5M to expand its early childhood education platform Tech Startups

Articles on Angel Investing

Date Company Headline Outlet
10/7/19 Angel Investing The Q3 2019 Global Venture Capital Report: Seed Stage Deals Increase While Broader Funding Environment Shows Signs Of Erosion Crunchbase
10/10/19 Angel Investing Venture-Capital Market Slows as Investors Grow Wary of IPOs Barron’s
10/10/19 Angel Investing Are We Entering A New Age Of Venture Capital?
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Press on TCA and Portfolio Companies in September 2019

Press Highlights (links provided in table below):

  • Tech Coast Angels: Tech Coast Angels Names Quick Pitch Finalists for October 29th Event – Top 3 Winners Get Combined $75,000
  • Amplyx Pharmaceuticals: Announces Positive Preliminary Data from Ongoing Fosmanogepix Phase 2 Study in Candidemia and Granted Fast Track Designation for Seven Indications; Executes Exclusive Worldwide License Agreement With Novartis
  • Anabios: FDA Awards AnaBios Grant to Further Develop Preclinical Assay Using Human Primary Cardiomyocytes
  • Apeel Sciences:  Gates-Backed Foodtech Company Launches In Kroger Stores; British Supermarket Asda Trialing Apeel’s Plant-Derived, Shelf-Life-Boosting Coating On Fresh Produce In A Bid To Reduce Waste
  • Aquacycl: Raises $4M To More Efficiently Treat Wastewater
  • Carterra: Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim and Others to Present Use of Carterra’s Next Generation Antibody Screening Technology at Symposia Across the US and Europe
  • Casestack: Picked by Arkansas Business As Among Best Places To Work
  • Curvafix: First Patient Treated with CurvaFix Rodscrew
  • DTX Pharma: Announces $12.5 Million Financing
  • EV Connect: Hires SaaS Industry Veteran as Chief Operating Officer
  • Fabric8Labs: Reinvents 3D-metal Printing With No Heat, No Laser, No Powder
  • FAMA Technologies: Customer Guardian Alliance Technologies Launches AI-Powered Social Media Screening Service for Law Enforcement
  • FloWater: FloWater Reaches 22-Million Mark in Number of Plastic Water Bottles Saved From Environment Nationwide at Xponential Fitness Studios With FloWater Refill Stations
  • Forge Therapeutics: As Threat of Antibiotic Resistance Mounts, CEO says Biotechs are Running Out of Cash and Time
  • Green Dot: Hagens Berman Reminds Green Dot Corporation (GDOT) Investors of Investigation of Possible Securities Fraud
  • GroGuru: Farming Tech Startup Raises $2.9 Million To Expand ‘Smart Irrigation’ Business
  • Grolltex: Largest Commercial Producer of Single Layer, ‘Electronics Grade’ Graphene Closes Oversubscribed Private Placement Financing Round
  • Healionics: Raises $4.5M to Fund First-In-Human Trial of STARgraft Vascular Graft
  • InfoBionic: New Technology Allows Direct Transmission of Remote Cardiac Monitoring Data
  • Interplay Learning: Expands Its Online Training and Education Courses to the Facility Management Industry
  • iPourit: Self-Pour Beverage Dispense Technology Increases Profits in the Fast-Casual Market
  • Lareda Sciences: Expands Lice Clinics in Manassas Northern Virginia Through Partnership 
  • LeaseLock: Launches Zero Deposit Insuring Over USD 100M In Leases
  • MINDBODY: Expands to India 
  • Mission Bio: Aims to Grow Single-Cell Genomics Market Share With CNV Analysis, Custom Panels 
  • Nocimed:  Announces First Commercial Clients for New Non-Invasive Spinal Pain Assessment Tool In North America and Europe
  • P2Binvestor: Cracking the Code on Fintech for Business 
  • Parcel Pending: Showcases BOPIL™ Retail Locker Solutions at Groceryshop 2019
  • Phytonix Corporation: Converting Waste Gas Into High Value Flavors And Fragrances 
  • Procore Technologies: Taps Goldman for IPO at $4 Billion-Plus Value; Expands Into Preconstruction to Connect All Phases of Construction on a Single Platform; Recognized by Talent Board As One Of Winners of 2019 North American Candidate Experience Awards
  • ResortPass: Staycation Company Profiled in TravelPulse
  • Salarius Pharmaceuticals: Obtains dose-escalation milestones for its Seclidemstat trial
  • Savara: To Present Comprehensive Data From Pivotal Phase 3 IMPALA Study at 2019 ERS
  • The Bouqs Company: Parents Hand Out Flowers To Strangers In Memory Of Daughter Who Died From Sepsis
  • Transcepta: Exhibiting at IOFM’s Fall 2019 AP & P2P Conference Turn Technologies: Helps the Gig Economy Better Vet Their Workers
  • WeGoLook: Expands in Latin America
  • Youmail: Continues To Be Cited As The Leading Source For Tracking Robocalls, Fueling Pushes For Legislation

See below for links to articles on Tech Coast Angels, angel investing in general, and TCA’s portfolio companies (with links) from September 2019: 

Tech Coast Angels Press Releases

Date Company Headline Outlet

Tech Coast Angels in the Press

Date Company Headline Outlet
9/12/19 Tech Coast Angels Koa Accel Launches as New Type of Medical Device Accelerator, Embedding Expert, Invested Teams to Drive Innovations Forward, Faster, to Reduce Investor Risk Yahoo!
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