Weekly Refresh: NHL Partners With Biometric Data Startup CLEAR, and More

The Stanley Cup qualifiers and playoffs need new public-health protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by Anna Holmquist
Published on Aug. 01, 2020
Weekly Refresh: NHL Partners With Biometric Data Startup CLEAR, and More
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Upswing selected for new Google startup accelerator. Upswing’s app, designed to help non-traditional and diverse students graduate from college, earned its founders a slot in Google’s new accelerator, dedicated specifically to Black startup founders. [AustinInno]

Catalyst Games went national. The annual team-building event — at which teams from different startups play competitive games and raise money for charity — has gone by The Startup Games for the past decade. Its new name is part of a larger rebrand, which involves a new national focus and an even deeper commitment to philanthropy. [Built In Austin]

Spyderbat raised $4.2M. The cybersecurity startup helps risk analysts and chief information security officers identify security breaches. LiveOak Venture Partners and Benhamou Global Ventures led the seed round. [Built In Austin]

Carolyn Betts moved tech recruiting business to Austin. Betts Recruiting Inc. originally launched in San Francisco around the end of the last recession. The recent move was a cost-saving measure, meant to help the business weather the pandemic. [Austin Business Journal]

CLEAR partnered with NHL. The biometric identity platform will help the National Hockey League keep people healthy during the Stanley Cup playoffs and qualifiers. CLEAR’s Health Pass, a touchless product, links digital identity information with health data like real-time temperature. [Press Release]

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