Alabama Launchpad funding fuels growth plans for tech startup MOXIE

by MADE IN ALABAMAJune 23, 2020

“It’s encouraging to see the development of innovative startups like Field Culture Compost and MOXIE in our state," said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

MOXIE IoT wins $100,000 in non-dilutive funding from EDPA's Alabama Launchpad.

by EDPA Alabama LaunchpadJune 16, 2020

Two startup companies won a combined $150,000 in nondilutive funding in Alabama Launchpad’s recent 2020 Cycle 2 competition held on June 11.  The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) held its Alabama Launchpad Finale online, streaming on Facebook Live and

MOXIE, a startup that produces end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for industrial companies, earned the $100,000 award in the seed stage. Led by CEO Ross Wesson, Moxie plans to use the funding to recruit expertise needed to fill roles critical to the company’s continued growth.

Former TicketBiscuit CEO joins IoT operation

by Birmingham Business JournalAPR 27, 2020

Former TicketBiscuit founder Jeff Gale will be joining a new technology project in Birmingham. 

Gale has joined Helium, a company building a peer-to-peer wireless network designed to connect devices to the internet. The company is backed by GV, formerly Google Ventures, Kholsa Ventures and Union Square Ventures and others. 

Gale plans to grow the “Internet of Things,” or IoT, community in the area. Internet of Things devices are typically small electronic devices that need an internet connection, such as tracking devices, or environmental sensors that measure temperature or humidity.

“Birmingham’s startup scene has been on fire for the last few years, and I’m hopeful that creating a ‘network within a network,’ through Helium, will create a whole new playing field for local entrepreneurs, right alongside biotech, fintech and other sectors where our startups are innovating,” Gale said. “A forecast from IDC projects the number of IoT devices to surpass 40 billion by 2025 — that’s five devices for every man, woman and child on earth.”

Several prominent names in the Birmingham startup community have volunteered to host the hardware powering the Helium network including Fleetio, Fast Slow Motion, Moxie, Conserv, Hardware Park and the new TechStars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. 


BIRMINGHAM, AL  |  March 31, 2020 – MOXIE IoT has built an App-dashboard that shows the vital data points from the sensors embedded in ventilators used to treat COVID-19 patients. The world is focused on making more ventilators, which is absolutely necessary. But what people are not focused on yet is the fact that it is very time intensive for a medical professional to monitor and record the various sensor levels for a patient on a ventilator.

Medical staff are having to don a mask, sanitize outside the patient door, sanitize inside the patient door, manually check the life-saving data points including Pressure (cmH2O), Flow-rate (mL/s) and Volume (mL) on patient’s ventilators. Then record that data, make sure it feels within normal ranges, or decide that you need to check back sooner than usual because of danger signs. Even with 500,000 more ventilators available in the US, the TIME COST to monitor this massive amount of data in a manual fashion is staggering. Not to mention the worst risk of all – every single time a medical professional enters an infected patient’s room, they are putting not only themselves in danger, but even worse their children, spouses, parents and grandparents are at increased risk as a result of these heroes’ daily work to save the lives of strangers.

There is a better way, and we don’t have to imagine it – we’ve built it. Using MOXIE’s secure, wireless Sensor-to-App monitoring technology, a caregiver can remain outside the patient’s room, and their MOXIE App will automatically pull in all data since the last visit, and allow danger thresholds to be customized for each datapoint, individualized to each patient, to trigger alerts for danger signs.

One caregiver can now do the work of 10, and do it better. That’s not a luxury for us today – it is a necessity. Most importantly – let’s not put those on the front-lines into unnecessary risk to themselves and their families. This would be a horrifying outcome, because it will be more cost-effective to adopt the safer, touch-less IoT solution. 

If this gets you excited about how technology can conquer COVID-19, we would love to work with you to bring this technology to your organization! Please send us an email at: hello[@]

MOXIE IoT is excited to announce we are a finalist in the Alabama Launchpad $100k seed round in Montgomery, AL on February 27th!

by AL.comFEB 18, 2020

Alabama Launchpad has announced six finalists for the final pitch competition Feb. 27 in Montgomery. A program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), the Launchpad final will take place at the Warehouse at Alley Station in Montgomery. For more information, click here. Alabama Launchpad has finalists in two stages of its competition: concept stage, for companies usually pre-revenue, and early seed stage, for companies looking to accelerate growth...

The companies in the early seed stage, which will be competing for $100,000, are:
...MOXIE, producing custom-designed Internet of Things solutions for clients within 30 days.

Five Birmingham companies are finalists in the first Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020. Six startups will be participating in the event, with three concept-stage companies battling for $50,000 and three early-seed-stage companies vying for $100,000. The event will be held on Feb. 27, in Montgomery...

The Seed Stage competitors are as follows...
MOXIE (Birmingham)-a company who produces custom-designed IOT solutions for clients within 30 days.

DEFT Startup Studio, MOXIE IoT: Alabama presence at top high-tech show includes inventions, recruiting push

by Made in AlabamaJan 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS – CES 2020, the world’s largest consumer technology event, is getting under way today, and Alabama companies are on hand to show off their forward-thinking products and technologies.

DEFT Dynamics Startup Studio will have a booth at CES that showcases several startups in the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and robotics fields that have sprung up in the company’s 5,000-square-foot Birmingham facility.

Key startups are DEFT DynamicsMoxieApex Pro and Tocaro Blue.

Ross Wesson, co-founder of DEFT Dynamics, said CES offers the studio’s startups an unrivaled platform to get their technologies in front of industry decision-makers and to get instant feedback. After last year’s event, DEFT’s robotics startup,, shifted its focus from consumer applications to industrial operations in physically hazardous environments. It’s now teaming with Birmingham’s Southern Research to develop smart robots for next-generation nuclear reactors under a Department of Energy grant.

At CES 2020, Wesson expects DEFT startup Moxie, which focuses on end-to-end IoT systems, to make waves. He says the venture benefits from the co-location of hardware and software teams, and access to unlimited industrial shop space for manufacturing and rapid prototyping, giving Moxie competitive advantages.

“Alabama’s workforce dynamics and the state’s dedication to economic development makes cities like Birmingham suddenly highly attractive locations for today’s new wave of technology companies — where hardware and software must be developed, prototyped, and even manufactured by teams working side by side under the same roof — something that could never be feasible in the ultra-expensive tech hubs like Silicon Valley and New York City,” Wesson said.

“At the end of the day, it’s just smart business. It’s why DEFT Dynamics and its member startups like Moxie are proud to state: ‘Built in Alabama. Trusted Globally,’” he added.

Innovation and Technology: Venture Studio DEFT Moves Into Internet of Things (IoT)

by Birmingham Business AllianceOCT 25th, 2019

“Deft has already had a tremendous impact on Birmingham’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and with the new venture, Moxie IoT, they arepoised to make an even bigger impact. Deft has the potential to help solve problems for some of the area’s largest companies right in their backyard and at a fraction of the price. Ross and Austin have created a dynamic operation that continues to produce some of the most exciting and innovative projects in the region.”

DEFT Dynamics’ Venture Studio has created MOXIE, an IoT platform producing industrial, healthcare and other products for funded startups.MOXIE says it can deliver a ready-to-use IoT system within 30 days of closing a deal.

New Startup MOXIE Aims at Internet-of-Things ("IoT") Market

by William ThorntonSep 27, 2019

The Birmingham startup that generates startups has a new one – targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) industry.

DEFT Dynamics’ Venture Studio has created MOXIE, an IoT platform producing industrial, healthcare and other products for funded startups.MOXIE says it can deliver a ready-to-use IoT system within 30 days of closing a deal.

New Startup MOXIE IoT is Launched by Birmingham's Fast-Growing "Venture Studio" DEFT Dynamics

by MOXIE IoTJan 24th, 2019

Latest BBA Investors Roundtable Focuses on Fundraising

by Birmingham Business AllianceJan 24th, 2019

... The panel delved into resources in Birmingham like the Alabama Capital Network, the Alabama Futures Fund and pitch competitions and trends of Birmingham investors. Multiple panelists stated they moved to Birmingham from various locations because of the myriad of resources offered here, including Wesson, who moved from New York City to start Deft Dynamics.

“We made that decision consciously,” Wesson said. “Birmingham is the perfect sized city. The cost of living and quality of life – selling that makes people relocate here.”

Entrepreneur Weekly - Interview at CES 2019

by Entrepreneur WeeklyJan 20th, 2019