6AM Today to double size, featured as top tech startup.

The Tech Tribune recognized four Greenville companies in its lineup of 2021 Best Tech Startups in South Carolina with telehealth titan Chartspan and data service provider Green Cloud Defense seizing the first and second respective spots but with close competition from two rising Upstate stars.

Katana Safety and 6 AM City, both founded in 2016, were the newest Upstate additions to the top 10 list after the latter company announced its expansion plan to double its size by reaching into more than a dozen new markets.

Katana Safety uses a siren and panic button attached to a phone that notifies the company's emergency response center and the user's friends or family to help prevent sexual assault and other emergencies.

6AM City, started by Greenvillians Ryan Johnston and Ryan Heafy, serves as a local news aggregate and platform for the Greenville area under the name GVLToday, as well as the Columbia; Charleston; Asheville; Raleigh, N.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn; Lakeland, Fla.; and the newest addition Nashville, Tenn.

According to Monday's GVLToday report, Richmond, Va., is the newest market on the startup's May horizon among around a dozen others set to launch this year. Michael Mazzara...

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