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There is a lot to say about the environment/ecosystem the Magic City inherently promotes for startups – One that is inviting, supportive, and full of great networking opportunities.
These college students, from Birmingham Southern College, have certainly found that in Birmingham by helping others find their match, in a sort of different way.
Magic City Match
Building a startup is about proper execution, and within that finding the perfect location/market for your product or service.
With the growing population of millennials, especially young millennials graduating college in Birmingham, Magic City Match saw the need for a location specific dating site.
How it Works
“We have created a service to connect college students from BSC, Samford, and UAB campuses from a different perspective whether it’s solely for friendship or dating opportunities.
All customers must first be verified with a college student email address.”
– Caroline Grace Irby, Co-founder & Senior Business Admin. Student at BSC
The Founders – Seniors at BSC
- Caroline Grace
“There is an un-reached college market that have negative connotations and do not want to engage in the activities of Tinder or Bumble.We decided to start in Birmingham because there are around 16,000 college students and we believe we can build our database faster with our numerous peer connections at the local schools.”– Caroline Grace Irby
As part of their Senior Project, within the schools entrepreneurship program this past semester, the team developed a feasible business model and plan.
Directed by Jennifer Skjellum of TechBirmingham, TechAlabama, the McCain Executive-in-Residence in Entrepreneurship at BSC.
With this type of guidance, one that is quite immersed in the Birmingham tech. startup ecosystem, as well as help from other campus professors, the students had some of the best B’ham expertise around for starting a business.