EDPA’s 2018 imerge on Thursday, July 12 features singer songwriter and entrepreneur Holly Williams

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Come out to Parkside and celebrate the future of innovation in Alabama at EDPA’s imerge event on July 12. But hurry, tickets are selling out fast! Mayor Randall Woodfin will kick off imerge by issuing a challenge to the Magic City and the state to keep innovation moving forward.

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Photo of Henrique Dubugras-Brex courtesy of EDPA
Building Through Innovation

This year’s event at the EDPA campus will feature 22-year- old Henrique Dubugras, who ​ started his first business at 16. Dubugras co-founded Brex, a San Francisco financial tech company that recently raised $57 million in venture capital and is redefining how corporate credit cards work for startups.

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imerge 2018, July 12, Gates open at 2:00 p.m. The event begins at 3:30 p.m., continuing till 11 p.m.
Location: Economic Development Partnership of AlabamaAddress: 1320 First Ave. South, Parkside
Tickets: $150 and here’s the link.

“We have a strong lineup, and we are particularly excited about the venue this year, which is in the heart of one of Alabama’s thriving innovation districts,” said EDPA President Steve Spencer. “If you’re an Alabama startup, an early stage investor or a venture capitalist, you’re going to want to hear more from Henrique Dubugras about Brex. We hope that anyone interested in networking, learning about building a successful business and celebrating the amazing innovation and entrepreneurship happening in Alabama will join us.”

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Networking at imerge during a previous Birmingham Innovation Week, via event.imerge.io/2018
Birmingham’s Rockstar Panel

Check out these three billion-dollar founders that will be on hand:

● Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt
● Shegun Otulana, founder and CEO of TheraNest
● Chad Trull, founder and CEO of Hospicelink

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The trio will speak on this topic: $1 Billion Reasons to Believe in Alabama

Each speaker will share their own story of how to build a billion-dollar business in Alabama. You’ll also hear from country music star Holly Williams, who will be performing and speaking. ​

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She Does It All

Holly Williams, an Americana singer-songwriter is the owner of H. Audrey, a nationally-acclaimed upscale boutique in her hometown of Nashville. The successful entrepreneur, artist and mom is the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr., the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and half-sister of Hank Williams III. She’ll talk about how she balances building her business with being a mom, and she’s going to perform!

Networking at imerge during a previous Birmingham Innovation Week, via event.imerge.io/2018.
A total of $150,000 will be awarded to winning startup presenters during imerge. Photo via event.imerge.io/2018
Pitch Competition: $150,000 and EDPA Innovation Awards

A $150,000 is up for grabs for the winning pitches in the seed and concept categories in the pitch competition. Alabama’s eight innovation award winners will be recognized including winners of the Lifetime Achievement in Innovation, the Outstanding Startup of the Year and the Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Seven people will also be recognized as imerging Young Leaders.

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Birmingham locals the Brummies will perform at the imerge event’s after party, and they’re also playing at Sloss Fest. EDPA will transform its campus with a pop-up atmosphere complete with air conditioning, a professional soundstage, food trucks, beverages and more! Gates open at 2 p.m., and the event begins at 3:30 p.m.

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