Meet 10 startups in the inaugural 2020 Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator

Don’t think of this as sitting in a rigid classroom staring at a whiteboard. The accelerator is intensive, but it’s also fun and collaborative. Photo courtesy of Alabama Power.

When it comes to startups, technology, innovation and new ideas, Birmingham has been setting the standard as of late. Birmingham’s startup community is on the rise, and Techstars is part of that boom. Today, the global organization announced its inaugural class of participating startups in the 2020 Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator—let’s learn more!

What is Techstars?

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Founded in 2006, Techstars is a seed accelerator from Boulder, Colorado. Back in October 2019, state business leaders, Alabama Power and Techstars joined forces and announced a new project—the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. Its objective? Attract startups from around the world right back here to Birmingham.

The Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator will focus on innovations in energy technology. They are supported by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) and the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Now, Techstars is ready to take the next step—and they just announced the first ten startups teams for the 2020 Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator.

Meet the Startup Talent at Techstars

 Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator
CEO of Instagift, Nate Schmidt, will be leading the Alabama Techstar program. Photo via Bham Now

Over the next 13 weeks, the chosen teams will be hard at work building Alabama’s next great tech startups. Throughout the accelerator, the participating startups will receive unmatched mentorship from startup founders, corporate and community leaders, and other leaders in the industry.

Ashipa Electric

Ashipa Electric is an energy company focused on developing power-generating assets and delivering reliable and resilient power to their clients. Specifically, Ashipa Electric aims to unlock the economic potential of cities across Africa by providing power to underserved communities.


EnergyHawk offers energy assessments, powered by satellite scans, to help their customers find the best worksite. Photo via EnergyHawk on Facebook

Using satellite imagery, EnergyHawk’s software scours for the largest and most energy intensive facilities in North America. Then, using industry specific PowerTrends, Rooftop AI, and automated analysis of each facility and local characteristics, EnergyHawk can provide an Energy Assessment for over 1,000,000 facilities. Finally, EnergyHawk’s customers can use the Energy Assessment tool to quickly identify a worksite that best fits their needs.

Project Canary

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Ever heard the old saying, “canary in a coal mine?” In old mining projects, miners would bring along a canary to use as an early warning sign against toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide. Well Project Canary is just like that—but on a much bigger scale.

Project Canary’s mission is to reduce the release of methane into the atmosphere. Using their own sensors, their goal is to continuously monitor thousands of remote sites and help energy companies reduce fugitive gas emissions.

Resillient Power

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  • Home Base: Atlanta, GA
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Resilient Power Systems started as a team working on ARPA-e projects for the U.S. Dept of Energy and is a leading provider of innovative energy solutions to electric utilities and their customers. Now, the team is addressing grid upgrades necessary for the transition to electric vehicles.


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Con.doit is electrical system mapping and circuit analysis software that walks you through the careful collection and analysis of electrical system data. With just an iPad or Android tablet and a bluetooth-connected infrared camera, Con.doit works with you, walking a technician or team of technicians through the collection of all of the relevant details of an electrical system, from beginning to end.

Sync Energy

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Sync Energy is developing AI-based predictive software that streamlines planning and operations for electrical utilities, especially during emergencies.


  • Home Base: Salt Lake City, UT
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Elektrik is developing an app to help users find cable part numbers, brands and accessories that fit the cable!

TruSpin Nanomaterial Innovation

  • Home Base: Birmingham, AL
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Nanofibers are a type of extremely thin fibers with a ton of uses. Since they are so lightweight, nanofibers are ideal for protective clothing, filtration systems, tissue engineering and more. 

While most nanofiber manufactures use a direct current (DC) electro-spinning method, TruSpin aims to be the first company to commercialize an electro-spinning method that uses alternating current (AC). Since AC is 1000 times faster than DC, TruSpin’s method will revolutionize the nanofiber electro-spinning industry.

ShipeShape AI

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ShipShape partners with first-class service providers and industry leaders to offer homeowners access to the very best home maintenance solutions. Think of it like a check engine light for your home—Shipshape sensor kits retrofit onto any mechanical home system and scan for irregularities, sending you a notification if anything is wrong.


Photo via Virimodo

⁣For busy city residents, pursuing a low carbon lifestyle can be tricky. Luckily, Virimodo offers a comprehensive clean energy subscription service to power households with renewable energy. Their data-driven platform finds the best energy suppliers, offers insightful energy analytics and checks utility bills for errors.

Which participating company are you excited to see thrive? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know!

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Nathan Watson
Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.
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