Today, February 8th, Innovation Depot announced the inaugural cohort for the new Voltage tech incubator program, which begins on February 9th. Want to learn more about the 11 participating entrepreneurs? We’ve got the inside scoop.
What is Voltage?
Lately, we’ve seen a number of new tech incubators in The Magic City—such as the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator and the Bronze Valley Accelerator. Now, Innovation Depot is launching their own home-grown incubator here in Birmingham: Voltage.
Voltage is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs bring their idea to life. Over Voltage’s nine-week program, participants will transform their tech-related idea into a prototype with the expertise and advice of Voltage staff. During the program, Voltage will help these entrepreneurs determine if their idea is viable enough to proceed, or if they should go back to the drawing board.
“We are very excited about launching Voltage because we believe it fills a unique gap in Birmingham’s startup ecosystem. A lot of entrepreneurs in the area have great ideas, but they’re not quite sure if their idea is an opportunity. We are providing them with the space to ask questions, gain resources and learn the viability of their ideas before they go all in.”Kellie Clark, Director of Programs, Innovation Depot
Without further ado, let’s meet the members of Voltage’s inaugural cohort, as well as the problems they hope to create a solution for.
Meet the Inaugural Cohort
- Danielle Baskins
- Problem: The time and effort necessary to find and coordinate vendors for large scale events.
- Daniel Bolus
- Problem: Never knowing what to order for dinner.
- Milan Dekich
- Problem: Mainstreet businesses and local restaurants suffer the most during hard economic times.
- Rashad Grimes
- Problem: Needing safe, quick and simple task assistance for an affordable price.
- Terrance Ingram
- Problem: The lack of a specialized support system for children in under-resourced communities.
- Tyler Kuyrkendall
- Problem: The time and effort needed to coordinate with all parties for a new home purchase.
- Calinda Joy McCampbell
- Problem: The emotional and administrative labor of navigating the many phases of divorce.
- Reggie Murray
- Problem: The logistics of moving in and out of student housing.
- John Goode Price IV
- Problem: Wasting time running last minute errands while on vacation.
- Maria Underwood
- Problem: Channeling reactions to what you read in the news into positive action.
- Nathan Vosicky
- Problem: Finding an accessible and sustainable solution for high-quality childcare products that reduces waste and saves space