Meet the 7 exciting startups selected for Innovation Depot’s 2022 Velocity Accelerator program

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There are so many programs to check out at Innovation Depot. (Innovation Depot)

Living in the Birmingham area allows close access to hundreds of businesses, and the list is quickly growing for 2022. Innovation Depot, the heartbeat of Birmingham’s entrepreneurial community, has added an exciting new cohort to the Velocity Accelerator program for the year.

A year of progress in just 13 weeks

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Birmingham has so many new startups. (Innovation Depot)

The Velocity Accelerator program has accepted seven startup companies into its cohort. It’s designed to take a year’s worth of progress and complete it in just 13 weeks beginning January 24 and ending in late April.

“Each year, the Velocity Accelerator program is one of the driving forces behind Birmingham’s growing startup ecosystem. We look forward to providing each of these companies the capital, resources and mentorship they need to scale quickly and effectively.”

– Drew Honeycutt, Innovation Depot, CEO

How Innovation Depot helps entrepreneurs

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These seven companies are very diverse in industry. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

Each of these companies are unique and cover a wide range of sectors ranging from cryptocurrency to healthcare tech. Over 70 percent are already Birmingham based, and two of the company’s founders are returning, having graduated from Innovation Depot’s Voltage idea accelerator program in 2021.

“We’re extremely excited about the composition of this year’s cohort and the team of advisors we have slated to work with the 2022 Velocity companies. We’re also looking forward to fully implementing our partnership with GrowthX’s Market Acceleration Program and believe that our founders will have all the tools necessary to achieve a year’s work of progress in just 13 weeks.”

Kellie Clark, Innovation Depot, Director of Programs

In addition, Innovation Depot will invest $50,000 into each company from the Velocity Fund which is supported by Regions Bank, BBVA, Blue Cross Blue Shield/The Caring Foundation, UAB, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Encompass Health, EBSCO, Brasfield & Gorrie, McWane, Altec, Hoar Construction, Protective Life and Jefferson County. 

At the conclusion of the program, companies will be given the opportunity to pitch for additional grant funding.

Meet the faces behind the new cohort

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We are looking forward to seeing these companies flourish! (Innovation Depot)

Here’s a list of the companies and their mission according to a recent press release:

  • Cuddly Tails – A technology platform designed to help dog owners connect with trusted and verified dog-loving neighbors.
  • Datalus – A privacy-focused browser and data marketplace backed by a crypto token.
  • Fundrage – A chrome extension that follows along as you read the news and provides a quick and easy way to donate to relevant nonprofit organizations.
  • ListList – An app and content aggregator that enables users to explore, share and collaborate on information organized through lists.
  • Sportsy – A creator-driven training platform for all sports, partnering with trainers and empowering them with tools to create, deliver, and monetize best-in-class training experiences at scale.
  • Vizrom – An electronic whiteboard solution that can connect with hospitals’ electronic medical record systems to pull critical information for clinical staff.
  • Ziscuit – A grocery search engine that delivers instant savings to shoppers and high-value traffic to retailers.

About Innovation Depot

Innovation Depot is the epicenter for technology, startups and entrepreneurs in the Birmingham region. Operating various programs, it is the largest tech and entrepreneurial support organization in the Southeast United States. We love seeing the work they do within our city and are excited to see what these startups bring to the table.

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