EDPA announces 11 finalists competing for $75K at the Alabama Launchpad Finale, August 30


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Who will be the next Alabama startup to get an Alabama Launchpad check? (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

On Wednesday, June 15th, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) announced the 11 finalists that will be competing for a portion of $75K in seed funding at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 2 Finale on August 30 in Huntsville.

Keep reading to learn more about Alabama Launchpad and the participating startups.

About Alabama Launchpad

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Michael Burrow of SafeCopStops, a previous winner at Alabama Launchpad’s Reignite Alabama event. (Bruce Nix / Alabama Launchpad)

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Founded in 2006, Alabama Launchpad is a program of the EDPA, an organization dedicated to fostering economic growth and innovation in Alabama. Over the years, Alabama Launchpad has become the state’s most active early-stage seed fund investor. In fact, the program has invested $5.8M+ in 108 startups from around the state.

Last year, Alabama Launchpad further enhanced its program with the addition of Launch Advisors, hand-picked mentors with years of entrepreneurial experience. These Launch Advisors offer invaluable coaching to each Alabama Launchpad Finalist, so that each participant can leave with a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in business.

Now, let’s meet the 11 finalists competing for a grand total of $75K in Alabama Launchpad Cycle 2 Finale on August 30 in Huntsville!

Meet the 11 startups competing for $75K

Concept Stage Finalists — $25K

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Croux and judges. (Alabama Launchpad)

Concept Stage companies are generally pre-revenue, but are well on their way to turning their ideas into a reality.

Tuska Brew Solutions, Inc. (Bessemer) captures carbon dioxide from fermentation and other processes in breweries and similar industries that is normally released to atmosphere. Tuska Brew Solutions Inc. purifies it and recycles it back to the client. It also sells excess CO2 to other customers.

Ride Resorts (Birmingham) is a pay-to-ride mountain biking resort developer that partners with landowners—such as Red Mountain Park—to design and build world-class mountain bike experiences on the property.

Etch (Birmingham) helps learners to unlock their innate intelligence by integrating their education with its smart learning retention platform, empowering them to build a strong and permanent knowledge base for their future.

Nia Benefit Corporation (Birmingham) is the first full-service digital burn clinic in the United States that enables patients to get high-quality burn care, when they need it, at an affordable price.

SmartStall (Auburn) aims to complete the hands-free public restroom experience by developing smart stall latches, helping to reduce the spread of germs.

Storyline (Birmingham) offers a digital suite of mental health tools to enhance the overall experience of counselors, therapists and their patients.

Seed Stage Finalists — $50K

ClearMIND Founder and CEO, Liz Read was a past winner of Alabama Launchpad. (Bruce Nix / Alabama Launchpad)

Seed Stage companies are usually startups with some revenue, customer relationships, or a built-out product. They are still early-stage companies, but have a bit more validation than those in the concept stage.

Checkle (Huntsville) is an app-based platform that helps users find food, drinks and events nearby based on their current location.

BUZD (Birmingham) offers speedy and inexpensive delivery of alcohol and CBD products to Birmingham, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Irondale and portions of Hoover.

TaxxWiz (Birmingham) gives Tax Professionals (that make up over 58% of the market) the ability to be their own Turbo Tax Live. TaxxWiz is changing the average prep time from 60 minutes a return to 8 minutes.

City Detect Inc. (Tuscaloosa) aims to combat urban blight by using using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep-learning to analyze and identify the signs of blight, then passing that data on to municipalities, homeowners associations and real estate investment firms who can allocate resources accordingly.

BluTapp (Birmingham) is a wireless, App-Based EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) behavioral health company with new patented technology that allows easier access to EMDR therapy for groups or individuals via the Internet.

Learn more about these startups at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 2 Finale, August 30

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Susan Spencer of Seamly, a previous winner at Alabama Launchpad’s Reignite Alabama event. (Bruce Nix / Alabama Launchpad)

With 11 exciting Alabama companies and a total of $75K in funding on the line, the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 2 Finale is one event you don’t want to miss. The Cycle 2 2022 finale will take place in Huntsville, Alabama, on August 30.

Want to see this Finale event in person and network with the state’s brightest entrepreneurial minds? Be sure to follow Alabama Launchpad on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on the event details!

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