Startup Roundup: Meet 3 local startups accomplishing big things in Birmingham

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(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

It’s time to round up and cheer on some local Alabama startups! Keep reading to learn about Idyllo, OpenVia and Monthly. Plus, find out which company is hiring and how to get a head start on YOUR startup business.

1. Idyllo

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Jess Manjo, founder and CEO of Idyllo. (Alabama News Center)

Idyllo is an upcoming startup in Birmingham specializing in personalized home improvement. Via their user-friendly app, you can search for local contractors that meet your specific needs and request or book their services. Maybe you are one of the people whose pipes froze this winter and are looking for an installation company that uses sustainable materials. In the app, you can search, request and book any projects you may face.

Idyllo is currently hiring and looking for talented individuals in social media, customer success and user interface to join their team. Click here for job descriptions and to apply.

2. OpenVia

OpenVia, which was founded in The Magic City, is an access control platform that gives residents, visitors and delivery drivers access to properties through their smartphones. The company works with existing access control or gate systems without any additional hardware. OpenVia is perfect for those who rent out on Airbnb or VRBO, people who have a private gate and order a few too many packages on Amazon and homeowners who are looking for extra security.

Patrick Campbell, CEO has recently raised $1M in funding and believes that Birmingham has a vibrant startup environment.

“Birmingham is a great place to start, but it can tough to be a seed-stage business that’s still figuring out every detail of the business. We were lucky to be able to attract investors from across the country. We’re already working on a few new products that are based upon our core technology that should be really attractive to a wide range of properties.”

Patrick Campbell, CEO, OpenVia

3. Monthly

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Aiko Pickering with her $25K check from Alabama Launchpad Social Impact Competition. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Monthly is a menstrual underwear brand that is gender-inclusive, sustainable and price-accessible. One thing that stands out about the startup is that it donates a percentage of its profits to charities that help provide period supplies to those in poverty.

Founder Aiko Pickering entered the Alabama Launchpad’s Social Impact Competition and won $25K this past December. During an interview with Bham Now, Aiko stated that being part of Alabama Launchpad helped her find the confidence to run a business.

Looking to pursue your own startup biz? Check out Alabama Launchpad and enter their first cycle of 2023. Applications are now open and due February 6.

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