Birmingham’s MotionMobs creates contact tracing app to slow spread of COVID-19

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Birmingham-based company MotionMobs. Photo via @motionmobs Instagram page

Birmingham-based company MotionMobs made headlines in the New York Times for the development of a new contact tracing app that could help slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out what the app’s all about, plus learn how universities like UAB will be using it.

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What does COVID-19 mean for Birmingham businesses? We asked, you answered.

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With the arrival of a global pandemic comes a new reality for citizens and businesses alike. We checked in with the community in and around Birmingham and asked how businesses were responding and being affected. Here’s what you had to say.

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5 Birmingham startups you never heard of that could make your life better NOW. 2 are hiring

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If only we all smiled at our screens while working. Photo via ProctorU

We’re continually inspired by the ingenuity of Birmingham’s startup scene. Meet five startups busily working behind the scenes to enhance lives and businesses here and across the globe right now. Bonus: two of them are hiring. 

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National trends show surge for certain business categories—and they’re here in Birmingham

Getting outside in a safe way is important right now! Photo via Cahaba Cycle on Facebook

The world around us has looked a lot different in recent weeks. COVID-19 has brought a lot of struggle and hurt, and the response from our Birmingham community has made us proud every step of the way. Nationally, some business categories have found themselves positioned for a surge. We wanted to celebrate a few local companies who fall into those categories—check them out!

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Start-up roundup: Birmingham tech companies name new leaders + more

Apple CEO Tim Cook helps launch ED Farm in Birmingham on February 27, 2020. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The world is like an iceberg at its tipping point, but at the waterline, you’ll find Birmingham tech companies setting motions in place that will not only have a positive impact on our city, but also nationally. As new leaders come into play, let’s see how they’ll shape Birmingham for the better.

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CEO of Instagift, Nate Schmidt, leads Birmingham Techstar program

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See that space behind Nate? It’s where he’ll be leading his Techstars team this spring. Photo via Bham Now.

Birmingham, are you ready to lead the way in technology innovation? Your startup could benefit big time from the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator and there’s no one better to lead the way. Applications are open now until April 5.

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From Silicon Valley to Birmingham. Alabama Futures Fund brings new businesses to the Magic City

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Founder Peter Vogt has started building his Birmingham team with local talent. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Prepaid2Cash is a Silicon Valley startup that made it onto our radar last summer following an investment from the Alabama Futures Fund (AFF). Since then, the AFF has stayed busy—keep reading to check out their four most recent ventures.

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Birmingham demands data analysts–here’s how Innovate Birmingham is filling the gap

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Haley Kendrick, director of Innovate Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Innovate Birmingham

Whether it’s sales figures, market research, logistics or more, every business is increasingly driven by data and analytics. However, that data is only valuable when an analyst deciphers it into plain English.

As demand for data analysts grows, Innovate Birmingham is dedicated to fostering tech talent right here in Birmingham. See how you could start a career in data analytics with a big pay bump!

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Spotlight on 7 innovations in Birmingham, AL’s startup scene, including Black Girl Ventures

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(l-r) Carmen Mays, Zhaundra Jones, BGV founder Shelly Bell, Alycia Levels-Moore, Amber Curry and Jaclynn Maxwell Hudson. Photo courtesy of Black Girl Ventures Birmingham Chapter

While the rest of us were getting through the holidays and the first month of the new decade, Birmingham’s startup scene was buzzing. Find out why these seven startup initiatives are in the news. 

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Parkside is buzzing—check out the latest updates, including a new Birmingham startup

Craft beer, delicious food trucks, cool startups, great outdoor space—a Birminghamian’s dream if I’ve ever seen it. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Parkside has been on the up-and-up for a while now. Just take a drive through the area and you’ll see cranes, construction and growth on every corner. Catch up on the latest happenings. PLUS check out Birmingham’s latest tech startup, launching from Parkside.

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“A destination for innovation.” The Switch is coming to downtown Birmingham

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The pink grid is the area now classified as “The Switch.” Map courtesy of REV Birmingham

Downtown Birmingham just. keeps. going. Big plans have been getting announced left and right, and we are loving in energy in our Magic City. A new brand for Birmingham’s innovation district was just unveiled, and we’ve got all the details.

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Women in tech—Birmingham’s Ellen Thompson won’t be “counted out”

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Although there are more and more women working in tech every day, it’s still a predominantly male field. Ellen Thompson was the first Birmingham hire for a Prepaid2Cash, a tech startup that received funding from the Alabama Futures Fund.

Read on to find out what it’s like being a female tech professional in Birmingham!

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