See why these local employers support Innovate Birmingham on Give Day, July 26th

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Innovate Birmingham has touched the lives of hundreds of Central Alabama residents—just like these alumni. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

At the turn of the 20th century, Birmingham rapidly transformed from a small collection of farmland into the economic engine of Alabama—garnering the name “The Magic City.” Although Birmingham’s steel-making days are behind her, one local non-profit is leading the city’s economic renaissance by educating tech talent and encouraging new businesses to plant their roots in Birmingham.

Monday, July 26th, is your opportunity to invest in the future of The Magic City by making a donation on Innovate Birmingham Give Day. Keep reading to find out how you can make a difference.

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Two Birmingham area businesses begin an innovative partnership

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Blox and Encompass Health employees cut the ribbon to begin their new partnership! Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.
Blox and Encompass Health employees cut the ribbon to begin their new partnership! Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.

Two Birmingham area companies, Encompass Health and BLOX, are embarking on an exciting new partnership. The businesses are working together to build higher quality and more cost-efficient hospitals. We visited Blox’s manufacturing facility in Bessemer to learn more.

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Meet the two startups who won a combined $75K at Alabama Launchpad’s Virtual Finale

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Zac Young, President and Founder of Vulcan Line Tools holding his Wave Timer. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

This week, 10 promising Alabama startups pitched their businesses for a chance to win a total of $75k in funding ($50k for seed stage and $25k for concept stage) at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 1 Virtual Finale. We were able to speak with the two winners, Vulcan Line Tools and Vendrix, to learn what it takes to come out on top.

Think your startup has what it takes? Learn more about Alabama Launchpad and apply to Cycle 2!

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Kickstart your career with these 3 tech training programs

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Innovate Birmingham teaches its students valuable skills to fulfill the demand for tech talent here in Birmingham. Photo via Innovate Birmingham

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the skills, certifications and more needed to excel in today’s digital economy. Luckily, Innovate Birmingham is teaming up with several of the biggest names in tech to offer incredible programs to The Magic City this summer—and we’ve got all the details.

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AL. Legislature OKs wine shipment bill, while Bham welcomes new wine app startup

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GreenWise has 1700 bottles of wine in their expanded wine and craft beer department. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Wine connoisseurs are celebrating the passage in the Alabama Legislature of a wine shipment bill. Meanwhile in Birmingham, an innovative startup that has developed a new wine app announced its intentions to locate in the Magic City.  

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Learn how to make your own shoes with The Shoe School at Hardware Park

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The Shoe School at Hardware Park will be arriving in Birmingham soon. Photo via Hardware Park

Birmingham’s Hardware Park is getting a new tenant—a training facility for fashion and design students called The Shoe School at Hardware Park. Keep reading to learn more about Birmingham’s newest design business that will have you walking a mile in shoes you made yourself.

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What to buy with cryptocurrency in Birmingham, including tickets to Euphonious

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Looking for a way to spend your cryptocurrencies in Birmingham? Here are a few places you can. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Whether you have Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or even Dogecoin, spending cryptocurrencies is just as important as having them in the first place. We rounded up several local spots where you can spend your favorite crypto here in Birmingham.

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Birmingham’s new dating app will set you up with your next first date

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Find your next date with Set Me Up. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Finding your next date is hard enough, and current dating apps with their constant stream of pointless conversations don’t make it any easier. Now, the Birmingham-based app Set Me Up is changing the dating game and making first dates fun.

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Meet the 5 early seed-stage startups competing in Alabama Launchpad on May 13

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Austin Senseman, CEO of Conserv, pitches at an Alabama Launchpad Virtual Finale. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

Last week, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama announced the finalists for its upcoming Alabama Launchpad Finale event on May 13th. With tens of thousands of dollars in early-stage seed funding up for grabs, these finalists will take to the stage to pitch their business to a panel of expert judges from across Alabama. We spoke with 5 competing finalists to learn more.

Alabama Launchpad will air the Seed-Stage Virtual Finale on May 13th, so follow Alabama Launchpad on social media to stay up-to-date with all the details.

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Birmingham’s Simpeo and GoodJob are transforming the hiring process

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Get ready to revolutionize the hiring process with Simpeo On Demand Talent, powered by GoodJob. Photo via GoodJob

Two local startups, Simpeo and Goodjob, have partnered to provide small businesses the ideal PEO (Professional Employer Organization) experience. See how the new Simpeo On Demand Talent, powered by GoodJob will optimize your next talent search.

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How Managed IT Services from Clear Winds Technologies will make your business a success

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Clear Winds Technologies. Photo via Bham Now

Wish you could snap your fingers and have all your tech needs taken care of? Believe me when I say it’s possible. Learn how Managed IT Services from Clear Winds Technologies can make that wish a reality.

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Innovate Birmingham is transforming the local tech scene. Here’s how to get involved.

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Karma Tolliver, a current Data Analytics Participant at Innovate Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Each year, Innovate Birmingham helps meet the demand of a growing regional IT workforce by offering tech bootcamps, professional development training, and supportive services to local talent. The program changes the lives of students, alumni and employers alike—but don’t take our word for it. We spoke with several members of Innovate Birmingham to learn more.

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3 reasons why your small biz needs to know about Taylor Sales & Services

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In need of some soft serve equipment for your small business? Photo via Bham Now

Wish you could zap COVID-19 away? In need of a soft serve ice cream machine? Find out what these two things have to do with each other and why your small business needs to know about Taylor Sales & Services.

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