Startup roundup: 5 Birmingham companies that could make your life better

Purilan launch at Hardware Park in Birmingham
Movers and makers at Hardware Park for the Purilan launch Nov. 20, 2019. Photo via Facebook

Anyone who’s been paying attention to Birmingham over the past few years knows that the city is fast becoming a hub of startup activity. Even Forbes weighed in, wondering whether Birmingham will be the next Silicon Valley (probably not) or Austin (possibly). To introduce you to some of the local startups worth watching, we’ve decided to start a regular startup roundup.

We hope you’ll join us and let us know about others you’re watching. For this first installment, we decided to focus on local companies that can make your life better. Keep reading for all the details.

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9 things to be thankful for in Birmingham

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Happy Thanksgiving, Birmingham! Whether you’re celebrating with a huge family gathered around a table, a group of friends you haven’t seen for a while, or just a quiet weekend in—taking a few moments to reflect on all you’re thankful for is an important part of the day.

There’s no shortage of things to be thankful for right here in the Magic City. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Alumni of Innovate Birmingham share how the program completely changed their lives. Learn how you could too.

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Panelists at Pathway to Careers in Tech. Photo via BhamNow

On Tuesday, November 12, Innovate Birmingham hosted their Pathways to Careers in Tech panel. The panel featured several successful alums of Innovate Birmingham programs. Thanks to organizations like Innovate Birmingham, The Magic City is rapidly turning into a new tech hot spot. Maybe even the next Silicon Valley? Read on to learn more.

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9 ways STREAM Innovations is igniting the imaginations of young people in Fairfield and beyond

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This is what a scientist looks like: Dr. Adrienne Sparks of STREAM Innovations at her desk at Forge. Photo via Bham Now

You can’t spend any time with Dr. Adrienne Starks without realizing she’s on a mission. Part of that mission is to help turn Birmingham’s young people on to the thrill of discovery. She’s doing that through STREAM Innovations, a nonprofit she founded in 2015 to bring science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math to students in her hometown of Fairfield and beyond.

Read on to find out how she’s making a difference here with STREAM and across the globe with a new ambassadorship.

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Encompass Health named a 2019 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune

We love a #GirlBoss here at Bham Now. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Encompass Health is a big name here in the Magic City. This Birmingham-based healthcare company has over 300 locations in 37 states! Formerly known as HealthSouth, Encompass Health has been headquartered in Birmingham, AL since 1982. Fortune recently named Encompass one of their”75 Best Large Workplaces for Women.” Find out why!

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Innovate Birmingham is offering scholarships to local college students. Learn how to apply

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Students hard at work. Photo via Innovate Birmingham

It’s a great time to be a college student in Birmingham, especially if you’re interested in technology. Enter Innovate Birmingham. Their mission is to connect up-and-coming local talent to numerous tech employers here in the Magic City. One way Innovate Birmingham does this is by offering scholarships to local college students. 

Students attending UAB, Lawson State Community College, or Jefferson State Community College and studying tech may be eligible. Apply for one of Innovate Birmingham’s scholarships today.

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Job Hunting? Check out 5 job fairs this fall in Birmingham, AL

Fall in Birmingham is full of beautiful leaves, scenery, and… job fairs! Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Whether you’re looking to land that first job, rejoin the workforce, or make your next career move, job fairs are a great way to meet employers and find local openings. Here are 5 job fairs that are coming this fall to Birmingham, AL.

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6 startups pitching for $150K at EDPA’s Alabama Launchpad finale. Attend imerge2019 August 28 to celebrate ‘Alabama’s next first’

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6 companies will pitch to win part of $150,000 Alabama Launchpad funding at imerge2019 on August 28. Photo via EDPA

The next generation of Alabama’s innovators will pitch to win part of $150,000 funding on offer from the EDPA at Cycle 3 of the Alabama Launchpad competition in Birmingham on Thursday, August 28. The finale forms part of imerge2019, a special event to celebrate Alabama’s past, present and future role in the space race.

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5 reasons to attend imerge2019 on August 28. Celebrate Alabama’s past, present, and future role in the space race

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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr, poses next to the US flag during the Apollo 11 mission (Photo via NASA)

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) will host its third annual imerge event on August 28, at Iron City, in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Earn while you learn: Innovate Birmingham to team up with Central Six AlabamaWorks for IT Apprenticeship Program. Apply by July 26!

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Innovate Birmingham and Central Six AlabamaWorks are joining forces to get Birmingham working—specifically in tech. This fall, Central Six AlabamaWorks will launch their approximately 17 month long Information Technology Apprenticeship Program. And with the help of Innovate Birmingham, they’re getting local tech talent in the field, earning while they learn and on their way to a career in software development.

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Electric scooters may be coming (back) to Birmingham, thanks to new legislation

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Bham Now team member Wade Cline scooting to his next meeting. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now.

If you were driving around Birmingham in 2018, you may have seen someone zipping around on an electric scooter. This novelty transportation method was available in Birmingham for a few months in 2018- until it wasn’t. Now, a new piece of legislation might have these scooters zipping back to Birmingham.

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We went behind the scenes of the new M2 development, the sequel to MAKEbhm

Carruthers and Lanier are a powerhouse team- their combined experience in architecture and real estate yields great odds for success for this new development. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Some big names in Birmingham business and development have teamed up on a new project. Tom Carruthers, President of Red Rock Realty and Bruce Lanier, Founder and Owner of MAKEbhm have joined with Grant Brigham, Partner at ARC Realty. They’re bringing a new development to 3501 1st Ave South (formerly Old Car Heaven) later this year, and we’ve got all the details.

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The Uber of property maintenance: How Birmingham startup Maestro is disrupting the industry through technology

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Jason Clotfelter, Karen Osburn and Kyle McKinley of Maestro. Photo courtesy of Maestro Maintenance Management

You’ve probably seen the work of Birmingham real estate developer Orchestra Partners across town (The Essential, anyone?). But did you know they incubated a startup that’s changing the game for property management?  Read on to get the scoop.

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Tech company to relocate from California to Birmingham – CEO is “blown away” by the city

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Ever left a holiday party with a gift card you knew you would never use? Or maybe you have a stack of gift cards to Starbucks that could buy 100 lattes, but you really wish you could use that money to buy groceries for the month. Prepaid2Cash is a tech company in California that offers users a solution. They’re relocating to Birmingham, and we’ve got the scoop.

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