Birmingham researchers lead the way in COVID-19 vaccine development

2020 is the year of the epidemiologist. Photo via @nci on Unsplash

If you’re spending much time online these days, you’re probably seeing a whole flood of information about potential COVID-19 vaccines. Southern Research is helping lead the way from right here in Birmingham, and they’re getting closer every day. Here’s what you need to know.

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Birmingham-based company Fleetio raises $21 million in funding

Fleetio in Downtown Birmingham. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you haven’t heard of Fleetio, you should probably get to know them. This Birmingham-based company is growing fast and was able to raise $21 million in a Series B round. Keep reading to learn more about this company to keep on your radar.

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U.S. Steel’s Fairfield Works launches new, advanced electric arc furnace facility

A worker standing near a steelmaking furnace. Photo via Kateryna Babaieva for Pexels

On October 20th, U.S. Steel in Fairfield commenced its first successful test of the new Electric Arc Furnace (EAF). But what is an EAF, and what does it mean for U.S. Steel in Fairfield? Here’s what we know.

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Overwhelmed with social media? Meet this Birmingham based movement helping you unplug

Meet the teen-led movement making social media habits healthier. Photo via Unsplash

Have you seen Netflix’s documentary The Social Dilemma? It’s an eye-opening take on tech and social media. If you were as shook as I was, let me introduce you to the local, teen-led social media movement called the “Log Off Movement”. Put them on your radar because in this day and age where we use social media around the clock, it’s important to have a healthy relationship with your phone. We talked with some of the Log Off Movement team to learn more.

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Stop the spread of COVID-19 from your phone? Yep, there’s an app for that

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We caught up with one of the first GuideSafe™ users to learn how it all works. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. Developed by UAB experts in partnership with the Alabama Department of Health and available for iPhone and Android devices, the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is a simple way you can help fight COVID-19 in Alabama.

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Innovation Depot and Birmingham Promise to anchor redeveloped Ensley Ramsay-McCormack Building

Ramsay-McCormack Building in Ensley, October 4, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Dormant for three decades, plans to redevelop the historic Ramsay-McCormack Building in downtown Ensley and the surrounding business district and neighborhood are becoming a reality.

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Meet 10 startups in the inaugural 2020 Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator

Don’t think of this as sitting in a rigid classroom staring at a whiteboard. The accelerator is intensive, but it’s also fun and collaborative. Photo courtesy of Alabama Power.

When it comes to startups, technology, innovation and new ideas, Birmingham has been setting the standard as of late. Birmingham’s startup community is on the rise, and Techstars is part of that boom. Today, the global organization announced its inaugural class of participating startups in the 2020 Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator—let’s learn more!

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Are you a minority or woman business owner? Apply by Sept. 11 for the new Bronze Valley Accelerator

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Haley Medved Kendrick, Director, Bronze Valley Accelerator
Haley Medved Kendrick is the new director of Bronze Valley Accelerator. Photo via Haley Medved Kendrick

You’ve got a business and you want to grow it. You’re a woman, a person of color, an HBCU grad, LGBTQ+ and/or someone with a disability. Or maybe you’re an established entrepreneur who wants to help mentor these folks. Either way, you need to know about the Bronze Valley Accelerator. We talked to Haley Medved Kendrick, the new director, to find out more. Apply now before the September 11th deadline.

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A look into Birmingham’s game developer community: key players, projects + how to get involved

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the screen of your game? These Birmingham developers could probably tell you. Photo via Unsplash

You know Birmingham’s food scene, and tech scene, and bar scene. One group you may not know? Game developers. These innovative individuals are pushing our Magic City forward in more ways than one. I caught up with six of them to get a look behind the screen—here’s what I learned, plus how you can get involved.

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Gamer meetups, open jobs + upgraded coworking space in Birmingham

What a view to start your week. 😍 Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

We’re pulling the toolbox off of our dusty garage self and doling out a shiny set of instruments to help you become a Birmingham business mogul. Tighten the wrench on that resume and hammer down on your career goals—we’ve got the jobs, news and events that’ll build out your week. 

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Birmingham tech firm Help Lightning lands $8M in funding + feature in Forbes

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Help Lightning provides expert assistant to customers through merged reality. Photo via Help Lightning’s Facebook page

It’s not often a business booms during a pandemic, but Birmingham-based Help Lightning sure is. The Forbes-featured tech firm just secured $8M in Series A funding—here’s a look at what this company is all about and how they’re striving during COVID-19.

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Dansby Foods, AMD + more join impressive list of tenants in the completed Iron Age Building

Exterior of the Iron Age Building. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Iron Age Building’s list of creative and innovative tenants just keeps growing. The latest additions include a 14-year NFL veteran, a creative marketing agency, and a healthcare firm. Find out more about the full list of tenants, plus get an inside look and the complete renovation of the historic Downtown Birmingham building.

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