Cahaba Heights couple launches local produce delivery service April 6

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Will and Hayley DeShazo. Photo by Brittany Sturdivant of Love Be Photography

Do you like to sleep in on Saturdays, but don’t want to miss the farmers market? Will and Hayley DeShazo, a husband-and-wife team from Cahaba Heights, have created a solution, till. till is an online marketplace and delivery service for produce, meats and baked goods from Alabama farmers.

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Out of this world: 3D learning at the new UAB Virtual Reality Studio

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UAB electrical and computer engineering student Praise Daramola explores virtual reality via a VIVE PRO headset. Screenshot via UAB News

Peer into a beating heart, or fly across the world. Then meet moon man Buzz Aldrin in hologram form. You don’t even have to leave Birmingham—you just have to be a student, faculty or staff member at UAB. Take a look at the new UAB Virtual Reality Studio in Lister Hill Library.

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Local tech: I tried Mixtroz at a major Birmingham networking event. Here’s what happened.

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How do you master networking in a room this size? Bham Now put the Mixtroz app to the test. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Locally founded and minority owned, Mixtroz has sent waves rippling far beyond Birmingham. So naturally I’ve been eager to try the networking app in the wild. On March 21, I got the chance at the 2019 Momentum Leadership Breakfast.

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Reserve your seat today for the InnovateHER Panel Discussion happening March 26 at Forge

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Innovate Birmingham is celebrating Women’s History Month with the InnovateHER Panel Discussion on 3/26 at Forge. There will be six panelists, all women in tech, including Nicole Mubarak, Chairwoman of Birmingham Women in Tech and Britney Summerville, Vice President of Community Engagement at Shipt! Reserve your seat today, because spots are filling up. Oh, and it’s free!

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Birmingham-based Mixtroz to keynote at Google Atlanta’s International Women’s Day event March 14

Kerry Shrader and Ashlee Ammons of Mixtroz are headed to Atlanta for an International Women's Day event at Google.
Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons of Mixtroz. Photo from Mixtroz

It’s hard not to go all fangirl on Mixtroz’ Ashlee Ammons. She’s fun, smart, energetic and going places. And, she’s the millennial daughter of Baby Boomer biz partner Kerry Schrader. Together, they are the dynamic duo at the helm of Mixtroz.

In case you and Mixtroz (pronounced “mix-troes”) haven’t met yet, the name stands for “mixer+intros.” As in, you go to an event where you want to meet people—conference, wedding, school, whatever. Through the wonders of technology, they help hook you up with cool people.

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Alabama Launchpad competitors CerFlux and VentorLux win combined $150,000 in Selma

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Cycle 1 2019 Alabama Launchpad winners VentorLux and CerFlux with judges and audience members at Arts Revive in Selma. Photo by Bruce Nix

In front of a sold-out crowd in Selma on February 28, six Alabama startups made their best pitch. And the winner is (drumroll) our health. Check out what $100,000-winner VentorLux and $50,000-winner CerFlux, based in Birmingham, have in store for us.

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EDPA takes sold out Launchpad finale to Selma Thursday, February 28 in hopes to expand Alabama startup talent pool

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Startup finalists get the chance to win big investments for their companies (Image courtesy of Alabama Launchpad’s Facebook)

Innovators from around the state are heading to Selma Thursday, February 28 to find out which Alabama startups will get a piece of the $150,000 pie up for grabs at the next Alabama Launchpad Competition. Find out why the EDPA chose to host the competition in Selma and where it’s headed next.

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Grand River Technology Park coming to Birmingham to have $85 million economic impact

Area map of Grand River Technology Park project in Leeds. Photo via State of Alabama

Big things are ahead for the cities of Birmingham and Leeds as plans were announced for the Grand River Technology Park project and relocation of the Southern Museum of Flight.

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Four things to know about the highly acclaimed computer science curriculum at The Altamont School

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Ryan James teaches the programming language Scratch to Iman Zuberi, Mason Coleman and Madeleine Beckwith. Photo courtesy of The Altamont School

Since The Altamont School’s computer science (CS) curriculum was introduced three years ago, there has been an explosion of interest and growth. Nearly a third of the school’s student body takes a CS class.

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Birmingham brothers hope to eliminate overnight bar tabs with their new app TabX

This new app could change the way we visit bars. Photo via TabX’s website

Here’s the scene—you wake up Sunday morning after an evening of galavanting around the downtown Birmingham bar scene. You had a wonderful evening with friends, and now you’re headed out to recount your evening over brunch. As you reach for your wallet, you see that your debit card is nowhere to be found, held hostage at the last bar you visited during your adventure. Ugh, is there a bigger bummer in this world?

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United Ability and Smart Solutions team up to open doors and enrich lives for people with disabilities

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Kevin Braswell, Daniel Creech and Alyssa Scharf at United Ability’s LincPoint . Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Opening doors brings joy to United Ability’s Daniel Creech.

Each day, at the front desk of LINCPoint, home of United Ability’s Adult Day Program for Adults with disabilities, Daniel now opens doors and welcomes co-workers and visitors alike to the bustling enrichment center that serves daily hundreds of people.

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Birmingham biotech startups TriAltus Bioscience and AerBetic talk next steps after Alabama Launchpad win

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TriAltus Bioscience founders Dmitry Vassylyev (left) and Bob Shufflebarger at Innovation Depot. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), puts serious cash into serious Alabama startups. Find out what innovations November’s winners, TriAltus Bioscience and AerBetic, two Birmingham-based biotech companies, are bringing our way. Plus, learn how you can apply for the 2019 Cycle 1 competition. (Hurry because the January 3 deadline is fast approaching.)

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Birmingham tech startup Mixtroz reaches historic fundraising goal of $1 million

Birmingham, Kerry Schraer and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz. Photo via Mixtroz
Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz. Photo via Mixtroz

There’s been another big win for mother-daughter duo, Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, co-founders of Birmingham tech startup Mixtroz. The company has officially reached the historic fundraising goal of $1 million! Continue reading “Birmingham tech startup Mixtroz reaches historic fundraising goal of $1 million”

Meet Neowaste and Moovmo, 2 Birmingham-based Alabama Launchpad winners set to transform their industries

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Neowaste co-founders Fernando Valentin and Jessica Findley. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

“Since the beginning of human history, man has buried his waste in a hole in the ground.” That was Jessica Findley’s opening line in her $100,000 prize-winning pitch at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition in Huntsville last September. “We still do that today,” said Findley, co-founder and CEO of Neowaste. “One of the only places we haven’t innovated is waste management, which is so damaging to our environment.” But she is helping to change that.

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