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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Small businesses and entrepreneurs—apply now for Walmart’s Open Call

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Jazzy Jewels vendors at Woodlawn Street Market. Photo via Woodlawn Street Market’s Facebook page

Calling all local entrepreneurs and small business owners! If you’re dreaming of growing your product line and/or business, you won’t want to miss this opportunity during Walmart’s Open Call. Read on for the exciting 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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Bessemer Train Depot to get major redevelopment. Here’s how

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The Bessemer Train Depot in downtown Bessemer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Bessemer area has exploded with new jobs and opportunities in the past couple years. One part that is now catching up with the times is the Bessemer Train Depot, now that it has been purchased by Brian Giattina, Blox CFO and founder of Bessemer Redevelopment Corps. Keep reading to see the past, present and future of this Bessemer icon.

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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Meet 7 entrepreneurs mentoring promising startups at Alabama Launchpad

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Matt Fitzgerald (right) alongside business partners Arnar Thors and Eric Housh. Matt Fitzgerald will be serving as a Launch Advisor for the upcoming Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition. Photo via EDPA

For the past 15 years, the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition has guided some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in Alabama by investing $5.6 million in 100 Alabama startups. Now, Alabama Launchpad is introducing a few changes to the program to provide even greater support for participating startups. We spoke with 7 Alabama entrepreneurs serving as Launch Advisors for the program to learn more.

Click here to learn more about applying to the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition—apply NOW through March 1st!

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Homewood’s Resource Fiber plans $3.6M bamboo manufacturing facility in Alabama

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Resource Fiber President & CEO David Knight, speaking at The Way Forward portion of the Global Bamboo & Rattan Conference 2018 in Beijing, China. Photo via Resource Fiber on Facebook

On January 11th, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced that Homewood-based Resource Fiber is planning to invest $3.6 million in Lamar County to construct their first full-scale bamboo manufacturing facility, bringing 111 jobs to the area.

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Birmingham CEO named in “100 Most Powerful Women In Technology 2020”

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Kimberly O’Loughlin, CEO, Therapy Brands. Photo via Analytics Insight

In their December 30, 2020 issue, Analytics Insight named Birmingham-based Therapy Brands CEO Kimberly O’Loughlin among their list of “The 100 Most Powerful Women In Technology 2020“. Here’s what we learned about Kimberly and Therapy Brands.

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These 4 Alabama startups have big plans for 2021—here’s what we learned

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The team at GeneCapture hard at work developing their CAPTURE technology. Photo GeneCapture

Although 2020 has been a challenging year, Alabama startups are looking forward to what 2021 will bring. We spoke with the founders of four Alabama Launchpad-winning companies to learn more about their goals and visions for the New Year.

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2020 in the rearview: 7 pivotal events in Birmingham’s tech scene

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Data Instructor Robin Hunt at an Innovate Birmingham Demo Day. Photo via Innovate Birmingham

For one reason or another, 2020 seems to have flown by. But one thing is for certain: 2020 was a very successful year for the Birmingham startup tech scene. Whether it’s local companies receiving millions in funding, tech accelerators fostering startups in the state or new companies moving to The Magic City, 2020 has been a year to remember. Here are a few highlights from the past year!

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Travel + Leisure names Birmingham “Best Places to Travel in 2021”

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Birmingham’s future is looking bright. Photo via Jon Eastwood

Travel + Leisure is one of the largest travel magazines in the world, with almost 5 million readers. They just released their list of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2021,” and our favorite city made the list. Check it out!

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