How 4 innovative Alabama companies are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak

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We’re all feeling the impact of COVID-19. A few Alabama companies—and winners of Alabama Launchpad, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama‘s (EDPA) early-stage seed fund program—are stepping up to help.  Here’s how!

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From Silicon Valley to Birmingham. Alabama Futures Fund brings new businesses to the Magic City

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Founder Peter Vogt has started building his Birmingham team with local talent. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Prepaid2Cash is a Silicon Valley startup that made it onto our radar last summer following an investment from the Alabama Futures Fund (AFF). Since then, the AFF has stayed busy—keep reading to check out their four most recent ventures.

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7 Birmingham-area businesses owned by people of color you should check out in 2020

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The sweet treats at this Alabaster bakery will have you craving a cupcake in no time. Photo courtesy of K & J’s Elegant Pastries on Facebook

Birmingham has no shortage of outstanding locally-owned businesses, and we love supporting them here at Bham Now. Check out 7 businesses around town that are owned by people of color (POC)—from yoga studios to restaurants and everything in-between.

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New business alert! Cahaba Cruisers imports international adventure vehicles to Birmingham

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Cameron Eaton (left) and Tison Barganier (right) are heading up this new company. Photo via Cahaba Cruisers

Birmingham business expands every day in this Magic City of opportunity. Two local entrepreneurs are launching their latest venture—Cahaba Cruisers is coming to Birmingham! Keep reading to check it out.

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Women in tech—Birmingham’s Ellen Thompson won’t be “counted out”

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Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Although there are more and more women working in tech every day, it’s still a predominantly male field. Ellen Thompson was the first Birmingham hire for a Prepaid2Cash, a tech startup that received funding from the Alabama Futures Fund.

Read on to find out what it’s like being a female tech professional in Birmingham!

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EDPA invested $600k in Alabama startups in 2019. Apply by Dec. 16 to participate in 2020.

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Team members of Conserv and Immediate at Alabama Launchpad. Photo via EDPA

Birmingham-based Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) has been busy. During 2019, the EDPA invested $600k in eight Alabama startups through Alabama Launchpad. Read on to learn about the winners and how you can apply to be a part of Alabama Launchpad 2020.

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Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

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

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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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Meet Peter Vogt, Silicon Valley tech CEO who’s coming to Birmingham

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Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

A west coast native and an investment banker turned tech entrepreneur—meet Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. The company is relocating its headquarters to Birmingham, AL—which means Peter is headed south. Keep reading to see his first impressions of the Magic City!

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Check out Birmingham’s own “Shark Tank” competition, The Big Pitch, Nov. 23 at Upswing

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The Big Pitch 2018 Winners. Via- RevBham.

REV Birmingham’s demonstration project, Upswing, continues to breathe life into Downtown Birmingham. If you haven’t stopped by, what are you waiting for?! The shops are open and events are scheduled throughout the year! On November 23 from 1PM-4PM Upswing is hosting REV Birmingham‘s biggest entrepreneur-focused event, The Big Pitch. For all you Shark Tank lovers, tickets are now available and this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Meet the 7 local startups competing for 150K at Alabama Launchpad on November 14

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Judges listening to a startup’s pitch. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

On Thursday, November 14, seven Alabama startups will compete to win their share of $150K. Alabama Launchpad 2019–a program by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama–kicks off in Troy, Alabama. Learn more.

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