Birmingham’s booming startup scene attracts 23 Venture for America fellows + meet 6 of them

Birmingham has become the fastest-growing market in the VFA network since 2015. Photo via @dyoungblood71 on Instagram

Birmingham is no stranger to startups and fresh job opportunities. Not to toot our own horn, but the Magic City is the fastest-growing market in the Venture for America network. That’s why Birmingham attracted twenty-three new Venture for America fellows from around the country to work at local startups. Keep reading to see why we’re kind of a big deal, and meet some of our future leaders.

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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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Small biz spotlight: Q&A with Orchard House, Birmingham’s first women-focused co-working collective

The Practice Works space is perfect for productivity and staying socially distant. Photo via Orchard House on Instagram

Birmingham’s first women-focused co-working collective is here. Orchard House Beta kicks off at Practice Works this September. Find out more about how Orchard House originated and how to join today.

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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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9 Birmingham Black-owned startups you need to know about now

Shegun Otulana won Entrepreneur of the year Southeast last year from Ernest & Young
A year ago, Shegun Otulana won the Entrepreneur of the Year Southeast award from Ernst & Young. Here he is with the TheraNest team. Photo via Paralect’s Facebook page

For years now, people have been working to make Birmingham a destination for minority and women-owned businesses. Today we’re featuring nine Black-owned startups, including one that’s partnering with the Charles Barkley Foundation on COVID and a partnership between Apple and Lawson State Community College to bring coding and creativity to new communities.

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Local tech startup launches $5 smart bracelet to share Black Lives Matter resources

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BLM.BAND helps you show your support, share resources and take action. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Over the past month, Black Lives Matter has dominated the news. But once media coverage begins to wane, it’s important to remember that Black Lives Matter isn’t a moment—it’s a movement. That’s why local tech startup Linq has designed and launched BLM.BAND, a smart bracelet that directs you to a list of resources that help you take action, get educated and donate to relevant organizations driving change in our world.

Click here to order your bracelet now.

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2 promising startups win $150,000 at Virtual Alabama Launchpad Finale

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The MOXIE IoT team standing next to their check for $100,000 in early stage seed funding from Alabama Launchpad. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

After an intense competition between seven Alabama startups, two Birmingham businesses came out on top at EDPA’s Virtual Alabama Launchpad Finale on June 11. Learn more about MOXIE IoT and Field Culture Compost, the two latest winners of the Alabama Launchpad startup competition. 

Plus, learn more about the upcoming Reignite Alabama, Alabama Launchpad Response Pitch Competition and apply now!

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It’s official—blueroot co. will open flagship location in Pepper Place this year

I’ll take 3, thanks. This gorgeous salad goes by “The Farmstand” and it’s a fan favorite. Photo via blueroot co.

We love seeing Birmingham business succeed, especially when it’s as healthy + delicious as blueroot co. This woman-owned eatery will open its flagship location in Pepper Place this year, and we can’t wait. Get all the deets right here!

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Will remote workers flock to Birmingham from big cities? Experts weigh in.

One look at a Birmingham sunset and you’ll believe in the nickname “The Magic City.” Photo via Capturing Corvin on Facebook

The arrival of COVID-19 brought global implications that will continue for years to come. Short term, there’s no denying that our local businesses and economy have gotten hit hard. Long term, though—could there be positive effects on Birmingham’s growth? We did some digging. Check it out!

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Ready to spice up your life? This Birmingham hot sauce startup delivers

It’s easier than ever to bring the heat into your own home. Photo via Unsplash

These days, you can get absolutely anything delivered to your doorstep via subscription service. In a world where convenience is key, this Birmingham startup is adding some flavor to the subscription box game and we are here. for. it. Read on to get all the details!

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National trends show surge for certain business categories—and they’re here in Birmingham

Getting outside in a safe way is important right now! Photo via Cahaba Cycle on Facebook

The world around us has looked a lot different in recent weeks. COVID-19 has brought a lot of struggle and hurt, and the response from our Birmingham community has made us proud every step of the way. Nationally, some business categories have found themselves positioned for a surge. We wanted to celebrate a few local companies who fall into those categories—check them out!

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

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INFLCR team. Photo courtesy of INFLCR

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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