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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7 winners & judges weigh in on updates to the Alabama Launchpad program

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We spoke with Will Bryant (right) and six other former winners & judges of the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

Over its 15-year history, the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition has helped promising Alabama startups launch their vision with their best foot forward. In fact, Alabama Launchpad is the most active early-stage seed fund investor in the entire state—awarding $5.6 million to 100 Alabama startups throughout the years.

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9 highlights from a productive year in tech in Birmingham, including Ed Farm

Tim Cook meeting with Odessa Woolfolk, founding board chair of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Photo by Pat Byington

Despite ups and downs, 2020 has been a magical year for tech news in The Magic City. We took a look back to see some of the biggest tech events in Birmingham in 2020—including the announcement of Ed Farm.

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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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Birmingham startups Conserv and Lucid Living Solutions take home $150K at Alabama Launchpad

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The teams from Conserv and Lucid Living Solutions, the two winners from the Alabama Launchpad Virtual Finale. Photo via Bruce Nix for Alabama Launchpad

After presenting their pitch to the judges, two Alabama startups just took home a combined $150K in startup funding at the Alabama Launchpad Virtual Finale on November 19th. We spoke with winners Conserv and Lucid Living Solutions to learn more!

Plus, stay tuned to learn more about the Alabama Launchpad program in 2021.

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Alabama Launchpad announces 7 finalists for their Virtual Finale on November 19th

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Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Alabama, speaking at a previous Virtual Finale. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

Get ready, Alabama! On November 19th, seven startups will take to the stage at Alabama Launchpad to pitch themselves to the judges. The prize? A share of $150K in early-stage seed funding. We reached out to the participating startups to learn more.

Plus, learn how you can tune in to the Virtual Finale on November 19th on the Alabama Launchpad website and Facebook page.

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Did you know startup starts are booming in Alabama right now because of COVID?

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Velocity Accelerator participants at Innovation Depot in pre-COVID times. Photo via Innovation Depot’s Facebook page

Back before anybody had ever heard of the novel coronavirus, we were closely following all the startup activity here in the Birmingham area. Now, 7.5 months later, we’ve been hearing rumblings of an uptick in startups due to COVID. Keep reading to find out what we learned.

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7 local startups address 2020’s challenges at Reignite Alabama on August 27

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Reignite Alabama premieres August 27th at 4:30PM. Graphic via Alabama Launchpad

Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address the new challenges posed by COVID-19 that affect both Alabama and the country. We took a closer look at 7 of the 14 participating startups that will be competing for a portion of $75K in funding at Reignite Alabama.

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7 startups compete for $75K at Reignite Alabama on August 27

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Reignite Alabama premieres August 27th at 4:30PM. Graphic via Alabama Launchpad

With our “new normal” of COVID-19, we’ve had to face many new challenges. Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address these challenges affecting both Alabama and the country. We took a closer look at 7 of the 14 participating startups that will be competing for a portion of $75K in funding at Reignite Alabama.

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Have a business idea for Alabama’s ‘new normal’? Reignite Alabama is taking applications until July 22nd

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A finalist pitching his idea to visitors and judges at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 1 event in Montgomery on February 28th, 2020 (before social distancing). Photo via Alabama Launchpad

With our “new normal” of COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust so many things in our lives—but challenges can also bring new opportunities. If you have a new business start-up or idea that helps to solve a problem or make daily life better, Reignite Alabama wants to know.  Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address the new challenges that affect both Alabama and the country. Applications are open until Wednesday, July 22nd.

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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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7 local startups contend for $150K at virtual Alabama Launchpad on June 11

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It’s happening! Seven Alabama startups will have the chance to bring their business vision to life as they compete for their share of $150K in early-stage seed funding. Tune in to Alabama Launchpad at 6PM on June 11 on the Alabama Launchpad website and their social channels to see the action!

Although the team at Alabama Launchpad throughly enjoys hosting the finale event in venues through Alabama, this round will be virtual to ensure the safety of guests and staff.

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Tech designed by Birmingham company used in the hunt for Coronavirus vaccine

Researcher at TriAltus Bioscience working on protein purification. Photo via TriAltus Bioscience on Facebook

TriAltus Bioscience, a UAB spinoff company that works out of Innovation Depot, developed a protein purification process that is being used by researchers in Oregon to identify a possible vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more.

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Alabama Launchpad awarded $580K from the State. Here’s how that money will be used.

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The Governor signed a bill granting $580K to Alabama Launchpad. Photo via Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Each year, the Alabama Launchpad competition awards a total of $600K to several promising startups to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Alabama. Due to the success of the program, the State of Alabama recently awarded a $580K grant to the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama to keep the program going. Here’s how that grant will be used.

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