Innovate Birmingham is transforming the local tech scene. Here’s how to get involved.

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Karma Tolliver, a current Data Analytics Participant at Innovate Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Each year, Innovate Birmingham helps meet the demand of a growing regional IT workforce by offering tech bootcamps, professional development training, and supportive services to local talent. The program changes the lives of students, alumni and employers alike—but don’t take our word for it. We spoke with several members of Innovate Birmingham to learn more.

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11 entrepreneurs announced for Innovation Depot’s Voltage incubator program

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Today, Innovation Depot announced the first cohort for their Voltage accelerator. Photo via Innovation Depot

Today, February 8th, Innovation Depot announced the inaugural cohort for the new Voltage tech incubator program, which begins on February 9th. Want to learn more about the 11 participating entrepreneurs? We’ve got the inside scoop.

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New office development is coming to the Innovation District

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A new office development is coming to a former Hibbett Sporting Goods in Innovation District. Photo via Bham Now

2021 is already bringing more revitalization to Birmingham, and we couldn’t be more excited! David Carrigan and Robert Crook of Ironvest Partners are leasing space on a new development named Ballast at the Switch, Birmingham’s innovation district.

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Meet the 8 startups who made the cut in Innovation Depot’s 2021 Velocity Accelerator

Congrats to the final 8 startups. Photo via Innovation Depot’s Facebook

Innovation Depot just announced the eight startups who made it into their Velocity Accelerator program. With over 50 companies’ applications, let’s meet the final eight that made this year’s cut.

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These building projects changed the face of Birmingham—the behind-the-scenes story

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When Williams Blackstock Architects moved downtown in 2002, they were pioneers. Photo via Greg Hursley

For more than 25 years, Williams Blackstock Architects has been working to change the face of Birmingham. They’ve done this with historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects, new buildings and projects at UAB. We talked with Principal Architect Joel Blackstock to get the behind the scenes story.

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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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Innovation Depot and Birmingham Promise to anchor redeveloped Ensley Ramsay-McCormack Building

Ramsay-McCormack Building in Ensley, October 4, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Dormant for three decades, plans to redevelop the historic Ramsay-McCormack Building in downtown Ensley and the surrounding business district and neighborhood are becoming a reality.

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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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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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Alumni of Innovate Birmingham share how the program completely changed their lives. Learn how you could too.

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Panelists at Pathway to Careers in Tech. Photo via BhamNow

On Tuesday, November 12, Innovate Birmingham hosted their Pathways to Careers in Tech panel. The panel featured several successful alums of Innovate Birmingham programs. Thanks to organizations like Innovate Birmingham, The Magic City is rapidly turning into a new tech hot spot. Maybe even the next Silicon Valley? Read on to learn more.

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Co-working concept grows in Birmingham – here are 10 to choose from.

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Forge offers a friendly atmosphere where you can get work done. Photo via Forge.

Co-working spaces are a great resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses. A co-working space is like a cross between a coffee shop and a library, with a friendly, work-focused atmosphere. Here are 12 locations where you can experience co-working in Birmingham.

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3 things I learned about Innovate Birmingham from candidate, Loni Vaughn. Apply for courses + scholarships by Aug. 9.

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Loni Vaughn in front of Innovation Depot, where Innovate Birmingham is located—Always laughing at something, and it’s contagious! Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The tech world can be intimidating, but Innovate Birmingham is changing that. They offer courses for FREE—no tech experience needed. And they are helping make Birmingham’s local tech industry more accessible to everyone. Hear from Loni Vaughn, a Data Analytics candidate at Innovate Birmingham on what the program is really like, plus how to apply for courses and scholarships today.

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7 tech startups pitch for investment on April 30 at Innovation Depot’s Velocity Accelerator 2019 Demo Day. Join the audience

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Participants of the Velocity Accelerator Program. Photo via Innovation Depot

Do you enjoy watching Shark Tank and hearing business owners pitch their ideas to investors?  We have our own version right here in Birmingham. Attend Innovation Depot’s Velocity Accelerator 2019 Demo Day presented by Regions, happening Tuesday, April 30 from 5-7:30PM. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is a must. Register now.

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