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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A national report ranked Birmingham-Hoover women entrepreneurs’ earnings # 2 in the country: challenges + how UAB can help

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Women entrepreneurs in Birmingham-Hoover have the second highest earnings in the country
Boss women. Photo via Unsplash

Back in June, Volusion, an Austin, Texas-based company helping people sell online since 1999, published “Cities with the Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs.” Birmingham-Hoover ranked #2 among large metros with the most successful women entrepreneurs. We talked to Patrick J. Murphy, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to learn more. 

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What students are saying about UAB’s NEW Entrepreneurship Degree

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Members of UAB’s capstone Entrepreneurial Engagement Seminar with regional entrepreneur Thomas Walker, Jr., Founder of S(w)ervice. Photo via UAB Collat School of Business

After nearly two years of research and design, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched its new Entrepreneurship Degree at the Collat School of Business. The new degree program officially launches in Fall 2020, but most of its required classes are offered already. So we spoke with some of the first students in the program to hear what they think so far.

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