Thank you to all who attended and participated in what we’re being told was one of the best Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship conferences. We drew our largest crowd of 230 people, with Gov. Robert Bentley; Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield and Alabama Department of Economic And Community Affairs Director Jim Byard Jr. in attendance.
At this year’s conference, held Sept. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel, we celebrated Alabama’s innovation successes by giving awards to the state’s start-ups, angel investors, researchers, incubators and entities that patent their inventions. We did this because they collectively create thousands of high wage jobs.