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Attend EDPA’s “imerge” because you want to make the world better

Hey folks! Have you heard there’s this Innovation Conference happening August 23rd in Birmingham? If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, do it. I’ll be there, and I think it’s worth it. Here’s why: Meet really smart, risk-taking people. If you’re starting a company, you want to know these people. They are going to be […]

Dear Entrepreneur: you didn’t win and we’re not going to tell you why (the problem with most start up competitions and what Alabama Launchpad is doing about it)

Dear Entrepreneur: you didn’t win and we’re not going to tell you why (the problem with most start up competitions and what Alabama Launchpad is doing about it)

One of the most frustrating things about startup competitions is being rejected. But it’s not because of the fact that you were told no. Rather, it’s because it’s so hard to get any lessons out of it! In my experience, having submitted to a number of competitions, the rejection usually comes in the form of […]

Choosing your track in this year’s start up competition

Hello Alabama Entrepreneurs! We are excited that the next round of the Alabama Launchpad Startup competition is open! Deadline to apply is September 14th, so you have time… but with $200,000 on the line, I’d also suggest you get moving. Every Friday, we will be posting what we hope are helpful tips that you can […]

Announcing Regional Alabama Launchpad Opportunities

Announcing Regional Alabama Launchpad Opportunities

As 2016 – the tenth year of Alabama Launchpad – comes to a close, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama team is focused on the next decade. Ecosystems for supporting entrepreneurs are evolving all across the state. This is exciting news and creates tremendous opportunities for local and state advocates to partner and bring more […]

Lisa Williams shares what 10 years of Alabama Launchpad means to her.

Alabama Launchpad: 10 years of Making It Happen

For Alabama Launchpad’s 10-year anniversary celebration, the Launchpad team asked supporters, competition winners, former judges and others to choose words that best describe what 10 years of Launchpad mean to them. We had words such as connecting, growth, ideas and moving forward.  One of our latest contributions to the 10-year anniversary fun is “Making It […]

Mentoring Matters: Celebrating 10 years of mentoring

Mentoring Matters: Celebrating 10 years of mentoring

 For budding entrepreneurs, starting a company can be an isolated endeavor, full of unknowns and risks. A look at the survival rates of new businesses show that startups need all the help they can get. According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, about half of new establishments survive five years or more and […]

Alabama Launchpad alum Tess Winningham shares what 10 years of Launchpad means to her: Growth

Alabama Launchpad celebrates 10 years of growth

The year was 2006. Social networking service Twitter was introduced to the world, and Google bought YouTube, the video sharing website. It was also the year that Alabama Launchpad started as a three-year pilot. Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, is very different today than what its founding board imagined. […]

Dr. Edwin Ethridge's company, Space Resources Extraction Technology, Inc. (SRET), received accounting compliance assistance.

How Alabama Launchpad is helping a rocket scientist’s Mars mission

When I was a child, my parents often spoke with a reverent tone about the rocket scientists in Alabama.  It was a source of pride for Alabamians even though most of us had never met any of them.  I personally did not meet one until 2014, when Dr. Edwin Ethridge was nominated for one of […]