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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 […]

Alabama Launchpad celebrates 10 years of investing in the state’s startups

Alabama Launchpad celebrates 10 years of investing in the state’s startups

For startups, early-stage funding is critical to turning the best innovative ideas into products for the marketplace. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) recognizes that raising capital is not an easy feat for fledgling companies in Alabama, and that there is a gap in funding. In 2006, EDPA, through its EDPA Foundation, created Alabama […]

Good Luck to the 8 startups to compete in 2016’s first Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition on Feb. 19

Good Luck to the 8 startups to compete in 2016’s first Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition on Feb. 19

One company develops applications to improve restaurant operations and guests’ dining experiences.  Another takes organic wastes and transform them into a solution for farmers and landscapers, while another helps patients with rare or serious conditions find expert care and expert advice. These are some of the eight startups selected by a judging panel to compete […]

Dr. Erik Swiebert is founder of DiscoveryBioMed, which won Alabama Launchpad Phase 0 assistance

Birmingham biotech company that helps other startups gain SBIR funding gets Alabama Launchpad assistance

Dr. Erik Schwiebert, founder of DiscoveryBioMed, Inc., is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs gain non-dilutive federal funding through the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. The UAB-derived life sciences and biotech company has won 12 SBIR grants to propel its drug discovery efforts during its 9-year history. The Birmingham-based company […]

Alabama Launchpad awards grant to help Birmingham area company with accounting compliance

Alabama Launchpad awards grant to help Birmingham area company with accounting compliance

During the early stages of development, entrepreneurs have much to focus on as they pursue funding through the highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Resource (STTR) federal grant programs. Landing money through SBIR/STTR, described as America’s largest seed fund, can be a boon for many technology firms moving from idea […]