News

Details from this competition cycle

On Tuesday, our judges met to review this cycle’s competition entrants. It was a very lively 4 hour discussion after roughly 2 weeks of review. Being in the room gives me hope for the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of start ups in Alabama. To that, we felt it would be appropriate to share some data from […]

The capital picture is different in Alabama

The capital picture is different in Alabama

Dear Entrepreneurs in Alabama, Let me tell you something you probably already know: there is not a lot of venture capital investment in Alabama. In fact, in 2016 there was only $47M invested according to PWC/ CB Insights. I hear folks complain about this. Don’t. It’s a waste of time. Rather, I think it’s good to adjust. Here […]

Setting the bar for a good start up idea

Setting the bar for a good start up idea

Are you honest about your start up’s prospects? The goal of Alabama Launchpad is to help entrepreneurs create high growth companies in Alabama. This is really important. Too often we’ve found, people are enamored with the idea of being an entrepreneur, but have lost sight of the fact that they are working on an idea that […]

Hand drawing Customer concept with marker on transparent wipe board.

It all starts with a customer

If there’s one thing you can do to get started right, it’s to really really really define your customer. Did you get that? I wrote “really” three times… in bold and italics and underlined. I mean it. To really define your customer, you have to get much more in depth than something like my customer is “men.” […]

Imaginative food to inspire at “imerge” event on Aug. 23

Imaginative food to inspire at “imerge” event on Aug. 23

Great food from a legendary Birmingham restaurateur and sage words from a legendary New York Times columnist are just part of an exciting evening to honor imaginative and inspiring entrepreneurs at the “imerge’ Innovation celebration by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Yellow Bicycle Catering, owned by beloved Fish Market Restaurant owner George Sarris, will […]

Who’s your Yoda? err.. mentor?

Who’s your Yoda? err.. mentor?

Hey there! So one of the most important things you can do as a budding entrepreneur is get a mentor. In fact, you need one. Just like Luke Skywalker needed Yoda to develop his powers, you need a mentor to develop yours. That’s because starting a successful business without mentorship is about as hard as lifting your […]

photo by rajah bose

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 […]

JoiLand will represent The Shoals in Alabama LaunchPad competition

June 2, 2015 Florence, AL — Alabama Launchpad has selected JoiLand LLC as the only company in the region to participate in the second round of its annual startup competition. JoiLand is one of 11 startups chosen by a five-judge panel from an initial field of 22 applicants. A program of the Economic Development Partnership […]

Jason Thomas

Meet the Judges for Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition

Birmingham, Ala., – Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, announces the judges for the Cycle B Startup Competition round. “We are fortunate to have top entrepreneurs and investors ready to volunteer their time and expertise and provide feedback to help other aspiring entrepreneurs learn, grow and succeed,” said Greg Sheek, Alabama […]

Alabama Launchpad now accepting applications for next Start-Up competition

Alabama Launchpad now accepting applications for next Start-Up competition Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 13 – Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, opened the application process today for the next cycle of its popular statewide Start-Up Competition. Interested startup teams must submit an application and a $150 non-refundable application fee before midnight […]

2,000 Participate in inaugural Innovation Week Birmingham

2,000 Participate in inaugural Innovation Week Birmingham IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dave Rickey: 205-241-8102 (office); 205-482-8811(cell) Lauren Cooper: 205-241-8127 (office); 205-910-3215 (cell) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – October 2, 2014 – More than 2,000 participants in 14 events, 77 speakers and $250,000 in startup capital awarded – those are the results of the first annual Innovation Week Birmingham, […]

Innovation Week Birmingham to showcase local ecosystem

Contact: Dave Rickey and Lauren Cooper, Birmingham Business Alliance BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – September 10, 2014 – Birmingham’s rich ecosystem of trade groups, organizations and initiatives that support the regional innovation community will be highlighted during the inaugural Innovation Week Birmingham, presented by al.com, to be held later this month. Events will be held throughout the […]

Two Auburn companies; Auburn University’s president and the university’s cyber security’s leader to participate in Alabama’s annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

September 5, 2014 Val Walton – Economic Development Partnership of Alabama BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Two Auburn companies, one with an Auburn University partnership, have been nominated to be honored on Sept. 25 with 2014 Alabama Innovation Awards during the 4th Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference presented by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. […]

Alabama Launchpad holding first statewide poetry contest for innovation and creativity; Winner to be named Poet Laureate at the 4th Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Birmingham on Sept. 26

August 13, 2014 Val Walton – Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Birmingham, Ala., August 13 – The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, is holding its first statewide poetry contest, and the winner will be named at the 4th Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference Sept. 26 […]

EDPA Awarded $91K grant

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation receives $91,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to help Alabama companies win federal commercialization funding.

Building Upon Successes

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 […]

Why Alabama Should Celebrate Entrepreneurial Successes

Summertime is winding down, and we are psyched for our third annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference set for Sept. 26-27 in Hoover. We hold this one-of-a-kind conference for Alabama because we know the importance of having a strong startup ecosystem, and we recognize the need to applaud and celebrate the companies that are […]

Alabama Launchpad teams take time to mix and mingle before pitching their plans

Alabama Launchpad teams take time to mix and mingle before pitching their plans

  Alabama Launchpad held a kick-off event Thursday night for the startup teams selected for our second round of competition. We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the launch of the competition’s next phase. We had a wonderful turnout at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s Skyline Dining Room, where all 10 […]

Alabama Launchpad Announces Round 2 Competitors

June 13, 2013 – Alabama Launchpad announces that 10 teams will be competing in its second proof of commercial relevance competition for 2013. A total of 27 teams applied from across the state.  The teams are competing for a share of the $100,000 in prize cash available.  These teams will make their first pitch presentations […]

Birmingham Business Alliance Announces Launchpad Workshop

Where: UAB Edge of Chaos (4th Floor of Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd) More Information 8:15AM                Welcome and intro to Launchpad ReviewRoom (Greg Sheek, Director of Launchpad Programs) 8:45AM                Essentials of a 10 min PowerPoint pitch (Steve Ceulemans, VP Innovation & Technology at BBA) 9:30AM                Essentials of a 3 minute video pitch (Tony […]

Alabama Launchpad’s Latest Finale Advances State Start-ups to Success

Say “startup” and most think Silicon Valley, Boston or Boulder, not anywhere in Alabama. But the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation is working to create a start-up-friendly environment to provide resources to help startups stay in the state and become companies that ultimately will help create high-wage, high-growth jobs for Alabama.  On May 3, […]

Crunch time. 2 weeks left. Time to focus!

Crunch time. 2 weeks left. Time to focus!

Hey!!! This Alabama Launchpad competition round is closing soon! With just about 2 weeks left, you should be thinking less about doing more and more about clarifying and polishing. In fact, you should really be focusing on removing as many distractions as possible. Because, with a field of roughly 50 companies, distractions are a death knell […]

Making an overview video

Making an overview video

OK… let’s talk about making an overview video for your business plan. For many folks, this can feel daunting. And yes, making a video can get very complicated… but this one shouldn’t be. If you own a smart phone, you’ve already got the camera you need. And if you can describe your customers, their need, and how […]