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Dear Alabama entrepreneurs… supply what the state demands

Dear Alabama entrepreneurs… supply what the state demands

Last week, I went to the Alabama – Arkansas game with a few Venture For America Fellows. Driving in, I asked myself what I was going to do about parking… I mean how does Tuscaloosa handle 20,000 more cars on game days? Enter the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans. People who live in Tuscaloosa have figured out […]

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 […]

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 […]