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The EDGE Incubator and Accelerator to Host Alabama Launchpad Cycle 1 2023

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 17, 2023) – Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) is proud to announce its first cycle of 2023 at The EDGE Incubator and Accelerator, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Thursday, April 20. Nine finalists will compete for a combined $75,000 at a public finale. Alabama Launchpad features entrepreneurs in two stages of development: those in the concept stage, who are usually pre-revenue, and those in the early seed stage who are looking to accelerate the growth of their existing businesses. According to Pitchbook, Alabama Launchpad is the state’s most active early seed funding source. To date, Alabama Launchpad has funded 112 startups and invested over $6 million in nondilutive funding. Its winning companies have a combined post-money valuation of over $1 billion and have generated over 1,300 jobs across the state. The EDGE Incubator and Accelerator is designed to support entrepreneurial collaboration and innovation in the west Alabama region. It offers growing businesses a place to get work done and hosts regular workshops, forums, and informal gatherings for the greater entrepreneurial community. “Our team at UA is looking forward to hosting the 2023 Alabama Launchpad event,” According to Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne. “We have had numerous teams from UA compete in the event, and being able to host is a great way to bring visibility to more of our students, faculty, staff and community members in the Tuscaloosa area. Our entrepreneurship program, overall, has grown considerably over the last few years, and a big reason for that growth is our ability to connect with the state’s resources including the Launchpad program. The team from EDPA has been incredibly supportive and helpful over the years, and we look forward to seeing all of them at The EDGE.” The five concept stage finalists competing for $25,000 are: PowerTechs helps energy companies repurpose their workforce to Renewables. Its main competitive advantage is our online simulator-based skills assessment measuring not only practical knowledge but also safety compliance, communication and even work attitudes. NanomediGene, LLC focuses on developing nanotechnology and drug delivery systems that improve the quality of life for patients facing chronic diseases. Their first product is a nanoparticle-engineered drug for patients who undergo dialysis, with which they hope to increase surgery success rates and reduce healthcare costs. Dani Cheesecake creates gourmet no-bake cheesecake in a jar, offering over 40 handmade flavors. Based in Opelika, the founder started her company to raise money for her son’s college and has since participated in Auburn’s business accelerator. Welcomed Co is a lifestyle brand that enables people of all abilities to live their best lives through innovative, beautifully designed products for accessibility and inclusion, educational content, thoughtful resources and supportive community. Cahaba Fire Company, LLC develops innovative products for fire departments and first responders. Its goal is to produce high-quality, innovative products necessary for emergency responders to do their jobs safer, faster and more reliably. The four companies in the early seed stage, who will be competing for $50,000, are: Sweet Home Spirits seeks to capture the hearts of Alabamians with its branding and product line and evoke a love for one’s home by presenting quality spirits and products with a familiar trope in ‘Sweet Home’. Harmony Diagnostics is transforming the way we test for sexually transmitted infections. Its innovative solution offers a cost-effective, rapid and reliable method for testing in the privacy and comfort of one’s home. Idyllo helps you execute home improvement projects with professionals you trust. It helps homeowners find local vendors they trust, while also connecting the vendors themselves to a strong, potential customer base. Domestique Coffee, LLC is a coffee, hospitality and lifestyle brand that is providing Alabama with coffee-based cultural experiences. It believes in “easy access to high quality coffee.” Its vision is to make simple and healthy coffees available for customers everywhere they go. To learn more and reserve tickets please click here.

More About Alabama Launchpad

Established in 2006, Alabama Launchpad is Alabama’s most active, early-stage seed fund investor, driving innovation and job growth through startup competitions and ongoing mentoring for Alabama entrepreneurs. Alabama Launchpad is made possible by the generous support from Innovate Alabama, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Department of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Caring Foundation, Truist Bank, The University of Alabama, Auburn University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Daniel Corporation Foundation. It is the state’s longest running business plan and pitch competition. Over the past 16 years, Alabama Launchpad has invested over $6 million into 116 Alabama startups. The winning startup companies have generated over 1,300 jobs for the state and have a combined post-money valuation of over $1 billion.

More About Our Partner, Innovate Alabama

Innovate Alabama is Alabama’s first statewide public-private partnership focused on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation with a mission to help innovators grow roots here in Alabama. Innovate Alabama was established to implement the initiatives and recommendations set forth in the Alabama Innovation Commission’s report, including smart policy solutions that will create a more resilient, inclusive and robust economy to remain competitive in a 21st-century world. With founding CEO Cynthia Crutchfield leading the charge, Innovate Alabama is also made up of a board of 11 innovation leaders appointed by Gov. Ivey, collaborating across sectors to advance industries, drive technology and facilitate an environment where innovation and entrepreneurship thrive. Learn more about Innovate Alabama at