Start a Regional Launchpad

What others are saying


Both the Muscle Shoals region and Auburn have joined as licensees of the Alabama Launchpad process. They are seeing great growth in early stage companies. Here is some of their feedback:

Caitlin Holland | President | Shoals Chamber of Commerce

“This was exactly the type of event that we had been looking for to further an already growing “buzz” around entrepreneurship and innovation.”

“We knew that there were several individuals and businesses within our community that had innovative ideas for products and/or services. However, we didn’t know how to support them effectively in their endeavors. Shoals Alabama Launchpad created a method for doing just that”

“I’m not sure how I could possibly put a valuation on Shoals Alabama Launchpad.”

Arndt Siepmann | Director of Industrial Development | City of Auburn – Economic Development Department

“The City of Auburn has partnered with EDPA for many years because of the benefits we see in their programming.  After supporting the Alabama Launchpad Program it was an obvious choice to jump on the opportunity to extend the program by starting our own regional business plan competition.”

“The City of Auburn and Auburn University have traditionally worked closely together to make use of available resources to inspire innovation and initiate economic activity.  The regional component of the new Launchpad Program will allow us to harvest innovation and entrepreneurial potential in the five county area for the benefit of all of East Alabama and beyond.”

“Establishing an annual program that will be a tool to create start-up activities which in the end will further the importance of home-grown companies as part of a healthy regional economy.”

“Institutionalizing a collaboration with the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at Auburn University School of Business and The Auburn Research and Technology Foundation to make best use of the available resources to create knowledge-based jobs in our region.”

“Combined regional effort to showcase and promote innovation and entrepreneurship which should promote awareness and opportunities.”