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Alabama Launchpad expands reach with new regional competitions

EDPA

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The startup competition that has pumped millions of dollars into innovative companies across Alabama is poised to accelerate its impact. Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, is looking for communities that want to replicate the statewide...

Written by Dawn Azok

EDPA names Steve Spencer president as Bill Taylor retires

EDPA

Former Alabama Power executive Steve R. Spencer has been elected president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, succeeding Bill Taylor, was has served in that role since 2009. The EDPA board today announced the move, which is effective April 1. [caption id="attachment_6775" align="alignright"

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad seeks next generation of innovators in competition finale

EDPA

Even Alabama’s largest companies first began with an idea, and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) is searching for the next great one. Through Alabama Launchpad, a premier entrepreneur competition, the EDPA seeks to fund the next generation of Alabama innovators in hopes...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards nomination deadline looms

EDPA

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Nominations are open for the 2015 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards, which recognize significant contributions to the state’s innovation economy. Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, will accept nominations through May 17 for the annual awards. Winners will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad awards $250,000 to promising startups

EDPA

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Five promising Alabama startups will split $250,000 in Alabama Launchpad funding after impressing judges in a “Shark Tank”-style contest staged this week by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA). Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand to help pass out checks...

Written by Jerry Underwood

EDPA’s Sewell: Alabama aerospace sector ready for takeoff

EDPA

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Airbus’ decision to locate its A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile has pushed the throttle up on efforts by Alabama economic development officials to accelerate growth in the state’s aerospace sector. [caption id="attachment_8319" align="alignright" width="192"] Steve Sewell of the EDPA[/caption] With...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama Launchpad competition seeds startups with funding (with video and gallery)

EDPA

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Over the past seven years, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to entrepreneurs through Alabama Launchpad, a competition designed to help their promising ideas blossom into full-fledged companies. The competition brings together small teams...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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