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EDPA’s ‘imerge’ event honors Alabama’s top innovators

Alabama’s top innovators gathered in Birmingham Thursday to celebrate the region’s thriving entrepreneurial scene and collaborate on ways to make it stronger.

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s 2018 “imerge” event awarded $151,000 to winners of an Alabama Launchpad startup pitch competition and honored industry leaders with EDPA’s annual Innovation Awards.

Attendees also networked over food and drink as EDPA transformed the covered parking area of its office on First Avenue South into a pop-up performance venue.

Entrepreneurs who have helped fuel the growing innovation ecosystem in Birmingham and across the state talked about how the Magic City has shaped their companies’ culture and played a role in their success.

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