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Reignite Alabama competition awards $150,000 to 4 promising startups

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Four Alabama businesses that have developed innovative ideas to combat challenges in the COVID-19 era have been awarded a share of $150,000 to bring their plans to life.

The businesses, with ideas that range from an exposure notification app for COVID-19 and other viruses to a new concept to promote safety in traffic stops, were part of the Reignite Alabama Response Pitch Competition put on by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

The contest was part of EDPA’s successful, long-running Alabama Launchpad program for startups, which has awarded more than $5 million over the past 14 years and is a major driver of the state’s innovation economy.

“We’re all living through a really, really difficult and different time in American and global history,” Dennis Leonard, EDPA’s Innovation Consultant, said in opening the competition’s finale on Thursday.

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