Starting Up In Alabama
Startups can start anywhere these days. Start where you are is one of our big mantras at Nibletz, the voice of startups everywhere else since 2011. If you’re launching a startup in Alabama here are some great resources worth checking out.
Round House, East Alabama.
The Round House is “Alabama’s Fastest Startup Space”. They say that because they are built on the city of Opelika’s 1gb symmetrical fiber infrastructure. That means big data startups can hog up a lot of bandwidth and nobody notices. The 22,000 square foot facility includes co-working, incubation and acceleration with a staff of proven entrepreneurs with successful startup records. Some of their startups include Demonsaw, Recmed First Aid and Parking Grid Technologies. You can find out more about The Round House, here.
Rocket Hatch, Huntsville Alabama
Rocket Hatch offers a variety of startup programs that will help you rocket your business off the ground in the rocket city. Some of their programs include the co-starters accelerator program, Sip & Hatch and the annual Will This Fly startup competition and exhibition. Antonio Montoya started Rocket Hatch in 2014 and it’s snowballed into the premiere startup hub for North Alabama. When Montoya isn’t in Huntsville working with startups he can be found around the state judging startup competitions and mentoring. Check out Rockethatch here.
The Innovation Depot, Birmingham Alabama
Innovation Depot is the epicenter for technology startups and entrepreneurs in the Birmingham area. Innovation Depot offers coworking space in their incubator with access to mentors, and resources who have done it before. They also have a technical staff which can help accelerate any startup idea. They recently introduced Depot/U Birmingham’s first developer bootcamp which teaches people the important skill of coding.
You can check out Innovation Depot here.
Alabama Launchpad, Statewide
Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. They offer a rolling startup competition not aimed at crowning champion startup of Alabama but rather identifying some of the best startups in the state and letting them pitch for critical seed funding. The funding is commiserate with the needs of the startup company and can be dependent on certain benchmarks, thus one of the most effective startup competitions in the country. In 2015 Launchpad created millions in funding and hundreds of jobs. They recently held an alumni competition and they are also the creators of the Innovation Awards. They can be found here.