Alabama Launchpad announces finalists in Cycle 1 2024

The finalists will compete for a combined $75,000 on April 18 in the Shoals

Alabama Launchpad, in partnership with Innovate Alabama, has selected nine finalists in Cycle 1 2024. These finalists will compete for a combined $75,000 on April 18 in the Shoals.

Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama that features entrepreneurs in two stages of development — the concept stage and the early seed stage.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing these nine companies grow with the support of our launch advisors as they prepare for the in-person pitch event in April,” said Miller Girvin, executive vice president of innovation and talent at EDPA. “Alabama Launchpad is all about providing not just financial backing but also valuable mentorship to help turn ideas and early-stage companies into thriving businesses right here in our state.”

Five of the companies are in the concept stage. They will be competing for $25,000. They are: Moxi in Birmingham, which offers flexible childcare booked on demand for children 0-5 years of age; SymbyAl in Huntsville, which leverages AI to automate scientific replication, academic reviews and research trend analysis; OMA Health Co. of Birmingham, which offers educational resources and providers to ensure Black women’s concerns; Shan Latris LLC of Tuscaloosa, which provides women with height-inclusive clothing solutions; and Kimmie Stylz of Birmingham, which specializes in creating natural hair-care products.

In the early seed stage, there are four companies competing for $50,000. They are: Equip of Birmingham, which empowers independence for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Brightpay of Birmingham, which provides freelancers with easy access to doctors offering transparent pricing and a rewards program for preventative health actions; Dayrol of Birmingham, which offers a platform that integrates financial literacy education, practical finance management tools and programming tools; and Pathways K12 of Huntsville, which improves the way students explore college and career paths by making dual enrollment easier.  

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