Alabama Launchpad has chosen 12 finalists to participate in its first pitch competition of the year.
Six of those finalists are in the concept stage – usually pre-revenue – and the other half are in the early seed stage, looking to accelerate the growth of their existing business.
Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, has funded 100 startups, investing more than $5.6 million and generating 700 jobs across the state.
The finalists in Cycle 1 2021 include entrepreneurs from Birmingham, Auburn and Fairhope.
“We are encouraged by the competitive applicant pool interested in Alabama Launchpad’s first cycle of the year. With the largest number of applications in Launchpad’s 15-year history, it’s clear that innovation and entrepreneurship are continuing to develop and grow here in Alabama,” says Miller Girvin, EDPA executive vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship. “The finalists competing in this cycle of Alabama Launchpad are representatives of our state’s commitment to innovation, and we are grateful to our Launch Advisors for providing their expertise to strengthen these promising companies.”
The companies in the concept stage, who will be competing for $25,000, are:
- Bordo, a social media management platform that helps small businesses grow through organic content marketing.
- Fighting Cancer Network Inc., providing trusted information and actionable knowledge to cancer patients and caregivers using educational videos and a companion app.
- MRIMath LLC, which will deliver precise contouring of a tumor from surrounding healthy tissue to reduce the time it takes to plan radiation treatment, decrease human variability, and boost patient outcomes.
- Pure Game Sports Network Inc., a sports information and marketing company that helps high schools overcome the increasing demands of running a successful program, helping teams connect and engage with fans and raise more money.
- Stelona Shoes, an Auburn-based company providing an innovative approach to women’s footwear with the first seasonless shoe.
- Vulcan Line Tools, offering the Wave Timer, a method for measuring sag, tension, and temperature in power lines to reduce costs for electric utilities, improve efficiency and ensure power lines are built properly.
The companies in the early seed stage, who will be competing for $50,000, are:
- Babypalooza, a startup that equips new and expectant moms for motherhood through community, virtual and live events, personalized content and a product marketplace.
- Con.doit, the first cloud-based analysis platform for real-world electrical systems.
- Endpoint Logistics, building a network of connected delivery safes that provide safety and convivence to consumers while reducing costs and improving visibility for ecommerce and delivery companies.
- Sure Med Compliance, a mission-based organization based in Fairhope with a vision of curbing the substance misuse epidemic by designing tools and programs that facilitate greater prescribing compliance.
- TabX LLC, an app that lets people open and close their bar/restaurant tabs from their phones.
- Vendrix Inc., offering cards and software to help companies manage spending among employees and within budgets.