Grant supports Launchpad program for Alabama entrepreneurs

By  | June 26, 2015 | Filed under: News

LaunchpadLogoMONTGOMERY— A program that helps Alabama entrepreneurs turn business concepts into reality is getting a boost from a $650,000 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The grant to the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation is helping fund the Alabama Launchpad program. The program provides opportunities for individuals with a business idea to receive expert guidance and establish working relationships in the business, academic and banking communities.

“Alabamians benefit when entrepreneurs can turn ideas into a viable businesses that alabama-launchpad-winner-blox-incjpegjpg-14dcef3f876327b6create jobs,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to support this program that helps innovators take the steps necessary to develop a successful business.”

Alabama Launchpad is conducting three rounds of business-plan competitions in 2015 with winners receiving a share of up to $250,000 to develop their businesses. An Innovation Awards luncheon will be held to honor entrepreneurial achievement Sept. 2 in Birmingham.

Past Alabama Launchpad participants have created more than 305 jobs and raised more than $20 million in additional funding for their businesses.

sponsor-logosThe Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from the Alabama Research Alliance Trust Fund, established by the state in 1981. Interest earned by the trust fund is used to support projects that promote innovation and new technology.

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.

Bentley notified Angela Wier, vice president of EDPA, that he approved the grant.


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