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imerge EDPA's annual conference and event showcases, celebrates and stimulates innovation to drive the economic growth and future of Alabama. It's the largest and most comprehensive innovation event in the state. Through talks, discussion, entertainment, awards and networking it brings thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders together to imagine, innovate and inspire.

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Presented by

presenting sponsor, Alabama Power logo
presenting sponsor, Protective logo

Pitch Competition with $150k to winning startups.

Pitch Competition with $150k to winning startups.

Finalists

2018 EDPA Launchpad winners ApexPro holding check with EDPA staff

Finalists

2018 imerge Seed Category Winner and People's Choice Winner ApexPro - holding checks
Seed Track Winner
& People's Choice Winner
APEX Pro
2018 imerge Contact Fund Winner Global Inspections - holding check
Concept Track Winner
Global Inspections
People clapping for startup competition award winners

Recognizing the top innovators in Alabama: the EDPA 2018 Innovation Awards

Recognizing the top innovators in Alabama: the EDPA 2018 Innovation Awards

Startup Executive of the Year

Dr. Karim Budhwani

CEO of CerFlux

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Buddy Palmer

President and CEO
Create Birmingham

Lifetime Achievement in Innovation Award

Art Tipton

President and CEO
Southern Research

Outstanding Achievement
in Innovative Manufacturing

Alignment Simple Solutions

Corporate Innovator of the Year
(large company, 50+ employees)

Shipt

Startup of the Year

XpertDox

Corporate Innovator of the Year
(small company, 10-50 employees)

Inventure Renewables

Business Executive of the Year

Miranda Bouldin Frost

President and CEO
LogiCore

imerging Young Leaders

imerging Young Leaders

Connie Griesemer with PPG Aerospace (Huntsville)
Dustin Embrey with AEgis Technologies (Huntsville)
Chris Maurice with Yellow Card Financial (Auburn)
Jeff Zeiders with CigarClub.com (Mobile)
Ben Podbielski with Protective Life (Birmingham)
Trent Kocurek with Airship (Birmingham)
Wayne Heard with The Dannon Project (Birmingham)
Connie Griesemer with PPG Aerospace (Huntsville)
Dustin Embrey with AEgis Technologies (Huntsville)
Chris Maurice with Yellow Card Financial (Auburn)
Jeff Zeiders with CigarClub.com (Mobile)
Ben Podbielski with Protective Life (Birmingham)
Trent Kocurek with Airship (Birmingham)
Wayne Heard with The Dannon Project (Birmingham)
2018 imerge Young Leaders with EDPA staff

Alabama Launchpad alumni

Alabama Launchpad, an EDPA program, has been an integral part of the innovation and entrepreneurial space in Alabama for 12 years - funding startups and working to help companies Start, Stay and Grow in Alabama.

In fact it is the most active early stage investor in the state of Alabama, investing $4 million in 81 companies.

 

G Mommas Cookies: Southern style cookies baked with real ingredients - Selma

CigarClub.com: Tailored monthly subscription service of premium cigars - Mobile

INFLCR: Turning sports teams + athletes into broadcasting networks - Birmingham

FoPark: Simplified parking and parking management - Auburn

Alchemy: Unique jewelry sealer to preserve your jewelry and skin - Muscle Shoals

Energy H20: Natural artesian mineral water - Tuskegee

Edify Online: Online teaching instructors for higher education - Birmingham

Luxe Brand: Luxury shoelaces crafted in soft Italian lambskin and tipped with signature nickel-plated aglets - Muscle Shoals

Wyndy: Mobile app connecting parents and college babysitters - Birmingham

Mechoptix: Sensors and LED lighting to increase safety in automotive, power sports, heavy duty, marine and bicycle. Stoptix automatic brake lights. - Huntsville

Alabama Sawyer: Turns urban timber into meaningful objects - Birmingham

Pointz: Visit local places. Get free stuff. - Birmingham

GeneCapture: Rapid diagnostic technology to detect and identify the source of an infection in less than 1 hour – Huntsville

Tennibot: Autonomous tennis ball collector - Auburn

Maho Shades: Product driven eyewear company with a passion for the outdoor experience - Orange Beach

Cheeriodicals: Loves to bring cheer to individuals, entire hospitals and other charitable groups by delivering gifts that make people smile! - Birmingham

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Liftoff Sponsor

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