July 12, 2018

Parkside Birmingham
1320 1st Avenue South across from Railroad Park

July 12, 2018

Parkside Birmingham
1320 1st Avenue South across from Railroad Park

imerge Returns

Welcome to imerge 2018, a celebration of ideas, innovation and inspiration designed to help drive the fortunes - and the future - of Alabama forward. This year's event will be held at the new EDPA headquarters in a dynamic, renovated bread factory where ideas and fresh thinking are among the products now served.

Last year, more than 1,000 imerge attendees were treated to an inspiring presentation from multiple Pulitzer prize winner and best-selling author Thomas Friedman. The high energy affair also featured live entertainment, networking, great food, after parties and an Oscars-style awards show to honor the state's top innovators. It was a great event, but this year we intend to raise the bar!

Come for the innovation — Stay for the party

imerge 2018 will coincide with Birmingham Innovation Week, Sloss Tech and Sloss Fest — which last year attracted 20,000 people from 10 states.

The event will unfold at Parkside Birmingham on the grounds of EDPA's sleek new building in Bakers Row, a renovated bread factory that looks just across to Railroad Park, which has been the catalyst for the city's renaissance and new growth. The park is located on 19 acres of green space set against the backdrop of the city's skyline. Its proximity to Regions Field, the minor league baseball stadium, and a growing brewery and urban food scene make it a magnet for curious and active people.

Alabama Launchpad: largest seed funder in Alabama — and the propulsion behind innovation and startups

In fact it is the most active early stage investor in the state of Alabama, investing $4 million in 70 companies.

Innovation is a central engine and the main driving force of economic growth and development of the future in Alabama.

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

Mix, mingle and meet up

4:00 pm | Startup competition pitch
5:00 pm | Networking
6:00 pm | Innovation awards and pitch winners
7:00 pm | Keynote
8:00 pm | Celebrate imagination

Network with Alabama Launchpad alumni

 

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

Tickets, VIP experiences and attractions coming soon

Be a champion for innovation, imagination and inspiration Sponsor imerge 2018

Orbit $50K
Designation as Presenting Sponsor
  • Priority branding on all marketing collateral
  • Priority branding on site
  • Exclusive host of Alabama Launchpad startups
  • Speaking opportunity
VIP Hospitality
  • Inside gallery branded suite
  • Inside gallery access – 25 passes
  • Outside sound stage branded suites and priority seating - 25 seats
  • Reserved parking- 20 spaces
Media
  • Priority digital: Website and social
  • Press kit inclusion
  • Radio
Liftoff $25K
Designation as Event Host
  • Branding on all marketing collateral
  • Branding on site
  • Exclusive host of Alabama Venture Fellows
  • Speaking opportunity
VIP Hospitality
  • Inside gallery access -10 passes
  • Outside sound stage branded area and priority seating - 10 priority seats
  • Priority parking on site - 10 spaces
Media
  • Branded digital: Website and social
  • Press kit inclusion
Ignition $10K
Designation as Supporting Sponsor
  • Branding on all marketing collateral
  • Branding on site
VIP Hospitality
  • Inside gallery access - 4 passes
  • Outside sound stage priority seating
  • 4 priority seats
  • Priority parking on site - 4 spaces
Media
  • Branded digital: Website and social
Countdown $5K
Designation as an Event Co-Host
  • Branding on all marketing collateral
  • Branding on site
VIP Hospitality
  • Inside gallery access - 2 passes
  • Outside sound stage priority seating
  • 2 priority seats
  • Complimentary parking - 2 spaces with shuttle
Media
  • Digital recognition

To sign up or learn more about how to be a sponsor, contact Angela Wier at 205.943.4778 or Steve Sewell at 205.943.4742