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Innovate Alabama awards $9.3 million to first class of designees

Innovate Alabama is taking a major leap in strengthening the state’s innovation and entrepreneurial landscape. The public-private partnership announced the inaugural designees of the Innovate Alabama Network: 51 organizations across 17 Alabama counties will receive $9.3 million in supporting funds.

“By providing funding and resources to our local communities, nonprofits and higher education institutions, we are developing a statewide network for innovation programming and catalyzing entrepreneurship in all of our communities, both rural and urban,” said Innovate Alabama CEO Cynthia Crutchfield. 

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“I’m encouraged and energized to see the overwhelming response to the Innovate Alabama Network,” said Innovate Alabama Board Chairman and Alabama State Director of Finance Bill Poole.

“We have a diverse ecosystem for innovation in Alabama, so to bring all of these partners together in one place to partner and collaborate together on moving our state forward is a move in the right direction for Alabama.”

Designees from the first round of the Innovate Alabama Network include the following communities, nonprofits and higher education institutions:


  • City of Auburn
  • City of Bessemer
  • City of Dothan
  • City of Henagar
  • City of Hoover
  • City of Marion
  • City of Mobile
  • City of Pinson
  • City of Talladega
  • Shelby County
  • Town of Pike Road


  • Alabama Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence
  • Alabama Trails Foundation
  • Baldwin County Community and Economic Development Foundation
  • BioAlabama
  • Birmingham Bound
  • Birmingham Business Alliance
  • Bronze Valley Foundation
  • Cordova Economic Industrial Development Authority
  • Ed Farm
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
  • Hardware Park
  • HBCU Cares
  • Higher Education Partnership
  • Innovation Depot
  • Innovation Portal
  • Main Street Marion
  • McWane Science Center
  • Montgomery Tech Lab
  • Prosper Foundation
  • QIE Foundation
  • REV Birmingham
  • Singing River Trail
  • Southern Research
  • Teach2Lead
  • The Alabama Collective
  • The Arc of Madison County
  • The E-Center
  • The Overton Project
  • United Way of Southwest Alabama
  • Venture for America

Higher Education Institutions:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Auburn Lowder Center for Family and Entrepreneurship
  • Drake State Community and Technical College
  • Talladega College
  • Trenholm State University
  • Troy University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of South Alabama

Applications for the second round of the Innovate Alabama Network are already open.

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