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Birmingham City Councilors Ready to Help Kick-Off Annual Innovation Week!

As technology continues to shape our culture, more companies continue to find creative ways to thrive in a competitive market. With business incubators as a major variable for aspiring entrepreneurs to realize success, the Innovation Depot is one of the best methods to break ground and build concepts that will turn into success stories. Serving to highlight Birmingham’s prized network of companies and organizations, Innovation Depot will launch its Third Annual Innovation Week today. The week will run through August 28th. This highly anticipated event is a fundamental effort of Innovation Depot to gain support for the regional innovation community along with the many technological resources available right in the very heart of Birmingham.

Councilor Marcus Lundy, Jr., Chair of the Economic Development, Budget and Finance Committee, said Birmingham’s technological boom is a prime example of creative minds collaborating and capitalizing on the business network.

“I have high hopes for Birmingham’s Innovation sector,” Councilor Lundy said. “I think UAB’s private investment in conjunction with Innovation Depot have done an excellent job of putting Birmingham on the map. I believe the next level for Birmingham is taking small micro businesses to the next level.”

Innovation Week will host a celebratory block party today at 4:00 p.m. This event is free to the public and will feature live music, food trucks and art. For more information and a complete list of activities, log on to innovationweekbirmingham.com.

About Birmingham Innovation Week

Birmingham Innovation Week is an annual celebration of innovation in Birmingham and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it. It is an open platform to showcase the numerous organizations and initiatives that support the Birmingham Innovation ecosystem and the rich human capital foundation that drives it. The Birmingham Business Alliance says there are almost 800 technology start-ups in the city. The challenge is finding ways to nurture these innovators and help them grow. Organizations such as the BBA, Alabama Launchpad, Tech Birmingham and the Venture Club will contribute to the five-day event. Seminar topics include, Better Understanding of the Technology Ecosystem in Birmingham, Access to Capital for Start-Ups as well as job seeking tips. The presenting sponsor for Innovation Week Birmingham is PNC Bank, with the following partners: Birmingham Venture Club, City of Birmingham, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Good People Brewing Co., Innovation Depot, Protective Life Corp., REV Birmingham, Southern Research, Tech Birmingham, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham Business Alliance.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.