The city of Mobile is celebrating being named one of 51 designees of the inaugural Innovate Alabama Network.

“I want to commend our grants team and Neighborhood Development staff for their work on this effort. We are also grateful to the team at the Innovation Portal for working with our staff throughout the application process,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

“The Innovate Alabama Network is a major step forward to growing the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Alabama,” said Innovate Alabama CEO Cynthia Crutchfield. “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.”

The Innovate Alabama Network connects organizations that work to foster innovation. Designees receive up to $250,000 for further innovation.

Innovation Portal in Mobile was also a designee. The nonprofit incubator and innovation hub helps startups in the Gulf Coast region.

Innovate Alabama provided $9.3 million in funds for the 51 designees.

“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.”

Other communities, nonprofit organizations and universities that received the designation were:

  • City of Auburn

  • City of Bessemer

  • City of Dothan

  • City of Henagar

  • City of Hoover

  • City of Marion

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

The application process for a second round of Innovate Alabama Network designees is open now.

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