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Welcome to imerge 2018!
A celebration of ideas, innovation and inspiration designed to drive the fortunes - and the future - of Alabama forward!
*BUY NOW. Tickets to this event WILL sell out.
Featuring guest speakers, acclaimed musical entertainment, A pitch competition with $150k to winning startups, great food and beer garden
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July 12, 2018
Featuring guest speakers, acclaimed musical entertainment, A pitch competition with $150k to winning startups, great food and beer garden
 
imerge yourself
in innovation, imagination and inspiration
Welcome to imerge 2018, a celebration of ideas, innovation and
inspiration designed to drive the fortunes - and the future - of Alabama forward.
featuring
holly williams
Ranked in country living magazine's top 100 Most creative people
Not just a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter with three albums under her belt, Holly Williams is also one of Nashville’s leading entrepreneurs. This inspiring mother of three owns two of Nashville’s hottest retail spots: H. Audrey and White’s Mercantile.

Both stores show off her “exquisite taste” as described by gal pal and shopper Gwyneth Paltrow. And Ms. Paltrow is not alone. H. Audrey was recently named “one of the top shops in the U.S.” by Elle Magazine.

Holly has a passion for people who, like her, follow their dreams. She leads by example, successfully juggling career, entrepreneurial ventures and family. Her husband Chris Coleman is a renowned Nashville artist whose pieces hang on the store walls. And he and Holly write and tour together.
 
Welcome to imerge 2018, a celebration of ideas, innovation and
inspiration designed to drive the fortunes - and the future - of Alabama forward.
featuring
holly williams
Ranked in country living magazine's top 100 Most creative people
Not just a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter with three albums under her belt, Holly Williams is also one of Nashville’s leading entrepreneurs. This inspiring mother of three owns two of Nashville’s hottest retail spots: H. Audrey and White’s Mercantile.

Both stores show off her “exquisite taste” as described by gal pal and shopper Gwyneth Paltrow. And Ms. Paltrow is not alone. H. Audrey was recently named “one of the top shops in the U.S.” by Elle Magazine.

Holly has a passion for people who, like her, follow their dreams. She leads by example, successfully juggling career, entrepreneurial ventures and family. Her husband Chris Coleman is a renowned Nashville artist whose pieces hang on the store walls. And he and Holly write and tour together.






imerge yourself
in innovation, imagination and inspiration
pitch competition
pitch competition
$150k will be awarded to the startup owners during our pitch competition. The EDPA has invested $4 million to 81 companies throughout its existence.
MIX and MINGLE
MIX and MINGLE
Meet with business executives, entrepreneurs and current Launchpad business founders with music, acclaimed food and Alabama craft beer.
brummies
brummies
Special musical guest and Birmingham's own Brummies comprised of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant and Trevor Davis will round out the night.
More Headliners to Come!


Network with 
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.
Featured hotel
Aloft Birmingham Soho Square
1903 29th Avenue South, Homewood, AL 35209
t: 205.874.8055 | f: 205.874.8455
WORD ON THE STREET

Jim Cavale
Founder & CEO at Influencer (INFLCR)

Jim Cavale is a 3-Time INC. 5000 Entrepreneur, an annual award that INC. His passion for people is at the core of everything he does in business and life.

Ashley Morrow
Queen Bee/Owner
Alchemy Jewelry Spray

Ashley is an inventor and a designer. Ashley invented Alchemy Jewelry Sealer and since bringing it to market in 2015, Alchemy has grown to be in over 400 stores in the US.
WORD ON THE STREET

Jim Cavale
Founder & CEO at Influencer (INFLCR)

Jim Cavale is a 3-Time INC. 5000 Entrepreneur, an annual award that INC. His passion for people is at the core of everything he does in business and life.

Ashley Morrow
Queen Bee/Owner
Alchemy Jewelry Spray

Ashley is an inventor and a designer. Ashley invented Alchemy Jewelry Sealer and since bringing it to market in 2015, Alchemy has grown to be in over 400 stores in the US.
DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM, AL
JULY 6TH - JULY 13TH, 2018
Birmingham Innovation Week is a celebration of creatives, risk-takers, and innovators. Through a series of fiercely collaborative events produced by Birmingham’s most pioneering public and private institutions, Innovation Week showcases transformational ideas and ventures evolving in Birmingham. The week bridges the gap between local entrepreneurs, talent, and capital -- ultimately accelerating our already thriving startup community. And with everyone’s attention captured by emerging innovation, we seamlessly lead into the Southeast's preeminent technology convergences: imerge, Sloss Sport, and Sloss Tech.
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