By Nate Schmidt, Managing Director of the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator
Today we are announcing the inaugural class of the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. Over the next 13 weeks, teams from around the world will be hard at work - virtually, as well as in Birmingham with social distancing safety policies - to build Alabama's next great tech startups. Today’s announcement represents years of hard work, preparation, and vision from our partners at Alabama Power, the Alabama Department of Commerce, EDPA, Altec, PowerSouth, and the University of Alabama.
Birmingham’s startup community is on the rise, and Techstars is a major step in its evolution as one of our country’s brightest entrepreneurial hubs. One unique aspect of our accelerator is the focus on energy and cleantech. In the near future, when Alabama is viewed as a global leader for startups in these industries, this accelerator class will be viewed as the start of that movement.
Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is a mentorship-driven accelerator program. As we’ve prepared for our kickoff, it’s been amazing to see the level of local engagement. Individuals from across the state, from startup founders to corporate and community leaders, have raised their hands offering to do whatever they can to help our Techstars companies succeed. Outside the state, leaders in energytech have also taken note of our efforts, and have signed on to mentor our incoming teams and support our class.
Seven of our ten teams will be joining us from outside of Birmingham. They’ll soon experience first-hand what our local startup founders have known for awhile… Birmingham is a special place to launch a company. Please join us in welcoming the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator class of 2020!
Microgrid developer creating power solutions to energize economic activities in underserved communities across the globe.
Satellite Powered Energy Assessments, designed to accelerate the growth of distributed energy solutions.
Climate-tech company helping to solve climate change through continuous monitoring of methane emissions.
Hardware startup addressing grid upgrades necessary for the transition to electric vehicles.
Providing electrical system mapping and circuit analysis software.
No-code AI-based predictive software that streamlines planning and operations for electrical utilities, especially during emergencies.
Salt Lake City, UT
Building the first online marketplace for the electrical wholesale industry.
A UAB spin-out company creating new solutions for the battery industry through innovations in Silicon-based nanofibers.
A software platform that networks together critical systems in homes to reduce risk, improve performance, and connect homes to providers — like a "check engine light."
New York City
Web app offering carbon reduction intelligence for building owners and their tenants.