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Innovate Alabama launches HBCU Innovation Experience, hosts Tech Brunch

HBCU academic leaders will be able to network with peers, founders and program leadership.

Innovate Alabama

Working alongside community partners including The Alabama Collective, Innovate Alabama is pleased to announce the launch of the Innovate Alabama HBCU Innovation Experience. To kick off this new program, the organization is holding a Tech Brunch during HBCU Spring coming this Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to noon CDT at Carrigan’s Public House (2430 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL).

HBCU academic leaders will be able to network with peers, founders and program leadership to learn about internship, job and investment opportunities related to digital tech skills and entrepreneurial product development. The Tech Brunch will also include tech demos provided by Ed Farm. 

One of Innovate Alabama’s focus areas is developing a comprehensive HBCU engagement strategy. The HBCU Innovation Experience is a central component of this strategy, and the Tech Brunch is the first of many activations that will fall within this program.  

“Innovate Alabama is on a mission to help innovators, including our state’s best and brightest students, grow roots here in Alabama,” said Cynthia Crutchfield, CEO of Innovate Alabama. “As we continue to prioritize inclusivity and equitability through our various initiatives, including our HBCU engagement strategy, we are thrilled to collaborate with organizations, like The Alabama Collective, who are also passionate about supporting underserved and underrepresented groups within our state.”

By leveraging relationships with local organizations, Innovate Alabama will reach more HBCU students with a multi-phased approach to tech and innovation training and experiential learning opportunities. Innovate Alabama implements programs and policies that support Alabama’s innovation ecosystem while the Alabama Collective works to elevate minority tech talent and entrepreneurs.  

“As Alabama looks to strengthen its innovation ecosystem, it is essential we focus on minorities and HBCU engagement to achieve a more diverse and inclusive tech and entrepreneurial landscape,” said Charisse Stokes, founder of The Alabama Collective. “HBCUs are natural hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship, and Alabama is fortunate to be abundant in HBCU talent and intellectual capital, being home to the largest number of HBCUs in the country.” 

For those interested in attending Saturday’s Tech Brunch, please register at the link here.

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