Entrepreneurial ‘Ecosystem’ Continues to Grow and Expand in Mobile

The Business View – March 2017 / From the Publisher – Bill Sisson


The whole idea of developing Mobile’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is centered on making it as easy as possible to create, grow and sustain new businesses. The good news is our start-up scene continues to bloom.


It’s hard to believe just two short years ago, there was little activity on St. Louis Street in downtown Mobile. But today, it has come to life, buzzing with entrepreneurial activity.


Innovation PortAL is only one of the players involved. The University of South Alabama, Exchange 202, Container Yard, The Grind, 1702, the Chamber’s Gulf Coast Technology Council, U.S. Small Business Association and many others are heavily involved in providing services to our budding businesses.


We’re excited to gear up for our community’s second Startup Weekend, taking place March 31-April 2 at The Steeple on St. Francis. (See page 12 for details.) The Chamber and Innovation PortAL look forward to once again supporting the weekend’s activities, including participants pitching their business concepts to the collective group.


Throughout the weekend, teams receive constant feedback and expert advice from mentors and coaches, learning firsthand what goes into starting a business.


The weekend culminates with all new business ideas pitched to a panel of judges, and the winning teams receive prizes such as professional services, office space and other necessities for a new venture.


Last year, I was overwhelmed by the number of entrepreneurs who came out to the event, and this year promises to be even more dynamic. Make plans to attend Startup Weekend. You will not be disappointed.


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