A Showcase of Innovation: Celebrating the Winners of the 2023-2024 

The 2023-2024 Innovate Alabama Entrepreneurship Hackathon was held on January 10, 2024 and spotlighted the brightest minds in rural innovation from Alabama’s colleges and universities. It was hosted in collaboration with several key organizations: Innovate Alabama, The Alabama Collective, the University of Alabama Birmingham, Montgomery Tech Lab, The Alabama Power Foundation, Shipt, and the United […]

Practical Startup Strategies

The Alabama Collective, in partnership with Auburn University’s Lowder Center for Family Business & Entrepreneurship, successfully hosted two insightful sessions on December 5th and 7th, 2023. These sessions marked a significant step in supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts. Led by Joshua Sahib, serial entrepreneur and managing director of the Lowder Center, Practical Startup Strategies […]

Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs: All Access at the Turkey Day Classic

Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs: All Access at the Turkey Day Classic The Alabama Collective proudly hosted, “All Access at the Turkey Day Classic: Entrepreneurs Edition,” on November 22nd at the Lab on Dexter in Downtown Montgomery. Mayor Steven Reed opened the event with inspiring remarks about Montgomery’s support for entrepreneurs and the city’s wealth of unique opportunities. […]

Pitching Innovation: Highlights from the HBCU Business Pitch Competition

The “HBCU Business Pitch Competition @ Magic City Classic was a monumental event that fueled innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment within the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. We were thrilled to have received a multitude of exceptional video entry applications representing 7 of our 4-year Alabama HBCUs, from talented individuals who shared their business […]

HBCU Innovation Power Hours

The Innovate Alabama HBCU Innovation Experience is coming to an HBCU campus near YOU for Innovation Power Hours!  Students and faculty will participate in various digital skills learning labs throughout the Innovation Power Hour. These rotating stations will feature the latest Apple equipment and showcase various technologies and concepts, including the Apple SWIFT programming language, […]

Blacks in Tech/HBCU App Design& Pitch Competition

The Alabama Collective hosted its second annual Blacks in Tech Roundtable on Thursday, August 31st. The event empowered communities to close the diversity gap by showcasing senior-level speakers, panels, and engagement opportunities related to tech and innovation in the state. The roundtable featured representatives from leading tech companies, government organizations, and academia who discussed topics […]


We had an epic celebration on August 30th, 2023, at the DAFITC/HBCU Greek Mixer in downtown Montgomery at 23 Court Cigar Bar!  It was an unforgettable night of unity and connection as we engaged with local HBCU and Greek students, alumni, and faculty. It was more than just a mixer; it was a chance to […]

HBCU Innovation Experience Lounge & Digital Playground

Innovate Alabama’s HBCU Innovation Experience is coming to Sloss Tech! Conference registrants and non-registrants are invited to join us at our HBCU Innovation Experience Lounge and Digital Playground on Friday, August 4th, at Theatre Lofts.  Sloss Tech is a hub for Birmingham’s tech community, where founders, startups, and companies can share ideas, build relationships and […]

Appy Hours

The Alabama Collective invaded HBCUs this past February with fun, food, giveaways and CODE! Alongwith Ed Farm, we brought the latest technology and training to HBCU campuses growing the awareness and exposure of application development and programming. These interactive events provided access to resources, tools, and mentors with students that are looking to gain experiential […]

Blacks in Tech 2022

On Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at the Lab on Dexter in downtown Montgomery, we held the first event in our Fall 2022 community conversation series. The Blacks in Tech and Innovation Roundtable event kicked off with Mayor Steven L. Reed of the City of Montgomery, followed by a Fireside Chat with Dr. Olivia Cook, the […]

Community Conversations

This collaborative endeavor welcomed professionals to participate in a series of community conversations to influence the development and growth of minority tech talent and entrepreneurs. Held in conjunction with several HBCU Classic football events it drew an audience of professionals to discuss various opportunities to elevate minorities. The Alabama Collective Kickoff The first Alabama Collective […]