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First Avenue

The mission of First Avenue Ventures is to engage early-stage companies in the Birmingham entrepreneurial ecosystems by investing capital and helping teams navigate the dynamics of high-growth companies.

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Birmingham Ecosystem

What Makes First Avenue Ventures Different?


We seek to foster a professional and collaborative relationship with the teams of our portfolio companies. We are committed to being a reliable resource for startups in the Birmingham ecosystem.


We provide tools and guidance to all Birmingham startups, offer access to our network, and make connections. The journey is hard, and we want to provide a helping hand along the way.


The entrepreneurial path is not easy. We strive to provide candid and accurate assessments as to where founders and startups are on that path; to do otherwise would be a disservice to everyone.

Mike Goodrich

Principal, First Avenue Ventures

Saksham Narang

Managing Partner, First Avenue Ventures Life Science Fund I

Emma Bolden

Director, First Avenue Ventures