The latest Birmingham start-up news from Alabama’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

11 finalists chosen for Alabama Launchpad finale in Auburn (Bham Now)

In the Concept Stage competition, CheckMySpot, NanoPrintek, SwiftTrax, The Gathering Lab, and VivoSphere will compete for $25,000. In the Seed Stage competition, Autonoma, BluTapp, CharIT, CROUX, Health OpX, and NIXA will compete for $50,000.

Agriculture technology accelerator brings California companies to Alabama (Birmingham Business Journal)

In partnership with gener8tor, a global start-up accelerator, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology hosted their second AgTech Accelerator showcase in Huntsville, including the start-ups Bloom Labs, SAVRpak, OmniVis, Khepra, and Terra Bioforge.

Bham startup Linq passes national panel, wins support (Birmingham Business Journal)

Linq’s three founders advanced in global start-up support organization Endeavor’s rigorous selection process by passing their U.S. National Selection Panel.

Birmingham-based startup app for cancer patients gets funding (Birmingham Business Journal)

Fighting Cancer Network announced that they raised $800,000 in seed funding for their app, which delivers information to cancer patients and their caregivers through video.

Birmingham company raises $144.7M (Birmingham Business Journal)

Fleetio’s recent Series C funding round, led by Elephant, was revealed to amount to approximately $144.7 million.

Birmingham staffing, tech startup raises $1.5M (Birmingham Business Journal)

Boulo Solutions, a technology and services company that helps mothers return to the workforce, announces a $1.5 million funding round led by Naples Technology Ventures.

Innovate Alabama gears up for third round of grant program, launches new program (Birmingham Business Journal)

Innovate Alabama recently opened applications for the Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program, supporting entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities, and launched the Innovate Alabama Tax Credit program, which will help supplement the growth of small business.

Is Alabama an expensive state to start a business? Experts say it’s complicated (Birmingham Business Journal)

A research study by Simplify LLC named Alabama as one of the most expensive states to begin a business. Alabama business leaders, however, disagree. 

Local agtech startup Chonex eyes $40M raise (Birmingham Business Journal)

Chonex, a Birmingham agtech start-up developing a product to restore soil health, is looking to raise $40 million in a current funding round.

Meet 2 new tech startups + why they moved to Birmingham (Bham Now)

The founders of Allison, a company using cutting-edge technology to connect banking partners and financial service customers, and BrightPay Health Corp, a platform that helps providers and patients plan and pay for healthcare services, discuss why they chose to move their companies to Birmingham.

Meet 3 startups rocking Birmingham’s business world (Bham Now)

Bham Now introduces three Birmingham start-ups: BrightPay Health Corp, The Gathering Lab, and Stockd Concierge Services.

Southern Research launching accelerator, incubator  (Birmingham Business Journal)

Southern Research, which recently launched a venture studio, announces their plans to launch a biotechnology incubator and an accelerator later in 2023. 

Startup roundup: meet 4 local startups doing big things in Birmingham (Bham Now)

Bham Now profiles Birmingham start-ups Boulo Solutions, StreetBit, Allison Fintech Co., and Tquila Automation.