Here at First Avenue Ventures, we’re passionate about our mission: supporting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. As part of that mission, we’re devoted to providing resources to help Birmingham entrepreneurs and their businesses succeed. In that spirit, we’re presenting a monthly round-up of recent Birmingham start-up news .

Alabama Entrepreneurs Can Again Apply for Up to $250,000 Grants (Birmingham Business Journal)

For the second time, Innovate Alabama is accepting applications for their Innovate Alabama Supplemental Grant Program for up to $250,000 in funding.

Bham Startup Teaming Up with Award-Winning Actor, Philanthropist, Founder (Birmingham Business Journal)

Prismm, a Birmingham-based start-up offering a digital vault that centralizes assets, documents, and accounts, has teamed up with Cool Runnings’ Malik Yoba, who will act both as a brand champion and as a strategic advisor.

Birmingham Startup Wyndy Expanding to Huntsville, Mobile (

Wyndy, an app that helps families locate and book background-checked babysitters, expands operations to Mobile and Huntsville.

Birmingham-Based Bronze Valley & gener8tor Launch National Accelerator for Diverse-Founded Startups (Bham Now)

Birmingham accelerator Bronze Valley and global accelerator gener8tor announce their plans to launch the first cohort of the Bronze Valley Investment Accelerator, offered by the Bronze Valley Venture Lab, this January.

EXCLUSIVE: Past Alabama Launchpad Winners Share Why YOU Should Apply to Cycle 1 2023 (Bham Now)

Recent Alabama Launchpad winners discuss how their experience helped their businesses.

Hardware Park-Based Startup Raises $1M Funding Round (Birmingham Business Journal)

OpenVia, a Birmingham-based start-up offering an access control platform for properties via smartphones, recently raised a $1M funding round.

Innovate Alabama Opens Second Round of Grants Funding Tech Businesses (

Innovation Alabama opens for applications for their supplemental grant program, designed to support Alabama innovators and entrepreneurs.

Mass Layoffs Will Result in a Surge in Business Startups — Again (Birmingham Business Journal)

An examination of how recent mass layoffs from the tech and banking sectors could result in a surge in start-up formation.

OpenVia CEO Talks Goals and Growth after Funding Round (Birmingham Business Journal)

Patrick Campbell, CEO of OpenVia, discusses the start-up’s goals after raising a $1 million funding round as well as Birmingham’s business potential.

Prosper’s HealthTech Accelerator Starts Nationwide Search for Next Cohort (Birmingham Business Journal)

Prosper’s HealthTech Accelerator, powered by gener8tor, is accepting applications for their next cohort from health technology start-ups nationwide until February 5th.

Startup Roundup: Meet 3 Local Startups Accomplishing Big Things in Birmingham (Bham Now)

Learn more about Birmingham start-ups Idyllo, OpenVia, and Monthly.

Tech Community Eyes Recruitment Growth, Partnerships, Collaborations in 2023 (Birmingham Business Journal)

Miller Girvin, Tony Summerville, Tanveer Patel, Maria Underwood, and other local entrepreneurs discuss what they foresee for the Birmingham entrepreneurial ecosystem in 2023.

UAB’s HIIE Releases Impact Report. Here’s How Much They Generated in Revenue (Birmingham Business Journal)

In 2022, the UAB Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship celebrated its eighth year in the black, generating $5.6M.

Viewpoint: High-tech Entrepreneurship in Birmingham can Grow (Birmingham Business Journal)

Educator and entrepreneur John R. Whitman shares his thoughts on high-tech entrepreneurship in Birmingham and how the city can emerge as a leader in medical manufacturing.

WineView Lands Massive National Deal, to Expand Footprint (Birmingham Business Journal)

Toast, a multibillion-dollar player in the point-of-sales system space, recently selected Birmingham-founded WineView to provide its integration for wine.