The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization with its own Board of Directors comprised of top entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the state dedicated to supporting workforce development, emerging businesses and community development initiatives. The EDPA Foundation partners with seven research universities in Alabama to promote and reward high-growth, innovative companies through its Alabama Launchpad program. The Foundation Programs/Activities:
- Alabama Launchpad encourages and support innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship in Alabama.
- Alabama Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Support Program aims to increase the success rate and competitiveness of SBIR/STTR applicants in the state.
- Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference offers networking opportunities and is a showcase for the incredible innovation and startup activity across Alabama. The conference is the state’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs, startups, innovative companies and university leaders in the state.