One of our final 3 companies from BSW1, FindASpeaker, has made the latest cut in the Alabama Launchpad Business Plan Competition. 

“The purpose of the Alabama Launchpad Business Plan Competition is to promote and reward marketable high-growth, technology-based ventures that have the potential to attract future funding. The competition is for new, independent ventures in the seed, start-up or early growth stages, or for the expansion of an existing business into a new high-growth market. It should be noted that a different panel of judges will be used in each phase.”

The organization just announced the semifinalists today.  The next cut comes in March 2008.  We wish Craig Huggart all the best!


Craig Huggart, who worked diligently on during our business development weekend, has an interesting account of his experience at “Confessions Of A Tech Barn Raiser” – worth the read!

Nine local business teams have made the cut for a one-of-a-kind event that kicks off at the Innovation Depot 6pm this Friday, November 2nd. The Birmingham Startup event ( has selected a handful of Birmingham based entrepreneurs to participate in the first of two back-to-back weekends that will culminate in the launch of a brand new Internet-based company.

This Friday, the nine teams will bring their Internet-based business ideas to the Innovation Depot in downtown Birmingham, ready to work through an intense round-the-clock business boot camp. By Sunday afternoon, investors and analysts will have selected the three most promising concepts. The three finalists will go on to formally present or “pitch” their company to a panel of judges Sunday evening, after which a vote will be taken and a winner will be announced.

The winning business team will participate in part-two of the event that takes place the following weekend beginning on Friday, November 9th. During the second weekend Birmingham’s best software developers, graphic artists, and project managers will join in the effort and converge on the Innovation Depot campus to slingshot the winning concept into reality with two days and nights of massive action!

The lead entrepreneurs chosen for the event and their business/product ideas are as follows:

  1. Dannielle Branam / Pleasant Grove – Party-Extras
  2. Allan Branch / Helena – LessTimeSpent
  3. Chris Freeman / Vestavia Hills – social network analysis
  4. Craig Huggart / Birmingham – web-based speaker bureau
  5. Duncan Lamb / Vestavia Hills – Sous Chef
  6. George Mizzell / Vestavia Hills – web-based instructional materials
  7. Harris Reynolds / Helena – NimbleLabs
  8. Jim Sutton / Birmingham – CrossConneXion
  9. Andy Tillman / Hoover – LeagueDepot

Each entrepreneur is bringing a small team to run through the weekend process. The organizers of the event will surround the entrepreneur teams with additional resources and provide specific training in topics important to the success of the endeavors, regardless of whether they are chosen to participate in the implementation weekend.

There is still time for developers, graphic artist, etc. to sign-up to participate in the second weekend. Those who register by this Friday morning will be invited to the Sunday night presentations and will cast a vote for the winning team.