Nine innovative startups bring the future of energy to Birmingham

Over the past 13 weeks, startups from across North America have come to Birmingham and have worked diligently to develop their businesses, with a focus on innovative solutions for utilities and the energy industry.

On Tuesday, December 7th, nine entrepreneurs participating in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator will present their groundbreaking ideas at Demo Day in Birmingham. The event is public; registration is required.

Founders of this second grade accelerator traveled from seven states and Canada to participate in the program. The companies specialize in technologies and business models to improve the energy future, including artificial intelligence (AI) for the power grid, renewable energies, consumer sustainability and weather forecasting.

The Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is the only Techstars Accelerator in the world that focuses on energy. Through its corporate accelerators, Techstars partners with companies to add industry expertise through mentoring, business development opportunities and access to resources. Alabama Power is Techstars’ first utility partner.

The EnergyTech Accelerator was one of the most successful in techstars history, raising more than $ 30 million in capital for first class in 2019, and companies are committed to maintaining a presence in Alabama.

The accelerator is supported by Alabama Power, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), the Alabama Department of Commerce, Altec, PowerSouth, the University of Alabama, and Southern Research. Supporters play a key role in the accelerator process with the common goal of expanding Alabama’s startup ecosystem.

“Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator second grade brought some of the brightest minds and entrepreneurs to the state of Alabama this fall,” said Tony Smoke, senior vice president of Marketing and Economic Development, Alabama Power. “We can already see the success of this year’s course and the investments you are making in the energy industry.”

Techstars Energy Innovator Demo Day in Birmingham from the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo is approaching.

Class members are:

Accelerate wind

St. Louis

Making wind energy generation on commercial buildings affordable.

Founder: Erika Boeing, CEO

Bird stop

San Francisco

Automated inspection and monitoring of physical assets.

Founder: Keith Miao, CEO; Robert Reynoso

Flux hybrids

Raleigh, North Carolina

A system for converting vehicles to plug-in hybrids at a price that pays off.

Founder: Micha Ulrich, CEO; Cody Biedermann, Clay Dowdey

HData

Joliet, Illinois

Automation of energy regulation data and business intelligence.

Founder: Hudson Hollister, CEO; Yuval Lubowich, CTO

Chepra

San Francisco

Get petroleum out of the chemical industry by electrifying chemical reactors and replacing petrochemicals with waste-based alternatives.

Founder: Julie Kring, CEO

Modules

Montreal Canada

Smart energy storage platform designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent energy overproduction and postpone peak consumption times.

Founder: Jonathan Lamer, CEO; Mario Leboeuf, Alvaro Macías Fernández, Alexandre Gibeault

Notable AI

Stamford, Connecticut

Vehicle mounted computer vision for power grid inspection.

Founder: Chris Ricciuti, CEO

Sunairio

Baltimore

Weather simulation for predicting renewable energies.

Founder: Rob Cirincione, CEO; Mitch Walk

Sustaio

Telluride, Colorado

The app for building sustainable habits makes introducing a climate-friendly lifestyle easy and empowering.

Founder: Olivia Pedersen, CEO

Members of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator's Class of 2021, comprised of nine energy startups, are participating in a program at Techstars headquarters. (Post)

Members of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator’s Class of 2021, consisting of nine energy startups, are participating in a program at Techstars headquarters. (contributed)

The Flux Hybrids team works at Techstars. (Contributed)

The Flux Hybrids team works at Techstars. (contributed)

Members of the Sunairio, Noteworthy AI, and HData teams enjoy a Techstars program. (Contributed)

Members of the Sunairio, Noteworthy AI and HData teams enjoy a Techstars program. (contributed)

Techstars Program Manager Brooke Gillis and Managing Director Nate Schmidt. (Contributed)

Techstars program manager Brooke Gillis and managing director Nate Schmidt. (contributed)

Employees and startups to launch Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator for 2021. (Contributed)

Employees and startups are launching the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator for 2021. (Contributed)

The Birdstop team demonstrates its remote sensing technology at a power plant in Alabama. (Post)

The Birdstop team demonstrates its remote sensing technology at a power plant in Alabama. (contributed)

The headquarters of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Acclerator in Birmingham. (Contributed)

The headquarters of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Acclerator in Birmingham. (contributed)

Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is committed to helping energy startups grow and mature. (Contributed)

Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator employees are committed to helping energy startups grow and mature. (contributed)

Birmingham Tech company founders volunteered to help some of the founders in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator Class of 2021. (Contributed)

The founders of technology companies from Birmingham offered their assistance to some of the founders in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator Class of 2021. (Contributed)

The TechStars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator's Class of 2021 begins its journey. (Contributed)

TechStars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator’s Class of 2021 begins its journey. (contributed)

Throughout the program, the founders worked with more than 120 mentors from companies and communities across the state. Renowned Birmingham founders including Shegun Otulana, Chris Hastings and Jim Cavale have hosted Founder Story events designed to teach teams about entrepreneurship.

“I’m so proud of this year’s course,” said Nate Schmidt, CEO of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. “They came to us from completely outside of Alabama and embraced our program and our city in ways that I could never have imagined. You spend long hours working and then head out to see all of the wonders of Alabama, from hiking and the outdoors to Saws BBQ and everything in between. We are fortunate to have this class in Alabama and I can’t wait to see their success after the program. “

Join Techstars Demo Day on Tuesday December 7th to learn more from the founders who are leading the way in energy technology. The live event starts at 4 p.m. with cocktails. The pitches start at 5:00 p.m., followed immediately by a food and drink reception with the opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs. The event will take place at the Red Mountain Theater Arts Campus, 1600 Third Ave. S., Birmingham, Alabama, 35233. Register online.

For more information, please visit https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/alabama-power.

Read profiles of Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator’s Class of 2021: HData, Noteworthy AI, Accelerate Wind, Flux Hybrids, Khepra, Sustaio, Moduly, Sunairio and Birdstop.

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