Velocity Accelerator launches in Birmingham

No doubt, you’ve heard of West-Coast based accelerator programs TechStars, Y Combinator, and even 500 Startups. What you may not yet know is that home sweet home Birmingham, Alabama is now home to a Global Accelerator-affiliatedaccelerator program: Velocity Accelerator.

Velocity is nestled inside one of the largest startup incubators in the nation: Innovation Depot, which is home to some 104 member companies that employ over 800 people and to a software developer boot camp called Depot/U┬áthat boasts a 95% hire rate for its graduates. During the program, it’s easy for companies to find talent: they can walk down the hall of Innovation Depot and meet with Depot/U front-end and fullstack software developers. And when Velocity companies finish the program, it’s easy for them to transition into the supportive – and cost effective – environment of Birmingham’s epicenter for startups and technology. It’s possibly worth mentioning that the City recently secured a roughly $6M federal grant that is designed to equip and train 925 opportunity youth in the region for technology careers: this training will take place in the UAB iLab at Innovation Depot. Seriously, it’s a real, real good time to be in Birmingham, AL.


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