5 Alabama startups chosen for Bronze Valley Accelerator

Bronze Valley Accelerator
Participating startups range from waste management to content generation. Photo via Bronze Valley Accelerator’s website

Business is booming in Alabama! On May 13, nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor announced the five companies that will participate in its Summer 2021 Bronze Valley Accelerator program. The accelerator focuses on supporting female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. Find out which startups made the cut.

Meet Bronze Valley

People Talking At Bronze Valley Accelerator
Participants enjoy one-on-one mentoring meetings. Photo via Bronze Valley Accelerator’s website

Bronze Valley is a nonprofit, early-stage investment platform with the aim of supporting diverse and underrepresented companies. The Bronze Valley Accelerator Program is a program of gener8tor, a platform for the creative economy.

Over 150 startups from Alabama and beyond applied to be a part of the program, which provides intense coaching and mentorship for the startups to gain customer traction and pitch to investors.

“Because it provides valuable guidance and mentorship at a pivotal moment in the life cycle of a startup, the Bronze Valley Accelerator represents a key component in our strategic efforts to grow and nourish the innovation ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs across the state.”

Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

The five chosen startups participate in one-on-one coaching meetings with the Bronze Valley Accelerator and gener8tor teams and over 25 mentors. While startups outside of Alabama can apply, the program requires in-person participation in Birmingham.

Get to know the cohort of startups

Gener8Tor
Bronze Valley Accelerator requires no fees or equity. Photo via Bronze Valley Accelerator’s website

1. Avenue

Avenue’s all about making your online connections IRL relationships. Users can check into locations and connect with other users who are at the same location. Avenue piloted at the University of Alabama with over 800 beta users and is launching in June 2021.

2. frakktal

frakktal reduces waste emissions and pollutants by creating upcycled products from discarded materials like end-of-life tires.

3. MyTAASK

MyTAASK has the goal of making it easier to juggle family and career. It connects users’ and projects to their community to automate repetitive tasks.

4. PaperAI

PaperAI generates customizable and affordable fanfiction for fan communities with natural language processing models. It launched its beta in February 2021 and already has 50 users.

5. Ziscuit

Another startup that’s perfect for busy people everywhere, Ziscuit saves shoppers time and money by having grocery stores bid to fulfill their shopping lists. This allows shoppers to buy what they need at prices 20% to 30% cheaper than their primary stores.

The Bronze Valley Accelerator Pitch Night is June 30

Bronze Valley Accelerator Pitch Night
In 2020, participants virtually shared their pitches. Photo via Bronze Valley Accelerator

At the end of the seven weeks, each of the startups participates in the Bronze Valley Accelerator Pitch Night. This virtual event is free to the public, so RSVP if you want to learn more about the companies.

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