On November 18, 2020, Governor Kay Ivey announced Revive Plus, a $200 million grant program to support small businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Plus is the second wave of funding for these organizations with 50 or fewer employees and will award grants of up to $20,000.
WTVM News Leader 9 has written about Auburn-based SiO2 Materials Science, previously featured here, and their contribution to the COVID-19 vaccine effort: "The biotech company Moderna, said its vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective, and an East Alabama-based company is playing an integral role in that vaccine’s distribution and storage."
Alabama manufacturers and entrepreneurs now have a new resource to help further their innovation, the Additive Manufacturing Accelerator (AMA) in Auburn. The accelerator was established to aid industries and startups as they create and develop new products using advanced additive methods, or 3D printing, in metals and polymers.
Auburn entrepreneurs looking for extra space to foster innovation and develop business ideas have a new home. The New Venture Accelerator -- roughly 7,000 square feet of office space within The Park's new Research and Innovation Center housed with a team of resident experts – will guide startups on how to create business models, identify pricing strategies, and pitch to investors.
Zac Young, a student in Auburn’s Entrepreneurship Program and resident in the New Venture Accelerator, found a way to make power lines safer for linesmen to install, more effective and cost-efficient. Using lessons learned from the entrepreneurship offerings afforded him by Auburn University and the Harbert College of Business, Young is able to cultivate his business idea.
Eight teams of student entrepreneurs at Auburn University were provided lessons in protecting intellectual properties, financial analyses, business law, confidentiality agreements, customer discovery, website and search engine optimization, and more, during the annual eight-week Summer Accelerator Program, sponsored by the Harbert College of Business.
After undertaking a world-wide search for the "best founders -- with tremendous determination, large visions, [and] demonstrated in-depth knowledge of their particular markets", Techstars Sports Accelerator has named Auburn-based Tennibot as one of its ten 2020 class members.
Founded in 2018 by Auburn University chemical engineering postdoctoral fellows Tareq Anani and Barry Yeh with Allan David, the John E. Brown Associate Professor of chemical engineering, NanoXort’s mission is to provide safer diagnostic tools for patient populations that currently receive suboptimum care.
SiO2 Materials Science, located in Auburn Technology Park West, announced yesterday a $143 million agreement with the federal government that will accelerate the company’s production of packaging for storing COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
Bill Dean, a veteran financial and research park executive with more than three decades of experience in developing innovative ideas for research parks, life science parks and biotech incubators, has been selected as the executive director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.