Ignite Alabama - Sparking Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Alabama

Ignite Alabama spotlights Alabama start-ups and entrepreneurs who are building a 21st century economy in Alabama. The show also covers the latest research and technology that paves the way for innovation in business. The mission of Ignite Alabama is to spark innovation, creativity, and new ideas that empower and equip Alabama residents to start businesses and grow Alabama's economy. Ignite Alabama is a Shinecast® show by Sheree Martin.
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Aug 25, 2015

E. J. Reedy of the Kauffman Foundation is the guest to talk about the 2015 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity. We cover the Index methodology and look at some of the characteristics of Alabama's dismal 49th place ranking.

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Aug 18, 2015

Greg Sheek, director of Launchpad Programs, gives us an in-depth look at the Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

Greg describes the Launchpad startup competition, time frame for submission (currently running 3x per year), and the types of feedback that entrepreneurs who go through the competition receive throughout the process.

Greg also provides an overview of the annual Innovation Conference and SBIR grant assistance provided through the Launchpad programs.

This year's Innovation Conference is set for September 2, 2015 in Birmingham.

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Aug 11, 2015

Tony Megna, founder of BDI Labs, is the guest on episode 9 of Ignite Alabama.

He gives a look at MediaBit, the first product in the Internet of Things product line that BDI Labs will roll out over the next few years.

BDI Labs recently finished its season with the GIGTANK Accelerator Program in Chattanooga and is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign that will end August 22, 2015.

BDI Labs is based in Huntsville, Alabama.

In addition to telling us about the MediaBit, Tony offers up some great tips and advice for start-up entrepreneurs.

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Aug 8, 2015

"Fear of Failure" is a theme that has come up frequently in early episodes of Ignite Alabama and in my general conversations about what holds people back from becoming an entrepreneur or taking action to go for a goal or dream.

Dr. Gabriella Cacciotti's research centers on the "fear of failure" concept as it relates to entrepreneurship. We spoke recently via Skype about her doctoral research on the concept of fear of failure and the excellent literature review paper she published in 2014 with Professor James Hayton through the Enterprise Research Centre in England.

This is the first "theory" focused episode of Ignite Alabama and Dr. Cacciotti provides an excellent summation of her research which reveals inconsistencies in the conceptualization of "fear of failure" and varied approaches to classifying and measuring this somewhat ephemeral concept.

We go a little deep but if you are interested why it can be challenging to "get your head around" fear of failure I think you will enjoy this episode.

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