Innovation Portal is a nonprofit incubator and innovation hub accelerating startup growth in the Gulf Coast region.

Innovation Portal provides a growth-focused space and community for entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives to work and connect. In addition to amazing workspace, we provide targeted programming to encourage successful launch, development, and scaling of local ventures.

We are building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic startup ecosystem and value our strategic partnerships with community organizations and leaders. We design services, programs, and activities to build community and support founders and their successful advancement through the startup lifecycle.

We’re a small, impact-driven team hell-bent on cultivating economic development, diversity, and health in our region.

Staff

  • View bio

    Todd Greer

    Executive Director

    Executive Director

    Todd Greer

    With two decades of on-the-ground work in a wide variety of organizations, Todd Greer comes to Innovation Portal with a background as an experienced startup advisor, community builder, facilitator, capacity building guide, and leadership development consultant. Prior to serving as the Executive Director of Innovation Portal, Greer previously served in multiple capacities at the University of Mobile, first as Dean of the School of Business, then Vice Provost, and finally as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Todd holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership with a major in human resource development from Regent University. He has served as a board member and instructor for many Mobile-area organizations including the Minority Business Accelerator, I-Corps, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, the United Way of Southwest Alabama, and Mobile United and currently serves on the boards of Innovation PortAL, Real Advice Mentoring Program (RAMP), Springboard to Success Inc., and ForMidtown. He is an advisor to many local nonprofits and startups. Besides love for hometown sports teams in Southeast Michigan, Todd is deeply passionate about growing entrepreneurial leaders and increasing the capacity of local nonprofit organizations.

    Contact Todd at todd@innovation-portal.com

  • View bio

    Nick Hampton

    Programs Manager

    Programs Manager

    Nick Hampton

    Contact Nick at nick@innovation-portal.com

  • View bio

    Khadeeja Ahmaad

    Operations Manager

    Operations Manager

    Khadeeja Ahmaad

    Contact Khadeeja at khadeeja@innovation-portal.com

  • View bio

    Alina Schweizer

    Special Projects Assistant

    Special Projects Assistant

    Alina Schweizer

  • View bio

    Mariam El-Sharkh

    Programs Intern

    Programs Intern

    Mariam El-Sharkh

  • View bio

    Moira Buck

    Digital Media Intern

    Digital Media Intern

    Moira Buck

Board of Directors

  • View bio

    Henry O'Connor

    Board Chair - Jones Walker, Partner

    Board Chair - Jones Walker, Partner

    Henry O'Connor

  • View bio

    Wes Cronkite

    Board Vice Chair - TruBridge, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

    Board Vice Chair - TruBridge, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

    Wes Cronkite

  • View bio

    Beth Branch

    Alabama Port Authority, Chief Commercial Officer

    Alabama Port Authority, Chief Commercial Officer

    Beth Branch

  • View bio

    Michael Chambers

    University of South Alabama, Associate Vice President of Research

    University of South Alabama, Associate Vice President of Research

    Michael Chambers

  • View bio

    Neil Christopher

    Precision IBC, CFO

    Precision IBC, CFO

    Neil Christopher

  • View bio

    Kristi Galloway

    Regions Bank, Community Affairs

    Regions Bank, Community Affairs

    Kristi Galloway

  • View bio

    Abe Harper

    Harper Technologies, President

    Harper Technologies, President

    Abe Harper

  • View bio

    Anitra Henderson

    Lyvve Strategies & SCHOOLS, CEO

    Lyvve Strategies & SCHOOLS, CEO

    Anitra Henderson

  • View bio

    George Hunter

    Spire, Economic Development - Large Commercial and Industrial

    Spire, Economic Development - Large Commercial and Industrial

    George Hunter

  • View bio

    Frank Lott

    Heritage Family Homes, President

    Heritage Family Homes, President

    Frank Lott

  • View bio

    Trice Stabler

    Maynard Cooper, Shareholder | Corporate, Securities & Tax

    Maynard Cooper, Shareholder | Corporate, Securities & Tax

    Trice Stabler

  • View bio

    Mike Stashak

    Entrepreneur

    Entrepreneur

    Mike Stashak

  • View bio

    Elizabeth Thomas

    External Affairs Manager, Alabama Power

    External Affairs Manager, Alabama Power

    Elizabeth Thomas

  • View bio

    Hayley Van Antwerp

    Founding Executive Director

    Founding Executive Director

    Hayley Van Antwerp

  • View bio

    Mel Washington

    SBDC, Regional Manager for South Alabama

    SBDC, Regional Manager for South Alabama

    Mel Washington

  • View bio

    Gia Wiggins

    Auditocity, Founder

    Auditocity, Founder

    Gia Wiggins

  • View bio

    Matt Zarzour

    Zarzour Companies, Chief Operating Officer

    Zarzour Companies, Chief Operating Officer

    Matt Zarzour

Ecosystem + Partners

Donors

In-Kind Donors

Let's talk business.

Contact Us