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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

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    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

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    Now Hiring

    Program Coordinator

    Program Coordinator

    Now Hiring

    We’re looking for a Program Coordinator. Applicants should have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, startups, technology, venture capital, business development, and work to have their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in and outside of the Mobile-area startup community. Success in this position will be manifested through the development and maintenance of an efficient process for sourcing companies along with coordinating, managing, and providing startup coaching to both individual startups and cohorts.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field required, Master’s degree preferred, Proven track record working in or with growth-oriented startups.

    If this sounds like you, check the full job post & apply!

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    Khadeeja Ahmaad

    Community Coordinator

    Community Coordinator

    Khadeeja Ahmaad

    Contact Khadeeja at khadeeja@innovation-portal.com

Board of Directors

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    Henry O'Connor

    Board Chair - Jones Walker, Partner

    Board Chair - Jones Walker, Partner

    Henry O'Connor

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    Hayley Van Antwerp

    Board Vice Chair - Founding Executive Director

    Board Vice Chair - Founding Executive Director

    Hayley Van Antwerp

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    Charles Byrum III

    Alabama Pipe Welders Academy, Scottsman Tools Founder

    Alabama Pipe Welders Academy, Scottsman Tools Founder

    Charles Byrum III

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    Michael Chambers

    University of South Alabama, Associate Vice President of Research

    University of South Alabama, Associate Vice President of Research

    Michael Chambers

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    Caroline Crumley

    Benson Capital Partners, Director

    Benson Capital Partners, Director

    Caroline Crumley

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    Kristi Galloway

    Regions Bank, Community Affairs

    Regions Bank, Community Affairs

    Kristi Galloway

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    Coleman Greene

    Entrepreneur

    Entrepreneur

    Coleman Greene

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    Abe Harper

    Harper Technologies, President

    Harper Technologies, President

    Abe Harper

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    Frank Lott

    Heritage Family Homes, President

    Heritage Family Homes, President

    Frank Lott

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    Trice Stabler

    Maynard Cooper, Shareholder | Corporate, Securities & Tax

    Maynard Cooper, Shareholder | Corporate, Securities & Tax

    Trice Stabler

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    Mike Stashak

    Entrepreneur

    Entrepreneur

    Mike Stashak

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    Karen Sullivan

    Red Square, Digital Production Director

    Red Square, Digital Production Director

    Karen Sullivan

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    Elizabeth Thomas

    External Affairs Manager, Alabama Power

    External Affairs Manager, Alabama Power

    Elizabeth Thomas

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    Mel Washington

    SBDC, Regional Manager for South Alabama

    SBDC, Regional Manager for South Alabama

    Mel Washington

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    Matt Zarzour

    Zarzour Companies, Chief Operating Officer

    Zarzour Companies, Chief Operating Officer

    Matt Zarzour

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