TechMixer 4.0 Tomorrow Night!

November 5, 2007

It’s time to dust off your mixing skills.  Tomorrow night is the 4th TechMixer event.  This time it will be held at the downtown incubator, the Innovation DepotHope to see you there!!




TechMixer 4.0 date announced…

October 9, 2007
 TechMixer 4.0   unplugged
    11.6.07                               no suits
  5:30 pm                               no booths
  Innovation Depot                      no bags

Mark your calendar for TechMixer 4.0,
Tuesday, November 6th at 5:30 pm. 
This casual event will bring together
Birmingham’s tech crowd to meet fellow
professionals, network, and share ideas.

Join us at Innovation Depot, the newest
hotspot for Birmingham tech companies
and a great place to throw a party!

Enjoy live music, finger food, and a
cash bar while you meet and mingle with
other tech-minded professionals in a fun and
laid-back environment
The last TechMixer drew over 600 attendees,
so remember to forward this invitation
to your friends and colleagues.

You won’t want to miss it. 
As always, there’s no cost to attend!


Tanveer Patel to Address Birmingham Venture Club

July 13, 2007


Birmingham, AL – With mayoral and presidential campaigns in full swing, a desire for “change” is top of mind for people in Birmingham. But, a thirst for change in government is just the beginning. Birmingham’s business and civic communities also are buzzing about ways to enhance life in the Magic City. And, local businesswoman Tanveer Patel is doing her part. Patel, CEO of Birmingham-based technology company CircleSource, will speak about her efforts at the Birmingham Venture Club luncheon on Thursday, July 19 at noon at the Harbert Center.

From setting up a testing center in China to cultivating partnerships between Birmingham and India, Patel is passionate about giving Birmingham an international presence. Locally, she was selected to star in one of three “Change Your Lifestyle” commercials, designed to persuade technology companies outside Birmingham to consider relocating to the Magic City. Patel also participated in the Birmingham Venture Club’s wildly successful Entrepreneurs’ Accelerator Program three years ago. She will talk about these initiatives and more at the luncheon.

Birmingham Venture Club Luncheon
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Registration – 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Luncheon – Noon – 1:15 p.m.
The Harbert Center / 2019 4th Avenue North / Downtown Birmingham to register

The Birmingham Venture Club was founded in 1985 for the purpose of: 1) creating a network for the exchange of information between investors, entrepreneurs and professionals, 2) educating people about the purpose and benefits of venture capital and 3) stimulating investment capital for ventures that are developed in the Birmingham region.
CircleSource offers services that include e-business solutions, enterprise applications and product engineering. It operates out of the Innovation Depot in downtown Birmingham with branch offices in Huntsville and Nashville as well as a wholly owned development center in Bangalore, India.

Walking distance from the Entrepreneurial District

May 18, 2007

I just moved into the Innovation Depot in the Entrepreneurial District recently.  While there’s only a few restaurants, gas stations, or convenience/grocery stores in the district there are a good number only a few blocks walk away.  I figured it’d be fun to catalog them in a Google Map using their “My Maps” functionality.  This is my first attempt at it… next step is to create some methodology for rating these businesses (food quality, hours of operation, etc.).

Click on this map to view the live GoogleMap version…
GoogleMap of Birmingham's Entrepreneurial District

BioDtech to Relocate Corporate Headquarters to Birmingham

April 18, 2007

BDTIBioDtech, Inc. (BDTI) an emerging life science company, today announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters from Nashville, Tennessee to Birmingham, Alabama. The company plans to expand its existing R&D efforts in the new Innovation Depot facility located in the Entrepreneurial District in downtown Birmingham near the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).

“We are making this move to take advantage of an area that combines a strong intellectual talent pool with a world class research facility so that we can continue to execute our plan to profitability, while building our company for the future,” commented Michael Pepe, President and CEO of BDTI.

The company anticipates relocation of its headquarters to be complete by July 2007. BDTI will continue to operate production and distribution from its existing Nashville facility located in the Nashville Business Incubation Center (NBIC) located at Tennessee State University.

BioDtech, Inc. will be presenting its strategic plans at the 9th C21 BioVentures conference in Monterey, California from May 22-24, 2007.

About BDTI
BioDtech, Inc. was founded in 2003 to accelerate the development of technologically advanced products geared toward the endotoxin market. BDTI’s current product line gives researchers the necessary reagents to detect, neutralize and remove endotoxin from their test samples. In the future BDTI anticipates that its technology will change the way biological toxins are monitored and handled. To learn more about BDTI, visit

BDTI is a registered trademark of BioDtech, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Innovation Depot Bags a Baker

April 2, 2007

The Birmingham Business Journal reported the following in this past Friday’s paper:

The Bakery at Culinard will open a location in downtown’s new Innovation Depot, in the heart of Birmingham’s entrepreneurial district. The newly constructed incubator on First Avenue North will house the bakery’s first venture over the mountain from its base in Homewood.

Vista Engineering Inc. Receives SBIR Grant

January 26, 2007

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The National Science Foundation has awarded a Phase I SBIR grant to Vista Engineering Inc. The grant will enable Birmingham-based Vista Engineering to conduct further research around the development of Submicron Thick Nanostructured Diamond (NSD) Films and is effective until June 30, 2007. The anticipated results of this SBIR research include the first NSD data on X-ray transparency, adherence, and the abrasive-wear properties of submicron film.

The proposed activity will also have a broader impact, because the commercial value of hard, ultra-smooth, adherent NSD films in the submicron and nano-ranges are just now being explored. Vista’s nanostructured diamond processes is unique because it can produce an extremely smooth and hard layer of diamond in cutting applications that test its adhesion and abrasive wear in extreme conditions. The need for micron and submicron films that have extreme properties can be immediately found in radiation windows and lithography-like tools subjected to abrasion and wear. Evidence of the commercial value of NSD film is found in the broad industry support of this research for immediate use in X-ray windows.

The application of Vista’s NSD coatings and films find commercial value because they extend the life of products, reduce pollution, reduce energy use, and facilitate efficient recycling. Each of these outcomes has specific, quantifiable positive effects for business and society.

About Vista Engineering: Vista Engineering, a resident company at OADI Technology Center, is a materials research, development and consulting firm dedicated to the creation of innovative, cost-effective solutions for materials design and application problems. Vista’s mission is to help its clients be successful by providing research-based, practical solutions for their materials needs and problems. The company’s areas of expertise include: materials research and application development in diamond coatings; materials processing technologies including welding, casting, forging and machining; and solutions-focused, situation-specific computer modeling of materials and their processing and application.

About OADI: The Office for the Advancement of Developing Industries (OADI) is the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) incubator for technology-based businesses. OADI’s mission is to provide Birmingham entrepreneurs with a unique environment to increase their company’s opportunities for success. By providing affordable office/lab space, professional and support services, and access to the University’s resources, OADI fosters entrepreneurial ideas from the early stages of company development through graduation from the incubator.