Introducing Innovation to Investment

ACN MISSION

ACN is a community economic development organization facilitating growth in Alabama’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ACN supports Alabama’s most promising innovators through our member network of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, service providers, and corporations. In addition to growth capital, ACN members offer support through mentorship and valuable connections. We are bridging the funding gap faced by Alabama companies in the early growth phase of business. As these companies grow, we will facilitate relationships with additional capital sources to further expand their success.

By supporting successful entrepreneurs, ACN strives to keep and grow innovative business in Alabama and augment the state’s trajectory of economic growth.

WHAT WE DO

CAPITAL ACCESS

For Alabama companies with established traction and interest in expansion, ACN offers a network of sophisticated investors. Our investing members, many of them industry leaders, are passionate about their state’s welfare and eager to support its innovation.

MENTORSHIP

ACN prides itself on being not only a network of capital investors and customers, but also being a pillar of entrepreneurial mentorship. This takes place through educational events and one-on-one connections between entrepreneurs and successful local business people.

CUSTOMER ACQUISITION

ACN’s network of Corporate Impact Partners and Corporate Institutional Supporters allows for ACN to play a matchmaker for startup companies looking for their first few large customers. Leveraging this network has created meaningful sales for entrepreneurs and has allowed for a more rapid acceleration of their sales pipeline.

ADVOCACY

In addition to helping individual companies, ACN supports initiatives benefiting Alabama entrepreneurs at-large. ACN has collaborated with the UAB Commercialization Accelerator and the University of Alabama EDGE Advisory Board to further identify opportunities for improvement and growth. ACN also works closely with the Innovation Depot Velocity Accelerator program and the Alabama Launchpad initiative of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

OUR IMPACT

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What They’re Saying About Us

“ACN was instrumental in facilitating our first raise at QuantHub. The opportunity to tell our story in front of a captive group of investors was invaluable and helped us forge relationships that have been a big part of our success.”

Matt CowellQuantHub

“ACN has opened many doors for our business through investor pitches and introductions. Our largest investor came from an ACN introduction.”

Slade JohnstonTrips 4 Trade

“ACN is such an incredibly deep well of resources for startups in the state of Alabama. Con.doit pitched at the first post-COVID pitch day and had a tremendous response from the ACN community. Our pitch led to several connections that I now count among my most valuable. The ACN network stretches in many directions and is flexible enough to accommodate established companies and early startup ideas alike. I'm glad to see the organization growing and changing to even better fit the rapidly expanding startup scene in the state.”

Ian HoppeCon.doit

“ACN and the team behind it have been an integral part of Vulcan Line Tools journey. Their guidance and mentorship have not only played a large part in growing my company but in my own skills as an entrepreneur. From helping me perfect my presentation, to connecting me with the perfect people to present to, they have allowed me to propel the growth of my company. My experience with ACN has been invaluable and I look forward to seeing what they do for others just like me.”

Zac YoungVulcan Line Tools

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ACN supports Alabama’s most promising innovators through our member network of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, service providers, and corporations. In addition to growth capital, ACN members offer support through mentorship and valuable connections.

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ACN supports Alabama’s most promising innovators through our member network of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, service providers, and corporations. In addition to growth capital, ACN members offer support through mentorship and valuable connections.