Mission

Our Mission

Innovate Birmingham is a nonprofit organization working to promote economic mobility and fill the tech talent gap in Central Alabama.

Our Vision

Equitable economic prosperity in our tech ecosystem.

Our Story

Innovate Birmingham, formerly I am Bham, Inc., became a registered 501(c)3 in 2016 following the award of the US Department of Labor’s America’s Promise grant. Led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a coalition of over 15 community partners and 30 employers came together to solve two problems: (1) meet the demand of an IT workforce growing at the second-fastest pace in the country; (2) harness the potential of under- and unemployed residents in Central Alabama.

Innovate Birmingham and our partners are driven by a shared belief: talent is distributed equally in our community but opportunity is not. Our programs are designed to address this challenge by identifying talent needs with employers; connecting with area residents who are disconnected from the labor market; and providing holistic support, professional development, and training for our students.

As a demand-driven nonprofit organization, our programs are updated and aligned with industry needs along with input from employers and participants.