A total of eight Birmingham companies will compete May 9 for $100,000 as the latest stop in a entrepreneurial seed money bus tour.
The fourth "Rise of the Rest" tour, from Washington D.C.-based Revolution fund, is promoting tech startups through the tour, which is making stops in Birmingham, Dallas, Memphis, Chattanooga and Louisville.
Participants get four minutes to pitch, and another four minutes to answer questions.
Among the competitors are three Innovation Depot members and an Alabama Launchpad winner.
The founders of one of the companies spent Thursday night celebrating. Ashlee Ammons and her mother, Kerry Schrader, are the owners of Mixtroz, an app that helps people connect and engage at networking events. It simultaneously matches attendees with two to nine other people using similar responses and allows people to connect easily. Mixtroz was featured on an episode of A&E's "Rooster & Butch" program.
Ammons said the news left her "jazzed," while Schrader, her mother, confessed she needed a nap after "burning myself out" from excitement.
"We think everything comes in the timing that it's supposed to," Ammons said. "It all feels so right, and we're so excited for the opportunity."
Other competitors will be:
O3 solution, a SaaS application company.
Smart Alto, a real estate agent text messaging program.
S(w)ervice, which assists auto shop owners with customer experience.
Shine E Solar, offering community garden launch kits for urban lots.
Eugene's Hot Chicken, a community kitchen for Birmingham food trucks.
Tappas, a mobile application testing assist.
Help Lightning, a communication assist using merged virtual reality for problem solving.