On Aug. 30, the Montgomery Space Chamber of Commerce will open the doorways of The Lab on Dexter, a modern entrepreneurial studying and innovation facility. Positioned on Montgomery’s historic Dexter Avenue, The Lab will present a collaborative studying atmosphere for entrepreneurs, with the aim of making a sustainable social and tech innovation ecosystem.
“Montgomery continues to domesticate a profitable and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed mentioned. “The Lab on Dexter will leverage our distinctive cultural and IT belongings with the wants of tech corporations and small and minority enterprise startups. I look ahead to the probabilities this venture will carry to our neighborhood.”
That includes small enterprise suites and co-working areas for lease, tech and entrepreneurial coaching, and an environment that encourages collaboration, The Lab will assist solidify Montgomery’s place as an innovation middle and improve town’s popularity as a middle of excellence for defense-related companies. Along with the Montgomery Chamber’s TechMGM initiative and the Metropolis of Montgomery, companions in The Lab are Montgomery County, the Montgomery TechLab (which will likely be housed within the new facility) and Alabama Energy.
“This venture is one other nice instance of the methods Montgomery’s private and non-private companions work collectively daily to offer better alternative and entry for small and minority companies,” mentioned Montgomery County Fee Chair Elton N. Dean. “The Lab on Dexter will likely be a cornerstone of our rising tech and innovation district, offering important house, coaching and neighborhood engagement.”
Steven Reed, mayor of Montgomery (contributed)
Elton N. Dean, chair, Montgomery County Fee (contributed)
Anna Buckalew, president & CEO, Montgomery Space Chamber of Commerce (contributed)
Charisse Stokes, govt director, TechMGM (contributed)
Institution of The Lab is a direct outgrowth of Montgomery TechLab and different TechMGM initiatives to speed up entrepreneurship and innovation. It can home packages offering entry to assets, networking alternatives and tools, in addition to capital.
“Because the chamber prepares for its a hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 2022, we’re leaning ahead to speed up development,” mentioned Anna Buckalew, president and CEO of the Montgomery Space Chamber. She famous that the chamber and its public sector companions beforehand established two Air Power-related innovation facilities. She mentioned The Lab on Dexter will present “a robust dedication to underrepresented, minority and women-owned companies.”
Following its grand opening Aug. 30, The Lab on Dexter will host quarterly workshops and informational periods to offer corporations with steerage about rising their enterprise. Among the many matters will likely be funds, digital literacy and constructing a social media presence. The Lab will even host roundtable discussions on enterprise growth matters and supply mentoring packages centered on greatest practices and classes discovered by established enterprise homeowners.
“The Lab on Dexter supplies a brand new means for Montgomery’s numerous tech and entrepreneurial communities to collaborate and deepen their digital, engineering and enterprise expertise,” mentioned TechMGM Govt Director Charisse Stokes. “The Lab will likely be a catalyst to reinvigorate our small enterprise growth efforts.”
The grand opening of The Lab on Dexter will happen at 11 a.m. Aug. 30, at 150 Dexter Ave in downtown Montgomery. The occasion is open to the general public.