Entrepreneur Accelerator Program

James Childs, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings & Founder, Entrepreneur Accelerator Program


The Birmingham Venture Club’s Entrepreneur Accelerator Program is our region’s premiere initiative for bringing high performing entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professional service providers and national experts together for the purpose of accelerating high growth businesses through education, mentoring and networking.

The graduate ranks of our Entrepreneur Accelerator Program reads much like a high-growth business Who’s Who in Birmingham. Launched in 2004, it remains the most dynamic Leadership Development and Entrepreneurial Networking program in Central Alabama.

Through the program, participants build relationships with other high caliber entrepreneurs—in addition to funders, mentors and other proven leaders who help grow high quality businesses.
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Registration Opening Fall 2015


The Entrepreneur Accelerator Program’s mission is “To equip the most promising entrepreneurs in the Birmingham area with the knowledge, access to resources and ongoing mentoring relationships that are essential to establishing and rapidly growing successful businesses.”

The program is designed to give our community’s most promising entrepreneurs the best possible opportunity to establish and build successful companies. Call it a “boot camp” for entrepreneurs, if you will. In addition to the educational training most boot camps provide, we pool our community’s resources—providing class members with access to the resources they need to build successful business; not to mention mentoring teams for growing their businesses after graduation from the program.

While the program is not limited by industry, enrollees typically come from high growth businesses in the Birmingham area. We define broadly “entrepreneurs” to include: Company founders, individuals planning start-up businesses, and individuals playing key roles in building successful businesses.

Curriculum and Schedule

Our kick-off event is typically held during the Venture Club’s September Membership Meeting, and the program usually concludes at the Club’s Annual Meeting in mid-December. Graduates of the Accelerator program are recognized before the Club’s membership in a graduation ceremony during the Annual Meeting.

The program’s weekly / bi-weekly meetings cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • Market Validation
  • Product or Service Development
  • Preparing Business Plans
  • Raising Capital
  • Building Management Teams and Boards of Directors
  • Sales, Marketing and Advertising

Our all-afternoon classes begin at noon with lunch, followed by: A period of specific expert instruction; a hands-on workshop; and a panel discussion by local and regional experts on the day’s subject matter. Each class concludes with cocktail networking, which ends around 6:00 p.m. Some stand-alone events may also be scheduled for class members throughout the year.

2014 DATES
July 1- EAP Applications accepted
August TBD – Membership Mixer featuring information on the EAP Program.
August 31- Application deadline September
24- Membership Luncheon introducing the 11th Anniversary EAP Class.

For more information about becoming a class participant, speaker or mentor for this program, please contact Lauren Morgan at administrator@birminghamventure.com

Candidates for the program can be nominated or submit self-nominations. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

The program is limited to twelve (12) class members. Each nomination must clearly demonstrate the candidate’s strong potential to become a successful entrepreneur. Program tuition is $1,850 and must be paid before the first class begins.

Nominees commit to attend all of the scheduled classes and mentor dinners in order to enter the program. Failure to attend at least 80% of the ten to twelve scheduled classes and events will result in dismissal from the program.



“I became associated with the Birmingham Venture Club through the Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, a program so useful it changed my perspective of my business and how I see new opportunities. Since that time, I continue to participate for two specific reasons: I find great value in the business networking opportunities and the organizations focus on bringing speakers of great value. I actually participate in fewer organizations these day, but the value of the BVC makes it worth my time.”
—Glenn Phillips, Forte Inc.


Entrepreneur Accelerator News



Atlas RFID Solutions was honored to receive numerous awards in 2013, including the National Business Incubation Association “Outstanding Incubator Client” in the technology category, the MobileDemand “2012 Partner of the Year” for the Jovix™ solution, and the “Governor’s Trade Excellence Award” for international trade, which was presented at the state capitol by Governor Robert Bentley.

Many of Atlas’s subject matter experts have been asked to present at various events, including: the StartUp Summit, JWN Group’s Speaker Series and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM User Group Meeting.

The Atlas RFID e-commerce division has launched a number of new interactive tools, including: A live chat feature on the Atlas RFID Store website. A new blog, which provides timely, relevant information & education on the RFID market — and includes entertaining weekly interviews & commentary in the “News with Suze” vodcast series.

Lake Homes Realty announces Glenn S. Phillips as CEO and Doris Phillips as COO. Glenn is a 2004 graduate of the Venture Club’s EAP program and Doris is a 2006 graduate.

Also, Lake Homes Realty has updated its website, LakeHomes.com, reflecting the company’s new capability as a full service real estate company, and the addition of exclusive real estate agents.

Focusing exclusively on lake homes, land and lots, the company is using Alabama as the starting point in its long-range plan to become the premier site lake real estate for buyers and sellers nationwide.

Duncan Lamb, a regional Apartment Locator manager and Innovation Depot resident, announced that Select My Space has opened its 5th new branch in the last 18 months.

Locations now include Birmingham, Hoover, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville and Atlanta, with plans to open new branches in two additional major cities before Winter, 2014.

2014 EAP Graduates:

Bill Abel Luckie

Louis Anderson Fire Rock Products

KaseyBirdsong MyChurchCircle.com power by GroopYoo Technologies, LLC

Patrick Campbell Paperless PCS, LLC

Dewar Gaines Abracadabra Health

Marland Hayes Icebox Coffee

Robert Hergenrother Southern Research Institute

Tim McCarrell High Ground Solutions

Gary Scoggins EnerSysNet

Gray Shipley Movi Medical

Mike Tarwater Atherotech, Inc.