The right place to innovate and create.
Where ANYTHING is possible.
Birmingham is and has always been a city where anything is possible.
Where entrepreneurs, visionaries and doers transformed open fields into the industrial capital of the South. Where passionate people transformed the world during the Civil Rights era. Where technology and innovation transformed a dirty past into a modern, progressive future.
The Switch is the best of Birmingham.
Rooted in our past and squarely focused on our future, The Switch is our place. Our place to prototype, connect and share. To showcase ideas and success. A destination for new business to thrive. And, a source of great pride for all Birmingham.
What is an Innovation District?
The Brookings Institute defines innovation districts as “geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions (Innovation Depot) and companies cluster and connect with startups, business incubators and accelerators. They are also physically compact, transit-accessible and technically-wired with mixed-use housing nearby, office and retail.”
does this mean
The Switch is a designated area within Birmingham’s city center where creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, students and tech-savvy innovators can collaborate to conceive and launch new ideas.
The goal of The Switch is to provide a defined area to expand the work that happens at Innovation Depot. Such an area will, in time, attract new business, aid the region’s economic development efforts and provide property owners and land developers a blueprint for what an innovative community for Birmingham can look like.
An Innovation District for Birmingham does this by designating and supporting a place in the downtown core where businesses focused on technology and innovation can cluster, support one another, accelerate growth and thrive.
QUESTIONS? We have answers.
The Switch is being crafted by a group of organizations all focused on building a better Birmingham through innovation and entrepreneurship. Through these partners we offer the best support, resources and information available. Learn more about each of our partners by clicking the logos below.