Businesses are already making the “Switch.”
Pack Health provides internet-based platforms for coaching individuals who are managing chronic medical conditions. The company was founded at Innovation Depot in 2013 by Will Wright and Mazi Rasulnia. As he company expanded, it grew into numerous office spaces at Innovation Depot. Then, in 2016 Pack Health bought a 7,000 square-foot office building at 3613 6th Avenue South.
In 2018, Pack Health entered into a strategic investment partnership with the Boston-based medical liability insurer Coverys. That same year the company partnered with Alabama Power, the Alabama Department of Commerce, REV Birmingham, the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County Commission and the Birmingham Business Alliance on public incentives for a $2.9 million expansion and return to the downtown area. They joined with the Omega Realty Group to take over the lease on the former Entrepreneurial Center building at 110 12th Street North on the current western boundary of The Switch. Since renamed the “Pack Health Building,” the company has also provided office space for other medical technology start-ups recruited to Birmingham through the efforts of the Alabama Futures Fund.
Momentum is underway. Biso Collective is the latest business to announce its headquarters coming to The Switch. Work is underway to transform a circa 1926 building that originally served as a central vault for Tennessee Coal Iron & Railroad Co. The project, located at 1301 First Avenue North, is between Innovation Depot and Pack Health adding more critical mass to the central corridor running through the center of The Switch. CCR Architecture & Interiors are designing the space (see rendering at left) and Murray Building Co. is the general contractor.
Biso Collective is a venture between area entrepreneur, Dave Gray, and EBSCO Industries. They partner with leadership and teams of software teams to leverage experience as operators and builders, not financial engineers. Our intent is to invest in the long-term success of your company, team, customers and brand. Biso aims to create a platform to grow high-quality, tech-focused jobs in Birmingham for the long term, and that’s a reason it was important to establish their headquarters inside The Switch.
Showcasing three signature programs at its new downtown headquarters, Ed Farm will partner with educators in Alabama to increase educational equity, improve learning outcomes through technology and prepare the future workforce.
“As our society continues to evolve and advance, more and more job opportunities of the future will require digital skills, and helping our communities prepare for that is our priority,” said Chris McCauley, Ed Farm program director. “Our partnerships with Birmingham City Schools and the Birmingham community on the Teacher Fellows, Pathways and Student Fellows programs have already produced successful results, and we are thrilled at this initiative’s potential as it continues to move forward.”
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The BHAM BizHub’s mission is to advance and grow entrepreneurship in the Birmingham, Alabama region by serving as a centralized information hub helping founders and stakeholders navigate the community landscape.
BizHub is a collaboration between the Alabama Capital Network, the Birmingham Business Alliance, and the UAB’s Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Special thanks to our community partners who have given invaluable insight and support: REV Birmingham, Create Birmingham, Urban Impact, the Innovation Depot, EDPA, Innovate Birmingham, Alabama Power, and the City of Birmingham.
Our full calendar is in development and be added as soon as complete. Until then, reach out to REV birmingham to learn about any events and happenings in The Switch.