A Birmingham financial technology firm and a Scottsboro jewelry business started by a student took home the prizes in the Alabama Launchpad’s Tuskegee pitch competition event Thursday.
Earning the $50,000 award for concept stage was Kenzie’s Creations, created by McKenzie Wilbanks, a high school senior who started her online custom and original jewelry business as a sophomore. She plans on going onto full-time work once she graduates.
Birmingham’s Quantalytix, a financial technology company that got its start in the first cohort of the Velocity Accelerator, won the $100,000 Early Seed Stage prize. Founders Will Bryant and Chris Aliotta say they will use the funds partially to hire developers. The company offers a comprehensive data solution for non-traditional mortgage lenders to mitigate lending risks.