Montgomery Innovation Center opens as AnalogTeams headquarters
Four months ago, CEO Oladoshu Teyibo of smart technology specialist AnalogTeams spoke with investors in Montgomery about his goal of developing a local presence for his global smart technology consulting company.
On Monday, Teyibo’s company, one of the top 12 companies in the MGM TechLab accelerator program, signed a lease as the first tenant of Lab on Dexter, a new downtown innovation hub.
AnalogTeams aims to bring smart city technology to cities across the state to help them better respond to emergencies, better identify criminals and more. Its global team will now be headquartered in Montgomery.
“They weren’t the first. They won’t be the last, ”TechLab chief innovation officer Rashim McKinney said at Monday’s opening.
This is the third downtown innovation center opened by the Montgomery Region Chamber of Commerce through a partnership with government and private industry. But unlike the other two nearby Commerce Street centers, which help mobilize private sector brains for the Air Force, the lab on Dexter is a coworking space focused on entrepreneurship and helping small businesses to grow.
TechLab itself is also moving to the new facility at 150 Dexter Ave.
Plans for the first week at the facility include a ‘civic hacking’ event to create a black business directory, an invitational ‘powered by women’ lunch, a drone education summit for high school and college students, and an event technology discussion aimed at helping companies diversify teams through technology.
House officials said the facility would have programming specifically tailored to minority and black-owned businesses. It is a short walk from the former Church of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rosa Parks bus stop.
“It’s a collaborative learning environment located on America’s most historic street, Dexter Avenue,” said TechMGM Executive Director Charisse Stokes.
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Stokes said the goal is to retain and develop talent in the region while also serving as a spark for entrepreneurship.
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said the city has long been known as the seat of state government, but needs to continue to expand in other areas.
“We know we have to be a knowledge-based economy. We know we need to expand this, ”Reed said.
“… I am excited about what we have done. I am even more excited about what we can do to move forward.
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