When you look around Birmingham these days and notice all the innovative businesses that are making our city a hotspot for creative, cultural, and tech careers, you might recognize that a lot of them have something in common. Our CO.STARTERS graduates are playing a big part in Birmingham’s economic growth and entrepreneurial culture. And they’re talking about it!

So far, SIX of our graduates have given TEDx talks on everything from the emotional effects of entrepreneurship to overcoming personal struggles and pursuing a creative craft.

Jacqui Jones, One Degree MMM

Salaam Green, Literary Healing Arts

Deidre Clark, Community Activist

Randi Pink, Author

Al Elliott, Artist, Actor, and Consultant

Maacah Davis, Belladonna Magazine