Urban Engine Expands Leadership Team; Gains Top, Local Talent to Lead Efforts as Huntsville’s Prominent Startup Resource


Urban Engine, a local non-profit organization aimed at accelerating STEAM-focused initiatives among the millennial startup community, has continued to bolster substantial growth with recent operational and program expansion.


The Huntsville-based organization just announced new additions to their Board and leadership team, to include Chairman and long-time Urban Engine volunteer, Michael Carroll with Open Source Robotics Foundation; Vice Chair Trey Sharp, who serves as CEO of Sharp Communications and founder of Huntsville-based startup Tango Tango; and Board Member and locally-based fitness and lifestyle guru Andy Smith, of DailyBurn.


In addition, the community-funded group also brought on two additional full-time team members to lead programming and marketing efforts: Emily Mendez will serve as the Director of Operations, and Carly Seldon will serve as Urban Engine’s Events Manager. Together, the team will lead efforts behind Urban Engine’s staggering 80+ events held annually each year, supporting more than 2,600 North Alabama entrepreneurs, small business owners, doers and makers.


“As Chairman, I'm excited to champion Urban Engine's mission of propelling ideas forward. I want to see the community that I have been involved in continue to grow and mature to the benefit of the entire region,” said newly appointed Chairman, Michael Carroll.  “I personally plan on continuing to grow our innovation challenges, starting with NASA Space Apps later this year. We have a passionate, energized board and team of volunteer directors working hard to bring events like this to Huntsville as a place for the community to build exciting new ideas and businesses.”


On the heels of Urban Engine’s recent announcement also came their mid-year organizational update, which included a 21% growth of programming, a 43% growth in membership, and a 22% increase in local businesses supported, all occurring within the past 2 years. Current sponsors of Urban Engine include Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation, Huntsville STEAM Works, Old Town Beer Exchange, Huntsville West and Alabama A&M University.


To learn more, to sponsor Urban Engine, or to become a member, visit them online at https://www.urbanengine.org/donate/ or contact Urban Engine’s Executive Director Toni Eberhart, at toni@urbanengine.org, for more information.



Urban Engine is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to propel the growth of North Alabama’s economy. Their programs accelerate STEAM innovation, connect aspiring entrepreneurs and established business leadership with educational resources, talent, and community, and provide a platform for professional development unique to the state. To be part of the revolution by becoming a sponsor, or to become a member, you can learn more at www.urbanengine.org.

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