Innovators meet, share ideas at first ever Entrepreneurial Summit

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The dreamers and the doers spent Tuesday at the first-ever Entrepreneurial Summit in Huntsville.  They’ll return Wednesday as well.

“It’s about being engaged as an entrepreneur, being inspired and being educated,” said Erin Bloxham Curtis, Program Director of the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama.

The event is being held at Campus 805.

Former mechanical engineer Paul Gierow founded GATR Technologies in Huntsville several years ago after coming up with an idea for an inflatable antenna. Dr. Larry Lowe of GATR Technologies was one of Tuesday’s presenters at the gathering. He said he is happy to share the company’s steps to success.

“We went from a small start-up company back in 2004 to a recent acquisition of $232 million,” Dr. Lowe said.

The GATR Technologies story is one that inspired entrepreneurs like Hillary Dunham, owner of Mint Julep Market in Huntsville.

“We are so excited always about business growth, and learning what to do make our company better,” Dunham said.

Business leaders praised the Rocket City for offering countless opportunities for anyone with a dream.

“This truly is one of the smartest places to try to start a company,” Dr. Lowe said. “I mean, you’re really exposed to innovative technology; there’s a lot of people to talk ideas through with.”

There are still open seats for Day 2 of the Entrepreneurial Summit. Check out innovatehsv.com/entrepreneurial-summit-2016 for more information.