IEM has helped many people find their passion and follow it.  Here are some of the entrepreneurs that IEM has helped launch. What are you waiting for? Follow your dream today.

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Started as a blog to help parents and students get a grip on college planning, Affluent Student has grown into a full-fledged parenting site. IEM client Paul McGuire shares his no-nonsense approach to parenting through feature-rich articles on Affluent Student. He is working on his first book, aptly named Affluent Student, which will be released in 2012 (Update: book has been published. Learn more here ). Paul also offers coaching and speaking as part of his repertoire. His goal - to reach parents as a parent who's been there and done that, to encourage them to be proactive parents and in turn raise empowered, equipped, and enthusiastic kids in the areas of relationships, career, money, lifelong learning, values, morals, and ethics.


Alabama Tailgate

Shane Hill started Alabama Tailgate as a blog to help catalog and document his tailgates for the Alabama home games. Today the website includes recipes AND a cookbook authored by Shane. The cookbook can be purchased on Amazon

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Appsolute Genius

Brian Cauble and Andria Jensen started Appsolute Genius to enhance the mobile devices people use each day, and make the lives of those who use them easier by doing so. When people leave their house, they grab three things: their keys, wallet/purse, and their phone. In a world where this phone is fast becoming a smartphone, Appsolute Genius creates mobile Apps for smartphones (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc) for companies and the advertising industry. For them, the mobile App is simply a tool to better connect with customers no matter where they go.

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The Braintrust Consulting Group

Brian Rabon started The Braintrust to provide complete project management solutions for a wide range of software-related projects. Their vast experience combined with innovative project management model allows them to create customized solutions for each client. They blend People, Processes, Tools, and Training into one seamless formula to help clients break through obstacles, improve processes, meet deadlines, and exceed goals.
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Created by Suman Silwal, an IEM Alumni, this website is a site by runners for runners. Catering to the established marathon runner, the website also encourages individuals new to the sport. With articles ranging on advice about fitness to connecting would-be runners with resources to get started, this website is all about running.


Trent Richardson's PlanServe was selected as one of 2010’s 14 most promising startups. They provide real solutions to financial, healthcare, and retirement businesses and have transformed how record keepers and insurance companies use the web to service their participants, employers, and advisers.

Richardson says, "The UAB IEM program really helped set the foundation with energy and connections. The program helped us see beyond the immediate challenges and stay focused on the bigger picture."
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Raposos Gourmet

Ruben Martinez-Raposo, is an online retailer that specializes in Authentic Spanish Gourmet imported from Spain. We also distribute locally as well as provide our products at wholesale to restaurants and gourmet shops. At the same time. we provide catering and tasting services for medium/large parties and gatherings. Our main mission is to provide the Best Spanish Gourmet at the most affordable and competitive prices.

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In May 2011, I sat down with one of IEM newest graduates about the company
he founded called SportsTech. The company creates mobile application software
for --just what the name says, Sport Tech people. As one example, a baseball coach
can download an app from SportsTech that allows that coach to create drills, track scores,
even has a built in radar gun that allows you to display the speed of a pitch from
any distance in both baseball and softball.

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NxtDimension Solutions was founded in 2001 by Todd Miranda in Birmingham, Alabama. Their mission is to provide simple, efficient, reliable custom web solutions at an affordable price

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Helen2o: Fluid Communications is a communications consulting firm that also provides a little team building and whitewater kayak instruction. Helen Todd, APR, MEng, created the company while in the IEM program out of her burning desire to do more kayak instruction and share her knowledge of public relations, social media, and customer outreach with small business. She has written a book and video series that explains her communications philosophy called, "8 Things You Can Do For Free To Promote Your Business." Visit her website at for more information and whitewater videos.

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G.A.Robinson Consulting Group, Inc. (www.garobinsonconsulting.comOur primary scope of services include IT Project Management, business solutions and process improvement. Our main emphasis have been software development, health care, digital strategy and enterprise development of our company. As a PM contractor some of my clients have included: InfoNet, Miramar Florida (Royal Caribbean website development project); sub-contractor with the Alabama Medicaid Agency Project Management Office. Also, we are partnering with other companies that include: Your True Poet, GoPedi, Claim DX, and Nacre Systems (Bangalore, India).GA Robinson, IEM Alum.

Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 1.03.00 Timothy Pruitt, IEM Alum.

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Christopher Robinson, President & CEO of Your True Poet Enterprises

"Personalized Poetry and Greeting Cards"