AUBURN, Ala. --  The Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad aims to encourage economic development and innovation by hosting local entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating new ideas that have a lasting and positive impact on Alabama. 

The contest began as a joint effort between the city of Auburn, the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Now it has returned for a second year... including startups hailing from Auburn, Tuskeegee, Phenix City, and Chambers County.

The next stage of the competition will take place at the Auburn Courtyard Marriott on Monday, February 11, at 12:30pm. There, each team will pitch its business and follow up with a brief Q&A session to a judges panel of industry professionals. 

The teams selected to advance will then compete in a final round in March for up to $50,000 in prize money. Both events are open to the public. 

You can learn more about the competition online at alabamalaunchpad.com