Birmingham Innovation Depot names new CEO

Brooke Gillis is the new CEO of the Birmingham Innovation Depot.

The Homewood resident will take over the startup incubator on Monday, December 12. He will succeed Drew Honeycutt, who left in August to start a business venture.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Gillis has been a program manager for Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator since 2020.

Gillis came through a search process facilitated by Apt, a local women-owned staffing company that specializes in IT-related talent. Acting CEO Bebe Goodrich, chair of the repository’s board of directors, called Gillis “a seasoned leader in Birmingham’s start-up ecosystem.”

“Brooke brings the right skill set to propel The Depot into a new era of growth and success,” said Goodrich.

Gillis previously served as the director of sales and event planning at Virginia College/Culinard Cafe, one of Depot’s first member companies. She was also the director of sales and marketing at Instagift, where she worked to oversee the creation and launch of Innovation Depot’s Velocity Accelerator program, the first accelerator in Alabama.

Gillis designed and coordinated the creation of the multi-use Velocity Accelerator space within The Depot.

“Innovation Depot has been the foundation of entrepreneurship in our region for many years,” Gillis said. “I am excited by the opportunity to help improve the future of Birmingham while working with such passionate entrepreneurs. I want to thank The Depot’s board of directors for trusting me to continue to build on the success of our great ecosystem of start-ups.”

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