Invest in Entrepreneurship at The University of Alabama

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Project ends on November 18, at 11:59 PM CST
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Congratulations!

June 22, 2022

Two of our 2022 Aldag business plan competition winners made it to the final rounds of Alabama Launchpad. 

 Congratulations City Detect (the $50,000 grand prize winner) and Tuska Brew Solutions, Inc. (the second prize winner in the Grand Prize room competition as well as the winner of the new Great Repurposing Award). 

https://edpa.org/news-item/alabama-launchpad-chooses-finalists-for-cycle-2-2022/

 

Faculty/Staff Innovation Pitch Competition

May 26, 2022

On March 18, 2022 AEI hosted the 3rd annual Faculty / Staff (or all employee) innovation pitch competition.  This year the prize pool grew to $45,000 (from $30k last year).  A new staff-only set of prizes worth $10,000 was added; our goal was to encourage more staff to get involved.  The winners are announced on this page:  

https://aei.culverhouse.ua.edu/aei-competitions/faculty-staff/  

Our faculty and staff competitors will be working during the summer to move their ideas forward. Some of these ideas are groundbreaking big ideas that can have a high impact on business and society. Others are smaller innovations that are important to many and can be produced perhaps with less resources while still creating big wins.  The student, faculty and staff competitions all demonstrate that UA can be very successful when we finally reach our goal and can build our own accelerator to help propel our entrepreneurs forward. 

Congratulations to Reboot Reforestation

May 05, 2022

After 3 days of competition, Reboot Reforestation took $38,500 in prize money. Congratulations to the team!

Reboot Reforestation off to a strong start at E-Fest!

April 29, 2022

Reboot Reforestation has completed the first round of competition at E-Fest. Day 1 saw teams competing in a 90-second pitch. Competitors and advisers voted and Reboot Reforestation won 2nd place and $5,000. The team is off to a great start!

Reboot Reforestation to Compete this Weekend at E-Fest

April 27, 2022

UA students Dalton Morris, Michael Malone, Bryan Gyenes and Hunter Cejka have been named as finalists for the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge. They will compete this weekend at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN for the $50,000 first-place prize to start their business. Visit https://www.tvliving.com/2022/04/26/shark-tank-style-competition-chooses-university-alabama-finalists/ to learn more.

Meet the 2022 Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition $50,000 Winner: City Detect

April 27, 2022

City Detect. Enabling leaders. Enriching communities.

Learn more about the 2022 Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition $50,000 Winner here: https://www.citydetect.com/ 

 City Detect


For more information about the 2022 Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition and a complete list of winners, please visit:  https://aei.culverhouse.ua.edu/aei-competitions/

Levels
Choose a giving level

$50

Idea Spark

Friends who donate at this level will receive an AEI pen so you can quickly jot down your own new ideas.

$100

Idea Maker

Friends who donate at this level will receive an AEI pen and notepad so you can not only jot down your own ideas but share them with friends and family.

$500

Entrepreneur Coach

Friends who donate at this level will receive an AEI coffee cup; this allows you to sip on your coffee while talking to an entrepreneur.

$1,000

Entrepreneur Builder

Friends who donate at this level will receive an AEI coffee cup and a pen for thinking with coffee and note taking.

$5,000

Entrepreneur Team Supporter

Friends at this level will receive an AEI coffee cup, notebook, and pen – you are all set to have caffeinated conversations, take notes, and share those notes.

$10,000

Entrepreneur Business Builder

Any donation of $10,000 or more provides you with membership in the Crimson Entrepreneurship Angel Network. You have the opportunity to coach and mentor companies and also have the first opportunity to personally invest in the graduating startups. Friends at this level will receive an AEI swag bag with an assortment of gifts to remind you how much you are helping build our teams.

$50,000

Entrepreneur Legend Maker

Any donation of $10,000 or more provides you with membership in the Crimson Entrepreneurship Angel Network. You have the opportunity to coach and mentor companies and also have the first opportunity to personally invest in the graduating startups. Supporters at this level become an AEI Associate. You will have opportunities to attend AEI football weekend events, workshops, meet the entrepreneurs in the various programs, meet potential interns interested in entrepreneurship in established organizations and coach the start-up teams (both virtually and in person). You will receive a personalized swag box.

$100,000

Angel Network Builder

Rise to angel status; at this level you are not only an AEI associate but also become a founding member of the AEI Angel Network. At this level, you will help us build out the angel network and be part of the group helping to determine who to include in the accelerator classes. You also will be the first to meet class members and as such, you also are the first to have an opportunity to personally invest in these companies when they graduate from the accelerator.