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The University of Alabama

Nominations Sought for UA Entrepreneurship Awards

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nominations are now being accepted in five categories of entrepreneurship, with the winners being announced during the week of Feb. 21-25 as part of The University of Alabama campus-wide week of entrepreneurship.

The state leadership team has created several awards to honor people who demonstrate entrepreneurship in their daily lives, said David Ford, Alabama state coordinator for Entrepreneurship Week USA and a lecturer in the management and marketing department at UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce.

The awards tentatively include:

  • High School Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year
  • College Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year
  • For-Profit Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Information and application forms for the awards, as well as information about the week, can be found at

Thomas Friedman, columnist for The New York Times and author of “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century,” will speak Feb. 22 as part of the Entrepreneurship Week activities. Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes and written five best-selling books.

The Entrepreneurship Week planning committee will join with the Alabama Department of Education to promote the week of celebration through the schools.

Ford said anyone who supports entrepreneurship can nominate individuals who quality for the awards.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony Feb. 24, Ford said. The location and a keynote speaker will be announced later.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.