The University of Alabama

UA to Host Entrepreneurship Week

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama will host a variety of entrepreneurial-related sessions April 10-12, culminating with an annual day-long event.

UA’s Entrepreneurship Week activities kick off Wednesday, April 10 with a 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. forum in the Hotel Capstone’s Ballroom featuring Greg Sheek, director of Alabama Launchpad programs, David Snyder, of Urban Cookhouse, and Sam Brewer and Nick Wright of Game Day Tents.

The events conclude April 12 with UA’s Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Day, or AIME Day.  This annual event provides opportunity for members of the investment and business communities to hear presentations about specific UA-based technologies and entrepreneurial activities under way on campus. Some 20 presentations, each 10 minutes or less in length, will be made throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding about 4 p.m.

This event, held in UA’s AIME building, room 110, will feature both student and faculty presentations, including presentations made by UA representatives competing in the state’s Alabama Launchpad business plan competition.

The afternoon session features presentations by 9 entrepreneurial teams competing for funding and business development support to help their start-up companies. Judges will select winners who will be awarded both funding and in-kind services from UA. The top three teams will be announced at 4:20 p.m.

Other highlights of the week include an April 11 UA student entrepreneurial pitch competition held at The Edge,  a newly opened business incubator, located at 2200 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa.

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.