The competition allows students and community members to pitch their ideas to judges for a chance to win one of eight $1,000 prizes. Not only will participants have the opportunity to win money, but they will also receive valuable feedback on their ideas and potentially meet experts in entrepreneurship that will help improve their pitch and develop their ideas into businesses.
River Pitch is a joint effort of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute, the EDGE Entrepreneurship Center, The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the City of Tuscaloosa.
Registration is required and available on the AEI’s website at www.culverhouse.ua.edu/aei.
“Any solid business idea is worth bringing to River Pitch,” said Dr. Theresa Welbourne, executive director of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute and EDGE. “Last year was our largest River Pitch event, and from that we had several new businesses start and accelerate. Additionally, with the opening of the new EDGE in January 2019, there will be even more opportunities for entrepreneurs.”
The competition is a part of the Tuscaloosa area’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place Nov. 12-18. In addition to River Pitch, other opportunities include:
- Monday, Nov. 12 is Open Pitch Practice
- Tuesday, Nov. 13 is Business After Hours
- Thursday, Nov. 15 is Find the Funding
Global Entrepreneurship Week aims to inspire millions in 170 countries to engage in entrepreneurial activity. The week connects those looking to start their own business with potential collaborators, mentors and investors.