Building Entrepreneurship Skills and Talent for New and Established Ventures.

The Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute (AEI) delivers learning that accelerates the growth of businesses and creates new jobs. AEI provides students with unique opportunities to move beyond the classroom and learn by doing. They work on entrepreneurial projects with both new and established businesses as part of consulting teams. They also start up their own businesses or become part of teams working on startups. Students participate in competitions, attend networking events, are part of boot camps to quickly move ideas forward, and they get help from entrepreneurs and business executives.

AEI is in the business of creating new knowledge. Our professors and colleagues are working on cutting-edge research, creating new learning tools and teaching students of all ages around the world.

AEI is located at the EDGE, which is a partnership with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tuscaloosa. Students use the co-working space at the EDGE; it provides space for teams to work together, to network with established entrepreneurs and to meet with mentors who help get their new ventures up and running.

Our Mission

The Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute (AEI) was established to promote and support a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors in the Culverhouse College of Business and across The University of Alabama campus. AEI’s goal is to accelerate the growth of business development and job creation and to provide University students a unique opportunity to move beyond the classroom and engage in real-world experiences. Students participate in business consulting teams with existing businesses or nurture their own start-up idea in an entrepreneurial environment.

Meet us at The EDGE

AEI is currently housed at the The EDGE Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and manages the EDGE’s operations. Learn more about The EDGE.