The 2023 Edward K. Aldag Jr. Student Business Plan Competition

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Registration Is Now Open

February 2nd

Competition Overview

February 22nd from 4:30-6:00pm @ The EDGE

Tips on Creating Your Presentation

March 1st from 4:00-5:30pm @ The EDGE

Register HERE

You can now register for the Crimson Entrepreneurship Academy

Registration Closes

March 10th at 11:59pm  

Registration closes today! If you are interested in competing please register as soon as possible!

FINAL Draft PowerPoint Presentation EXTENSION

March 26th at 11:59pm CST

Instructions for Submitting PowerPoint

Dr. Welbourne will be reviewing each draft presentation and giving feedback to use for the final presentation.

The Draft PowerPoint submission confirms you plan to compete and is a mandatory requirement.

If you are in need of an extension on your PowerPoint, please contact Jenni Miesse at or call 205-348-3345.

Please register first!

Aldag Workshop

March 22nd from 4:00-5:30pm @ The EDGE

Register HERE

Submit You Finalized PowerPoint Presentation

April 5th @ 11:59pm CDT

Review the following documents for full requirements:

After you have submitted your final presentations, take advantage of two virtual speed coaching sessions!

  • April 5th from 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • April 6th from 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Register HERE

Aldag Coaching Hours

Date and Time: TBD Location: The EDGE

Schedule an appointment via  Dr. Theresa Welbourn’s Calendly Link

Schedule an appointment via  Leverett Powell’s Calendly Link

Aldag Competition Opening Round

VIRTUAL – April 13th from 1pm – 5pm

Round 1: All teams participate in live Q&A with 15 minutes of judge questions via Zoom.

Judges will decide which teams advance to Round Two.

*Note, teams not advancing to Round Two are still eligible to win certain other prizes.

Aldag Competition Final Round

IN-PERSON – April 14th from 8am – 7pm

Round 2: Competition groups will take place simultaneously. Round Two competitors will be given a 25-minute slot and have up to 10-minutes for a live presentation,  and up to another 15-minutes for live Q&A . Judges will then have 5 minutes to take notes before the next team begins. Based on judge deliberations, there could be multiple prize winners within each group.

Winners Announced

April 14th

Note: Teams are encouraged to meet with judges/coaches after the competition for feedback. These interactions can be scheduled through the mentorship module within each StartupWind group.

Prize Pickup

April 14th

All 2023 Aldag competitors will receive a gift. Winners will be asked to sign the paperwork, pick up their trophies, and take celebratory photos.


What’s At Stake

Grand Prize: $50,000

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Established Concept Prize(s)

Prize 1: $5,000

Prize 2: $3,000

Prize 3: $2,000

New Business Idea Prize 1

Prize 1: $2,500

Prize 2: $1,500

Prize 3: $1,000

New Business Idea Prize 2

Prize 1: $2,500

Prize 2: $1,500

Prize 3: $1,000

Best Teamwork


Best New Idea


Crowd Favorite


Social Entrepreneurship


Alabama Power Foundation Innovation Technology Awards

This year a series of special awards are made possible by the Alabama Power Foundation. The Alabama Power Foundation Innovative Technology Awards for students offer three cash prizes totaling $10,000 ($5,000 first prize, $3,000 second prize, and $2,000 third prize) for the most groundbreaking technology-focused idea.

First Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize



Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative NEW Patient Safety Tech Award

The Patient Safety Tech Award of $5,000 sponsored by Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative challenges students to develop ideas for a technology-enabled solution to address a leading patient safety problem anywhere along the continuum of care with a focus on one or more of the following five problem categories: medications, procedural/surgical, patient care, infections, and diagnostic safety.


Additional awards for all winners

Co-Working Space

One year of free co-working space at The EDGE

Free Consulting

Business, accounting, and law partners’ consulting

Entrepreneurship Academy

Ability to apply to the Summer 2022 Crimson Entrepreneurship Academy


If you are interested in helping out as a coach, judge, or sponsor please complete this brief form and someone from our team will get back to you.

If you have other questions, feel free to reach out to us!

Jenni Miesse

Marketing Manager

Theresa M. Welbourne, Ph.D.

Executive Director of AEI & Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship