The 2021 Aldag Competition has Concluded

Read About the Winners!

April 12 (1 to 5pm CDT)

Aldag Round 1: All teams participate in live Q&A with 10 minutes of judge questions via Zoom.

April 12

Judges decide which teams advance to Round Two. Note, teams not advancing to Round Two are still eligible to win certain other prizes.

April 13 (1 to 5pm CDT)

Round two competitions. The four 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  (via Zoom screen share) and up to another 10-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.

April 13 (6pm CDT)

See this year’s competition winners at the website below.

April 12-16

Additional events as part of UA’s Create + Innovate Week.

Visit this site to see a list of events during Create+Innovate Week.

April 20 & 23 (1 to 5pm CDT)

All 2021 Aldag competitors are invited to stop by the EDGE for a small gift. Aldag winners are asked to come during one of these times 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)

Up to $10,000

New Business Idea Prize(s)

Up to $5,000

Best Teamwork


Best New Idea


Crowd Favorite


Social Entrepreneurship


2021 Alabama Power Foundation Innovation Technology Awards

This year a series of special awards is 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 ideas.

First Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize


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 2021 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!

Joshua Sahib

Assistant Director of AEI

Theresa M. Welbourne, Ph.D.

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

Note: The Tuscaloosa Innovates community business plan competition is still in the planning phase. More details will be shared on the EDGE competition website as the details come together.