Compete in the 2021 Aldag Competition

March 1

Intent to compete form opens.

Register to compete using this link.

March 23 (by 11:59pm CDT)

Registration for the competition closes.

March 30 (by 11:59pm CDT)

Draft presentations should be uploaded to your StartupWind canvas by midnight CDT. PowerPoint files are preferred.

April 2

Feedback on draft presentations will be provided by April 2.

April 6 (by 11:59pm CDT)

Link the Youtube recording of your presentation and your final presentation file to your StartupWind canvas.

Review the following documents for full requirements:

April 8 – 11

Judges review submissions.

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 three 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.

Review the same documents from Round 1 for additional details:

April 14

Competition winners are announced.

April 12-16

Additional events as part of UA’s Create + Innovate Week (website forthcoming).

What’s At Stake

Grand Prize: $50,000

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Best Teamwork


Best New Idea


Crowd Favorite


Social Entrepreneurship


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 2020 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 faculty/staff and community business plan competitions will be held in May and will also utilize a virtual format. As those competition dates approach, more details will be shared on their respective websites.