2021 Global Entrepreneurship Week

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will take place November 8-14, 2021.

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1. Learn About Tuscaloosa City Schools Innovation Challenge – Info Session

Representatives from the City Schools will present their challenge focused on finding an innovative and effective solution to providing transportation for students attending a variety of different summer programs. The Challenge has 3 prizes associated with it: 1st prize of $750, a second prize of $500, and a third prize of $250. Also, the City Schools can be the first customer for the team or individual with the most viable solution.

Need to Know

  • November 8th, 2021
  • 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
  • In-person at The EDGE
  • Virtual accomodation (Zoom)

2. Local Entrepreneurs Panel

Learn from entrepreneurs in Tuscaloosa about the vibrant, innovative atmosphere within the city, and network with other entrepreneurs. Hosted by the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO).

Need to Know

  • November 8th, 2021
  • 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
  • In-person at The EDGE

3. River Pitch Competition

The River Pitch Business Idea Competition was created to help ideas and early-stage businesses further progress. There is no entry fee, and the event is open to both students and community members alike. Register today to have a chance to compete for 10 different $1,000 prizes for your business!

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4. Demo Day at The EDGE

Network with local startups and learn about companies that are based here in Tuscaloosa. Entrepreneurs will be showcasing their businesses and workshops will be held all day.

11:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Welcome to Demo Day and the Entrepreneur Showcase

12:00 P.M. – 1 P.M.: Lunch, Networking and Workshop: Financing your Startup

  • Panelists Include:
    • Mary Elliott Aderhold, Business Development Specialist, Alabama Capital Network
    • Michelle Parvinrough, Executive Director, Innovation Portal
    • Bobby Bragg, CPA, Director of Practice Growth, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC

1:00 – 5:00 P.M.: Entrepreneur Showcase

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.: The Medical Properties Trust Story: Founding, Growing and Thriving

  • Keynote Speaker: Edward K. Aldag, Jr.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.: Happy Hour and Networking

Need to Know

  • November 11th, 2021
  • 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • In-person at The EDGE

5. Tuscaloosa City School Innovation Challenge

Watch pitch presentations to find out who wins.

Need to Know

  • November 12th, 2021
  • 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
  • In-person at The EDGE

Celebrating Innovation from 2020’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

See the 2020 River Pitch Winners

Watch the Session Recordings