2018 River Pitch Business Idea Competition

Think you’ve got a great idea? The 2018 River Pitch Business Idea Competition is an event for students and community members alike to come pitch their ideas in just 3 minutes. You can win $1,000, get valuable feedback on your idea and maybe meet someone who can help you improve your pitch and develop your idea into a business. Interested in participating but think you’ll need some time to practice? AEI is hosting a plethora of workshops to help you prepare for the event. You can check out these workshops here.

The River Pitch Competition is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs November 12-18. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations.

Rules and FAQ

Please refer to this document for rules and FAQ.

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 14th

5:00 – 9:00 PM


Tuscaloosa River Market

1900 Jack Warner Pkwy

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


5:00 – 5:45 pm – Registration, food / snacks, networking

5:45 – 6:00 pm – Welcome  from UA team – Dean Kay Palan and Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne

6:00 – 6:15 pm – Move to your booths – meet judges, read through process

6:15 – 7:15 pm – Pitching begins

7:15 – 7:45 pm – Coordinate judge decisions – get ready to announce the winners

7:45 – 8:00 pm – Winners announced

8:00 – 9:00 pm – Networking, pictures

Entry Process

Interested in participating? The process is simple. Just give us your name, contact information and a short summary of your idea. You MUST register for the event as we have a limited number of spots. We are also looking for qualified judges to help us throughout the event. Use the forms below to get started.

Contestant Entry Form Judge/Sponsor Application Form


A huge thank you to our wonderful sponsors who help to make this event possible!


Booth Sponsors:

Alabama SBDC, Rosen Harwood, University of Alabama Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development


Other Sponsors:

City of Tuscaloosa, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Ugo LLC, Buffalo Rock