The  2023 Tuscaloosa Innovation Community Business Plan Competition Has Concluded

Check out the full list of competitions, winners, judges, and sponsors!

The 2023 Winners!

Event Details

  • Date: February 23, 2023
  • Location: The EDGE
  • Address: 2627 10th Avenue | Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Dates and Deadlines

Click here for an overview of the competition format and additional guidelines. Click here to see the judging criteria.

  • Intent to Compete Submission Closes: February 13*
  • Draft of PowerPoint Presentation Due: February 14*
    • Competitions will be given feedback prior to the Final Presentation due date
  • Final PowerPoint Presentation Due: February 21*
  • Competition Date: February 23

Submit Draft and Final Presentations to:

*These deadlines are at midnight (11:59 p.m. CST) on the date listed.


Information Sessions

To help competitors prepare, two in-person information sessions will be held. During these sessions, the AEI team will discuss the judging criteria, presentation tips, and answer questions about how the virtual competition will operate. These information sessions are optional, and the information covered will be the same so attending both won’t be needed.

  • Information Session 1 – Wednesday, February 1 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CST
  • Information Session 2 – Thursday, February 2 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST
  • Individual Coaching Sessions / Office Hours will be available soon. Please check back.

If you’d like to attend one of the sessions, please RSVP using this link. The details for joining the session will be emailed to everyone that has RSVP’d before each session begins.



This year, a grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded and up to $5,000 in funding to be awarded by the Regions Banking Entrepreneurship Award. Other competition awards are sponsored by the Alabama Small Business Development Center and the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute.

Grand Prize: $10,000

First Place


(Sponsored by SBDC)

Second Place


(Sponsored by SBDC)

Third Place


(Sponsored by SBDC)

Up to $5,000

(Regions Entrepreneurship Award)

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Thank you to all of our sponsors, including our additional event sponsors.


The 2023 Winners!

The 2020 Winners!