EDGE Newsletter – February 2020

EDGE Newsletter – February 2020


Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur:

With John Cassimus

Speaking at The EDGE February 12th
Program from 5pm to 6:30pm

Serial entrepreneur and University of Alabama alumnus John Cassimus will be speaking on Wednesday, February 12th at 5:30 p.m. Program starts at 5 pm with networking. Food and beverages will be provided.

Cassimus is best known for taking a single restaurant, Zoë’s Kitchen which was started by his mother Zoë and father Marcus, and growing it into a company operating over 260 fast-casual restaurants in the United States. The restaurant chain was listed on the NYSE until a recent sale of the company. John will share with us his story, lessons learned and news about his latest venture called Crazy Cazboy’s.



Build a Business Sessions 2 & 3 in February
Get ready to compete in April

The Build a Business Series continues with the second and third sessions at the EDGE. Session 2 is February 5th from 5:30pm-6:30pm, and Session 3 is February 19th from 5:30pm-6:30pm. These events are FREE and food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking on the link.

Session Two
The second session will focus on evaluating the feasibility of the idea and learning via the Business Model Canvas.

Session Three
In our third session, participants will evaluate individual skills and the importance of forming a well-rounded team. The session also dived into planning milestones and working through cash flow.

Save the Date, April 14 from 8 am to 7 pm
2020 Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition


Our fourth annual Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition will be held on April 14th in the Bryant Conference Center. A total of $100,000 in prizes and business resources.

$50,000 Grand Prize*

$5,000 First Prize
$3,000 Second Prize
$2,000 Third Prize

Additional prizes will be offered for the best new idea, room prizes for earlier stage businesses, social entrepreneurship prize, best teamwork and more.

Also, competing allows participants to apply for the 2020 summer Crimson Entrepreneurship Academy, which is a summer program designed to help students start and grow businesses. Academy participants receive a summer stipend and are part of a unique learning experience designed to help them develop skills and get their businesses off the ground.

*The prizes mentioned are for The University of Alabama student-based competition. Details about the community competition are forthcoming.

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