2017 River Pitch Business Idea Competition

Think you've got a great idea? The 2017 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. More information is available here.

The River Pitch Competition is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs November 13-19. 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

Tuesday, 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 helped make this event possible!


Booth Sponsors:

Mezrah Consulting, University of Alabama Division of Community Affairs, Rosen Harwood, University of Alabama Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, K&A Builders, Harrison Construction, McAbee Construction


Other Sponsors:

JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, Domino's Pizza, Ugo Convenience Delivery, Ward Scott Architecture, Crimson Catering, Buffalo Rock Beverages & Food Services, Lift Fund, Tala Professional Services