Nine Startups Win at 2019 River Pitch

2019 River Pitch

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Culverhouse and the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute hosted the River Pitch Business Idea Competition, as part of a series of events tied to Global Entrepreneurship Week. River Pitch is a free event open to all aimed at helping local entrepreneurs kick start their business concept. At stake is a chance to win $1,000 –– and with multiple booths, each with their own pot, the chances were good that a solid business idea could be a winner.

River Pitch works like this: participants bring their business idea to the Tuscaloosa River Market and present it to a panel of judges made up of the local business community. While judges deliberate, participants network with area entrepreneurs and staff from the AEI.

Mike Fedewa
Michael Fedewa, an assistant professor of exercise physiology at UA, pitching his company’s idea, which won one of the River Pitch prizes. 


The 2019 River Pitch Winners:

Booth # Business Name Participant Name Booth Type Major and Classification, If
1  Geb Sustainable Starter Kits Tillman Ritchey Student-Track Finance, Sophomore Birmingham, AL
2  Pet Shelter Riley Doyle Student-Track Management Entrepreneurship, Senior Tuscaloosa, AL
3  Bamboosable Caroline Barnes Student-Track New College, Senior Mobile, AL
4  Art Garage Joanna Lemmon Community-Track N/A Memphis, TN
5  MADE Health and Fitness, LLC Michael Fedewa Community-Track N/A Grand Rapids, MI
6  My First Time Machine Dennis Miles Community-Track N/A Tuscaloosa, AL
7  Ensemble Jennifer Stasiak Student-Track Management Entrepreneurship, Senior Milwaukee, WI
8  SEACR Adam Graff Student-Track Electrical Engineering, Sophomore Pittsburgh, PA
9 Leah M. Taylor Community-Track N/A Tuscaloosa, AL


Many thanks to all those who participated.

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