AEI Announces 2023 Faculty and Staff Innovation Pitch Competition Winners

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Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute’s annual Faculty and Staff Innovation Pitch Competition was held virtually on May 11. The competition offers The University of Alabama’s faculty and staff the opportunity to win cash resources for an original business idea, and this year the competition awarded a total of $45,000 in funding including a $15,000 grand prize, a $10,000 prize and two additional prizes at $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000. Entrants were required to record a 3-minute pitch and participate in a question and answer session with judges.

The 2023 winners are as follows:

Alabama Power Foundation – Innovative Technology Prize


Al-S Batteries – Ruigang Wang

Culverhouse College of Business – Entrepreneurial Growth Business Award

$10,000 Award

Druid City Makerspace  – Armen Amirkhanian

Office for Research and Economic Development Awards 

First Prize – $5,000

Quantum Connection – Qiang Huang

Second Prize – $3,000

SafeSun – Sushma Kortu

Third Prize – $2,000

Your Move Can Be Improved on Every Step – Nathan Jeong

Division of Finance and Operations: Staff Innovation Pitch Awards

First Prize – $5,000

Electrical Resistivity Meter Innovation (ERMI)  – Michael Fedoroff 

Second Prize – $3,000

LEADingWell: Holistic Health and Wellness Conference  – Demitrius Barksdale 

Third Prize – $2,000

Phant Wear – Lauren Wilson

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