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Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patent, Startups Volume 3

Creating, building, and growing a startup company is really, really hard. Trust me, I speak from personal experience. One thing that you cannot afford to do in the process is waste time. A lot of times, you can waste time without even knowing it. Recently, I read a great article from Inc. In the article they spoke with 11 different …

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Tide TIPS Volume 2

If you are interested in any, or all, of the following: beer, good conversation, and innovation, then we have the event for you. A meetup of Tuscaloosa entrepreneurs has been scheduled for August 11 at the Alcove Tavern. So, if you are interested in entrepreneurship because of your own venture, or just looking to plug into the community, by all …

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Tide TIPS Volume 1

Welcome to Tide TIPS! This is a new weekly blog from The University of Alabama’s Office for Technology Transfer. Every Tuesday, we will bring you a mix of stories around topics involving Technology, Innovation, Patents, and Startups (TIPS). Each article will be presented with a short and pithy paragraph summarizing the article. The goal is to be informative, yet entertaining. …

Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition

Do you have an idea for a business? Ever wanted to try your luck as a start-up owner? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are in luck. The Culverhouse College of Commerce is proud to present the Edward K. Aldag Jr. business plan competition. Winners of the competition can secure $2,000 for developing a prototype, and free …

Vote Litewater

LiteWater, a company started by two professors at The University of Alabama, needs your help. LiteWater are finalists in the statewide business plan competition, Alabama Launchpad. A small portion of the competition gives out $1,000 to one team selected by the audience. Audience members can watch a one minute pitch from the company –You can see LiteWater’s above, and then …

AUTM Eastern Meeting: Top Ten

Two weeks ago, our office was privileged to take part in the AUTM Eastern Regional meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. We learned a lot, met new cool people, and ate some really great food. It was such a wild ride, it took weeks to settle down and write this blog post. (Editor’s Note: This was supposed to publish last week …

AUTM Eastern Regional Conference 2015

Well summer is winding down, school has started back, and football season is ready to explode back onto your T.V. All this can only mean one thing, time for the AUTM Eastern Regional meeting. This coming Monday, our office will be making an appearance in Raleigh, NC for the annual regional meeting. Below are some highlights of things we are …

Congratulations Rick! Latest Member of Leadership Tuscaloosa

Lookout Tuscaloosa, our fearless and impeccable leader at The University of Alabama’s Office for Technology Transfer is now one of your leaders too. Our very own Rick Swatloski was selected to participate in the 2015/2016 class of the Leadership Tuscaloosa program. For the past 32 years, the program has been selecting upstanding citizens of Tuscaloosa to participate in the program. …

Are Superpowers Real? Yes. Yes They Are.

Growing up I was always enthralled with superheroes. I didn’t play favorites either, I genuinely loved all of them from Superman to Spiderman. When I was a kid I used to leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Ok, so it was me on a trampoline and red shirt fashioned to look like a cape, but you get the picture.) …

How to Explain Rocket Science

We’ve all heard the saying when someone is explaining a simple concept: “It’s not rocket science.” For most situations, this is an absolutely factual statement.  But what about the times that IT IS rocket science that is trying to be conveyed? How do you explain a super complex subject to someone that isn’t as versed in the subject as you? …