The University of Alabama has been provided a grant from the Alabama Power Foundation to assist business innovation, entrepreneurship, small business increase and talent retention inside the kingdom.

The gift, as a way to set up the Alabama Power Endowed Innovation and Talent Retention Fund, will broaden and preserve assets devoted to commercial enterprise innovation and entrepreneurship, creating a lasting nice financial impact on the nation of Alabama and its residents. Managed through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the fund will decorate existing efforts even as empowering the college to perceive new ways to encourage and guide a brand new wave of commercial enterprise increase in the kingdom with a particular awareness on expertise retention.

“We appreciate the robust partnership with the Alabama Power Foundation and our shared imaginative and prescient for what this fund will goal to accomplish,” stated Dr. Russell Mumper, UA vice chairman for research and financial development. “Talent retention is a core theme of the workplace’s 5-year strategic plan and aligns very well with the university’s public flagship task.”


The University of Alabama is committed to making sure pupil and college entrepreneurs thrive by offering get entry to to modern-day resources and information vital to innovate and boost up ambitious new thoughts in commercial enterprise and generation. In current years, UA’s function in startup and small business has end up the focal point for innovation and entrepreneurship within the country and vicinity.

The university has amplified its suite of sources for entrepreneurs with new and accelerated commercial enterprise incubators and accelerators. These assets encompass The Edge, an incubator and commercial enterprise accelerator partnership among the college, the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tuscaloosa; The Cube, in which college students and school are loose to discover ideas with modern era at their fingertips; and the Bama Technology Incubator, which helps remodel patentable inventions into merchandise that benefit society. The Alabama Power Endowed Innovation and Talent Retention Fund will provide discretionary guide for the continued operational enhancement of these sources, among others.

“Through this partnership between the Alabama Power Foundation and the University of Alabama, UA will keep impacting commercial enterprise improvement and growth opportunities that benefit all Alabamians,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “This collaboration further demonstrates the university’s dedication to economic improvement and the entrepreneurial spirit, and we’re thankful for Alabama Power Foundation’s aid of our academic endeavors.”

The partnership objectives to decorate present day entrepreneurship and business curricula, support University of Alabama initiatives and create incentives for college students who want to stay within the nation after commencement. The Alabama Power Endowed Innovation and Talent Retention Fund will help the college in continuing to beautify its mission, which in flip will assist to strengthen the economic improvement pursuits of the state.

“We substantially admire the timely investment of the Alabama Power Foundation in assist of monetary development programs at the University of Alabama,” said Alabama Power Western Division Vice President Mark Crews.  “This gift will no longer simplest construct on The Cube and The Edge, but additionally assist electricity Dr. Mumper’s efforts to open a brand new chapter in innovation and talent retention for this area.”