2021 Application coming soon!

Now accepting applications for the spring Anvil Student Startup Bootcamp. Open to UAB students from any major, the free 10-week program provides mentorship, coaching, and curriculum designed to help student entrepreneurs launch a business. Students with and or without a business idea are welcome and encouraged to apply.

In its first two years, the Anvil has served 77 students, who went on to form 15 companies and nonprofit ventures. Anvil graduates have generated $1.7 million in sales, created 14 full time jobs, and raised $1.1 million in investment capital, with an additional $100,000 awarded in pitch competitions and grant funding.

Thanks to IBERIA Bank and a partnership with the Blazer Innovation Challenge, Anvil participants may now compete for prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000.

Course schedule and more information available on the UAB Calendar.

The Anvil Student Startup Bootcamp logo

  • Paige Severino
  • Keyani McNeil
  • Robert Agnew
  • Bre Minniefield
  • Jared Sluss
  • Tori McDonald
  • Alyncia Robinson
  • Andy Curry
  • Tarek Midani
  • Sarah Rutland
  • "Great program! I can't say enough about how awesome this experience has been. Incredible speakers, programs, and networking. My time with the Anvil truly transformed my thoughts on entrepreneurship and inspired me to set big goals and take risks!"

    - Paige Severino, Biomedical Engineering, fFall 2018 Cohort

  • "This is an amazing program. The time the Anvil director as well as UAB staff and the Birmingham community provided was a tremendous help. I have learned a lot about myself as an entrepreneur and the parts of the business I know for sure I will definitely be hiring someone to do. Every session was helpful. Max and Lydia helped me simplify all the big parts of building a business."

    - Keyani McNeil, Business Administration, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • "This program is what higher education is all about. It's a resource for students who feel compelled to become entrepreneurs. I learned applicable skills that will translate seamlessly into my career. If you came to college in search of opportunities to become the best version of yourself, then do not pass this one up."

    - Robert Agnew, Business Administration, Spring 2019 Cohort

  • “My idea would still be swimming in my head if not for this program, I am still amazed. Thank you."

    - Bre Minniefield, Biomedical Science Ph.D. student, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • "The Anvil may end up changing my life. I have always wanted to help people but having the practical knowledge and guidance from Max, Lydia and many others empowered me to hopefully do this in a financially sustainable way. To help others in such a way where I can employ myself, house hundreds, and mobilize many to help."

    - Jared Sluss, Public Health, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • "I highly recommend this program, no matter what stage you're at with your business idea. The Anvil provides the practical tools, knowledge, and dedicated time to develop your idea more fully. You're able to engage not only with students from broad range of academic fields, but also movers and shakers from the Birmingham business and non-profit community."

    - Tori McDonald, Health Behavior, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • “It was nice to hear from all of the local entrepreneurs about their experiences. I'm definitely walking away from the program with a lot more experience and confidence to attempt additional business ventures."

    - Alyncia Robinson, Health services Administration, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • "The Anvil has been a fantastic and enlightening experience that has not only increased my breadth of knowledge regarding business and entrepreneurship, but it has also exposed me to a wide range of individuals around Birmingham that can help me pursue my own business idea."

    - Andy Curry, Biomedical Engineering, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • "The Anvil literally took me from an introvert into a well-rounded entrepreneur. The connections made along the way alone are worth joining."

    - Tarek Midani, Design and Commercialization, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • "As a graduate student I was beginning to feel boxed-in as to where I could successfully apply my schooling and talents after graduation - academic research or private research. The accelerator helped me realize that my natural curiosity and trained research skills can be used in entrepreneurship to solve problems people struggle with every day. All I needed was the encouragement and guidance to embark on that path, and the program provided that 100%."

    - Sarah Rutland, Medical Sociology, Fall 2018 Cohort

  • Paige Severino
  • Keyani McNeil
  • Robert Agnew
  • Bre Minniefield
  • Jared Sluss
  • Tori McDonald
  • Alyncia Robinson
  • Andy Curry
  • Tarek Midani
  • Sarah Rutland

Student Startups

Houseplant Collective

Birmingham’s first mobile houseplant retailer, offering pop-up events and workshops from a converted school bus.

Led by educational studies doctoral candidate, Jessica Watts

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TruSpin Nanomaterial Innovation, LLC

TruSpin uses a patented process to manufacture nanofibers to desired specifications.

Founded by Applied Physics Ph.D. student Anthony Brayer and Collat School of Business alumnus Robert Agnew

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Link & Lease

Link & Lease is a social enterprise that connects low income residents to landlords with available properties

Led by School of Public Health alumnus Jared Sluss

Fledging

Fledging provides software/hardware solid-state drive replacement solutions for MacBook users. Fledging’s adaptors allow users to upgrade storage capabilities on Apple computers without requiring Apple-specific solid-state drives.

Founded by doctoral student Weida Tan and Computer Science undergraduate alumnus Steven Robbins

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Pro-U LLC

MBA student Thomas Coiner created an Application that allows sports fans to follow their favorite collegiate players as they join professional teams.

Founded by MBA student Thomas Coiner

Vector Applications

Vector Applications, a web development agency specializing in dynamic web applications, was founded by Chris Rocco, a computer science undergraduate student; Caleb Falcione, a computer science undergraduate student; and Michael Langston, an engineering undergraduate student. The web application development startup serves corporate enterprise customers and universities.

Founded by Chris Rocco, a computer science undergraduate student; Caleb Falcione, a computer science undergraduate student; and Michael Langston, an engineering undergraduate student

Kore

A snack nutrition bar with the highest level of nutrient bioavailability through whole, natural ingredients.

Led by Venu Kunche, a Computer Science undergraduate student