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EDGE Labs is UA’s technology incubator, which features wet labs and equipment necessary for new businesses requiring state-of-the-art laboratory space. EDGE Labs also provides technical infrastructure that helps UA faculty, researchers, and students develop and test processes and prototypes that can be translated into products for the marketplace.

EDGE Labs is closely interconnected with The EDGE, the coworking and collaboration space that is the result of a partnership with UA, the City of Tuscaloosa, and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Resources from all three groups come together to help grow a vibrant ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship, business growth, and personal enterprise.

The facility, which is located in the AIME Building on the north end of the University of Alabama campus, near the Ferguson Student Center, is part of UA’s push to support regional entrepreneurship and economic development.

For more information, contact Ying Qin, assistant director of commercialization and business engagement, at

720 2nd St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Incubating Companies

JAQ Energy LLC

Solving energy availability anxiety and security for electrified transportation and other applications through developing Wirelessly Enabled and Distributed Energy Storage (WEDES) Systems.


Specializing in electrified environmental technologies, aiming to treat septic tank effluent to non-potable reuse standards.

A New Home for Builders, Creators, and Visionaries

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    EDGE Labs is part of UA’s push to align campus entrepreneurial resources to support job growth and new opportunities.


    Nurturing STEM teams to transition their ideas into the marketplace so they can build sustainable companies, create new jobs, attract investment, and benefit society.