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Ugo Convenience Delivery; SWJ Breilmann Complete Edge Incubation

The Edge graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, Aug. 25. The Edge graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, Aug. 25. The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Two local startup businesses, Ugo Convenience Delivery and SWJ Breilmann, celebrated graduation from The Edge Thursday, completing the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s incubation program.

Ugo is a service that delivers food, beverages and health and wellness items for a small delivery fee. Customers place orders via Ugo’s mobile app or website, and can track their order in real time as it is being delivered directly to their home, apartment or dorm room. The average delivery time is under 20 minutes. Formed in November 2015, the convenience delivery service has been particularly popular with University of Alabama students and gaining significant traction.

SWJ Breilmann, a flexible engineering, planning and project management firm overseen by Dr. Wolfgang Kneer, supports and optimizes facilities processes, products and services. They currently provide services for all major German automotive manufacturers internationally. The company focuses on streamlining processes products and services through the kaizen business philosophy, lean integration, Kanban systems and supply chain management. SWJ Breilmann delivers best-in-class services tailored to customer requirements and has more than 5,000 successfully completed projects worldwide. 

“Although these two companies couldn’t be more different, they share a common trait,” said Jim Page, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. “They identified a need, and developed that need into a business.”

A partnership between the University of Alabama, the City of Tuscaloosa and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the Edge program offers emerging businesses assistance in developing management, financial and technical skills, while also providing virtual and co-working space, mentoring and counseling from subject matter experts. 

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