Submissions to the Agricultural Innovation Prize are invited beginning on December 2nd 2013 at midnight Central Standard Time (CST) and the submission period will end on February 28th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Please feel free to start an application today by following this link. Any questions or clarifications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The entry must address social and agricultural challenges within food systems to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population. Please also see the judging criteria and scope.
- The entry must be composed of a process, product, service, or technology.
- For the initial round of competition, each entry must consist of three elements that are submitted: a narrative of the business proposal that does not exceed two pages (in the format of a PDF), a 200 word abstract of the business plan (that may be made publicly available), and a presentation (in the format of a PDF) not to exceed ten slides.
- The 25 teams that are invited be compete in the semi-finals must submit: a narrative of the business proposal that does not exceed 15 pages, a 200 word abstract of the business plan (that may be made publicly available), and a presentation (in the format of a PDF) not to exceed 20 slides for a 15 minute oral presentation.
- There are no additional submission requirements for the final round of the competition. Semi-finalists will be able to modify their presentations before the final round of competition.
- Teams invited to compete in the semi-final competition (25-26 April 2014, Madison, WI) must be present to be eligible to receive any prize money. Final presentations must be given by students, but mentors/non-student team members/etc may be available to answer questions. One thousand dollars will be awarded to the top 25 teams to facilitate travel.
- Entries for the first round of the competition must be received by February 28th, 2014 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time.
- Entries for the semi-final round of the competition must be received by April 18th, 2014 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time.
- All entries must be submitted through our online system in order to be eligible for the competition. Do not submit any entry materials via e-mail.
Haven’t written a business plan before? Need some more information to help you reach these guidelines? We’ve compiled a short list of online resources that you might find helpful:
- Small Business Administration guide to writing a business plan – http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/how-write-business-plan
- A more recent approach to business planning in the Business Model Canvas – http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas
- A video series on the Business Model Canvas – http://www.entrepreneurship.org/bmc
- The lean startup is easily holding the most “get started” buzz around business formation – http://theleanstartup.com/
- Nate Lustig provides a great getting started guide to entrepreneurship – http://www.nathanlustig.com/entrepreneur-101/
- Startup Weekend may host events in your area – http://startupweekend.org/
- Entrepreneurship classes and other opportunities – http://www.nfte.com/
- NCIIA hosts training and events – http://nciia.org/
- Some great resources on how to build an effective poster display – http://mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/poster-presentations-101-creating-effective-presentations/
- TED is a great resource to see a lot of wonderful speakers, but sometimes the speakers speak on how to speak effectively – http://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_duarte_the_secret_structure_of_great_talks.html