ATHENS — It’s not way too late for University of Georgia students to transform their novel concepts into a probability at a grand prize of $10,000.
The UGA Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Foods and AgriBusiness Entrepreneurial Initiative (FABricate) is accepting proposals by way of Feb. 20. Preliminary interviews will be performed March 17, and finalists will be invited back to pitch their strategies practically to a team of judges March 24.
Classes for the contest incorporate new foods items, agricultural technology, agriculture or food organizations, and environmental or sustainable companies. This is the fifth 12 months CAES has held the entrepreneurial competitors.
FABricate is hosted by CAES but is open up to UGA students from all backgrounds and faculties in just the college, which include graduate learners. Men and women or groups of up to 5 can compete.
Earlier winners have run the gamut of tips and products: an alcoholic beverages proportion detector for kombucha, a wellbeing dietary supplement for coffee, vegan cupcakes and an irrigation sensor. Some past winners have continued their businesses right after graduation, and other folks have parlayed the gain into other options.
“The genuine price of FABricate isn’t the funds prize — although that is pleasant — it is the knowledge of doing the job by means of a commence-up and obtaining accessibility to methods to enable you by means of the course of action,” mentioned Chris Rhodes, the director of market partnerships and venture-based mastering at CAES, who manages the application. “If you want your enthusiasm to be your position, this is the best program to get you started. Even if an ongoing small business is not your objective, the working experience you get from the contest will give you a leg up in what ever career you acquire.”
Keith Kelly, a CAES alumnus who is a long-time entrepreneur and owner of Farmview Market in Morgan County, and his spouse, Pam, have supported the software given that its inception in 2017.
“I carry on to help FABricate simply because it provides students these a excellent wealth of experience,” Kelly mentioned. “I have employed a few of FABricate grads and have partnered with two other people. They are authentic leaders in my firm and in Georgia’s entrepreneurial neighborhood.”
Josh Paine is a marketing expert with the College of Georgia College or university of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.