From a smart irrigation system for the home landscape to a new recipe for a protein-packed meal on the go, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students have some great ideas.
Those great ideas were front and center Wednesday evening as the college celebrated the finale of its inaugural FABricate student entrepreneurship contest-a multi-month program in which teams developed new agricultural technologies, food products, and food- and agriculture-related startups, and pitched them to business leaders.
Students were given $1,500 in seed money to develop their products and business ideas as far as they could in six months. The team in each category with the most innovative and best-developed idea won $1,000 per team member. An overall winner was selected and a People's Choice Award was also presented.
"Universities have long been institutions that foster inquiry and investigation into nature and discovery," said CAES Dean Sam Pardue. "This program helps students transfer that curiosity and their ingenuity into an innovative business idea or product for the marketplace."
The competition enabled UGA students to expand their leadership and business skills. In addition to seed money, the college provided coaching and guidance from faculty mentors as well as monthly seminars from successful entrepreneurs.
For more information at the FABricate contest, see students.caes.uga.edu/current/fabricate.html.