The Warren G. Buffet Foundation and University of Wisconsin-Madison have launched a $215,000 Agricultural Innovation prize for students to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems. The competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines and runs through spring 2014, when teams will compete for the chance to win $215,000 in prize money, with a grand prize of $100,000; making this the largest agriculture-focused student competition in the world.
An initial submissions of 2 pages and 10 slides are due online by February 28, 2014. After the first round of judging, the top 25 teams will be announced and move on to the final rounds hosted in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25 and 26, 2014 where they will compete for a $100,000 grand prize, 4 - $25,000 runner up prizes and a $15,000 audience choice prize to launch their idea.
Students who would like to get involved on their campuses are invited to serve as on-campus ambassadors. These ambassadors will receive $1,000 to assist in raising local awareness of the contest opportunity.
The competition is seeking professionals to serve as mentors to the top 25 teams and judges in the competition.