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Agricultural Innovation Prize – $215, 000 for students to change the food system

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Dear Colleagues,
Apologies for any cross postings, but please distribute the following announcement to your networks. I understand that this is not an immediate job opportunity, but we hope that this will lead to future employment for students.  Note the $1000 Ambassador program for schools that is available now (in addition to the larger cash award opportunities.).
Agricultural Innovation Prize – $215,000 for students to change the food system

With $215,000 in prize money, the newly formed Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances seeks student innovations to address challenges we face in the food system.  Drawing entries from across all disciplines within US universities, the competition is seeking students to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population.

An initial submissions of 2 pages and 10 slides are due online by February 28th, 2014 through http://agprize.com  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 25th and 26th, 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 in 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 also seeking professionals to serve as mentors to the top 25 teams and judges in the competition.  Please visit http://agprize.com for more information on the submission requirements, ambassador positions, and various roles that professionals can play in helping students participate in the competition.

Questions about the Agricultural Innovation Prize can be sent to team@agprize.com
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David LeZaks, PhD
Managing Scientist – Knowledge Systems for Sustainability (KSS)
Program Manager – Agricultural Innovation Prize
University of Wisconsin – Madison
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