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Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge showcases innovations in rural America

The program is a joint effort of American Farm Bureau, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas. The competition is open to farmers and entrepreneurs in nonmetropolitan areas, including 50 counties in Ohio.

Participants, who must be based in a rural county, will compete for the Rural Entrepreneur of the Year Award and prize money of up to $30,000 to implement their ideas. Finalists will pitch their business ideas to a team of judges at AFBF’s annual convention Jan. 11-14 in San Diego, Calif.

Applications are due by Sept. 15 with semi-finalists announced Oct. 14. Learn more about the challenge and submit an application online.

Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.