Applications are being accepted through Sept. 15. Applicants should send an executive summary of no more than 750 words and five captioned photos about the new business idea, says the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Applications are judged based on innovation, feasibility and rural impact.
Ten semi-finalists will make a 5-minute presentation to judges on Oct. 14 at the National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship at Georgetown. Four finalists will advance to the finals at the Farm Bureau convention Jan. 9-14 in San Diego, where they will pitch their ideas to another set of judges. Finalists will all receive $15,000, with the winner earning another $15,000. For more information or to apply, click here.