Aggie Food Entrepreneurship Challenge


The Aggie Food Entrepreneurship Challenge asks students to think about the various problems our community faces with food access and hunger and to develop innovative and scalable solutions to address these problems. 

Students are asked to focus on a problem, develop a potential solution to that problem and present their solution to the judges. 

Do you have a “BIG” idea—a more innovative idea to improve food security, reduce hunger, increase access to healthy food, reduce food waste, reduce environmental impact of food waste, encourage healthy eating habits, etc.? 

Together we can improve the current methods for producing, distributing and consuming food, and reduce the rate of heart disease and type 2 diabetes as well as the amount of pollution caused by the fertilizers, chemicals and fuel used to produce and transport food.



All students who are currently enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University are eligible to participate in the competition. 

Students may participate as individuals or as teams.

Teams should be comprised of four members or less.


Application Process 

  1. Complete the online registration.
  2. Submit proposal/application that identifies a specific problem and develop a solution to that problem. The proposal should include the following:
    1. Summarize/describe the problem to be addressed and the type of solution to be developed.
    2. Give some background to this problem, including your thoughts about the causes of the problem and why it is important.
    3. Indicate what current approaches are being used and state why these approaches are not satisfactory.
    4. Describe the product, device, program and or service you intend to provide to address this problem, e.g. its features and how it will work to address the problem. If necessary, include diagrams. Your solution may be a for-profit or non-profit business, a new process or procedure, or simply intellectual property (your idea/solution MUST be the original work of your team). Also, explain why you believe your proposed solution will work.
    5. State the qualifications and experience of your team.
    6. List the specific resources you will need, the sources of the resources, e.g. web developer, prototype, etc.
    7. Estimate the funds needed to develop and implement your solution. Indicate how the funds will be used.
  3. Individuals and teams may submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per individual or team will be selected to advance to the finals.
  4. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on xxxxxx. Late entries will not be accepted. Send all submissions to Dr. Thaddeus McEwen, or Merrick Hall 142.
  5. Team compositions are FINAL at the close of registration.


How winners will be selected?

Preliminary Round. A panel of judges will evaluate all entries submitted and identify the top teams eligible to move forward to the finals. The decision of the judges is final.

Competition Finals. For teams selected as finalists, each member must attend the competition finals to be considered for a prize.

Also, at least two members must make the team’s presentation to the judges. All team members are expected to participate in the question and answer section of the presentation.

Three winners will be selected in both the undergraduate and graduate categories, and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 


1st $1,200
2nd $800
3rd $500


The university, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual or team from the competition at any time (before or after the judging or the awarding of prizes) for any reason. Reasons for disqualifying may include but not be limited to plagiarism and any other form of academic dishonesty, misappropriations or any failure to comply with the rules; disqualified teams shall forfeit any and all prizes awarded to them.