Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program Hosts Quick Pitch Competition

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May 26, 2015

Lincoln, Neb. — On April 23 the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program hosted a quick pitch business competition for University of Nebraska – Lincoln undergraduate students who competed for one of three $1,000 awards.  Students had to give a two and a half minute pitch and then answer three minutes of questions from the panel of judges. 

A total of forty-two students pitched at the event and were divided into three separate divisions, one freshman-sophomore and two junior-senior.  After all of the students had presented, they then had to opportunity to sit down with the judges and gain valuable feedback about how to improve their ideas and presentations. 

In the freshman-sophomore division the winner was Toni Rasmussen, Agricultural Education major from Newman Grove, Neb. Toni’s business is Scapegoat Sales and specializes in raising and selling Boer meat goats in a niche market to ethnic communities who need a reliable and trustworthy source of this protein meat.

 In the junior/senior category, Logan Peters, animal science major from Pender, won for the third year in a row with his branded beef product involving Wagyu cattle and the selling of meat to consumers and restaurants. Also a winner in this category was DeWayne Taylor, Broadcasting major from St Louis, MO, with his “D-Wayne” Master of Ceremonies business. A public speaker for six years, DeWayne bills himself as the “THE MC for the Midwest”.

 Each of the winners received a $1,000 award to apply towards their college major/minor.

Michelle Bassford
Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program

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