AgEnterprise Challenge

Rise up to the Challenge, Win $2000!

The AgEnterprise Challenge is an initiative of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, natural resources, and environmental sustainability. 

AgEnterprise Challenge Information

What is it?

The Ag sector has several opportunities and challenges that need to be explored and addressed. How do we repurpose former ag production facilities? How do we create value-added enterprises without a large startup capital? AGNR has partnered with MidAtlantic farm credit to explore some of the biggest challenges the agricultural sector currently faces. We believe that students have the potential to address these challenges. That is why we are inviting all students, regardless of major, background, or expertise, to come, learn, brainstorm, develop solutions, and make some cash while solving one of the biggest environmental challenges in the United States. There is no prerequisite to be a part of this challenge, just a willingness to do good for the environment and the world.

Who is this challenge for?

Everyone! All UMD students are invited. We also encourage students from other disciplines to join the challenge. To solve most of the issues we face, we will need a diverse group of students to share their knowledge, creativity, and expertise. While we are not sure yet how many teams will participate, we had a similar but smaller event in the summer, where five teams participated.

What do I need to do?

First, register for the competition. We encourage students to form teams, however, students can register as individuals and find other individuals to join them. We encourage that you have between 2-4 individuals in your team. 

We will be using Facebook groups as an interaction platform between students, experts, and mentors. If you are not on Facebook, please sign up just for this challenge. 

Everyone will be required to join the Facebook group. They can create an account just for the challenge. We hope to make it an interactive group for all of the members and mentors. You will be able to introduce your team members in the Facebook group.

While some of the information will be provided, we encourage you to do additional research to understand the challenge topic better.


How does this work?

This challenge will run for three weeks. In the first week, all participants will receive information about the challenge. They will attend a virtual introductory session to learn from and ask the experts questions concerning the challenge. The students will also be invited to engage and participate in the Facebook group. In the second week, the students will attend a Q&A session and engage with experts to develop solutions to the challenge. In the final week, students will develop video presentations to submit to a panel of judges who will select the winners.

The winners will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place - $2000
  • 2nd Place - $1000
  • 3rd Place - $500

What time is required?

We estimate three to five hours per week. The program schedule is going to be flexible. The only mandatory sessions will be the Introductory and Q&A sessions. These sessions will be held after regular class hours.


Each team interested in participating in the AgEnterprise Challenge must fill out this Registration Form.

Workshop Sessions

Workshop information coming soon! 


If you have any questions, contact Cedric Nwafor:

Arrange a meeting to learn more about the AgEnterprise Challenge. 

Sponsors and Partners

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AgEnterprise Challenge 2020 Playlist

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In the spirit of "the show must go on," students in the 2020 AgEnterprise Challenge pushed forward despite obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seeding Commercial Success