2015 Winners & Judges

American Farm Bureau kicked off the first Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2015. The Challenge was created in partnership with Georgetown University. We had a total of 95 applications submitted by rural entrepreneurs nationwide. We awarded $85,000 in startup funds to 4 rural entrepreneurs.

Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner

ScoutPro, Inc. - $30,000 prize
Michael Koenig & Stuart McCulloh
Lone Tree, Iowa

People's Choice Award winner

Pasturebird LLC - $25,000 prize
Paul Greive & Jeff McDaniel
Temecula, California

Finalist Runner-Up

Golden Bridges - $15,000 prize
Suzanne Ellerbrock & Nancy Waters
Palmyra, Missouri

Finalist Runner-Up

Pulaski Grow - $15,000 prize
Lee Spiegel
Pulaski, Virginia

Judges

Amy Gales

Executive Vice President, 
Regional Agribusiness Banking Group
CoBank

Dr. Ron Hustedde

Director, Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute
University of Kentucky

 

Dr. Rob LeClerc

Co-Founder & CEO
AgFunder

Mark Rockefeller

CEO & Co-Founder
StreetShares