Innovation Challenge

2024 Challenge Coming Soon!

In partnership with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance, the 2023 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge tasked companies, entrepreneurs, students and innovators with creating new revenue streams from current on-farm processes to increase efficiency and return on investment for producers’ operations.

FiberX, the winning team of this year’s challenge, works with corn growers to source and convert corn stover into a feedstock for the chemical and materials sectors. The company’s product portfolio includes natural fiber-reinforced plastic polymer pellets and fiber for the plastic injection molding industry, focusing on customers producing durable products for long-term use such as outdoor furniture. Their team, comprised of Dave Skibinski, Wade Lange and Tom Santelli, has already received a Manufacturing Readiness Grant from Conexus Indiana and an Innovation Voucher for Elevate Ventures. As winners of the Producer-Led Innovation Challenge, FiberX receives $25,000 to help accelerate commercialization of their solution.

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Indiana’s AgTech Innovation Challenge!

Innovation and Sustainability

From fintech to labor and sustainability, farmers face daily operational challenges that innovators have an opportunity to solve with technology. The Producer-Led Innovation Challenge is a 7-week accelerator designed to help entrepreneurial minds develop go-to-market solutions with a winning team being awarded $25,000 to accelerate commercialization of their product.

Want to learn more about the Challenge? Connect with Geoff Zentz, our Senior Director of Innovation.

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