While he did not win this week’s fourth annual “Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge,” Alex Adams, Founder of GeoAir, said the experience was well worth the effort.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to DC which allowed us to participate in business workshops, marketing videos and photos, and exposure through a press conference,” the University of Tennessee (UT) graduate told us yesterday. “The trip to Nashville was also great exposure to a variety of different companies that were present and allowed me to make several great connection with farmers who were highly interested in our service. I know GeoAir will have great success from the feedback that I received from the Farm Bureau community.”
SwineTech Inc., an Iowa company that creates technologies to reduce piglet mortalities on farrowing facilities all over the world, won this week’s top prize. The competition was held in Nashville during the organization’s annual conference.
“I look forward to continuing to grow GeoAir into a platform that will help all rural communities,” Adams said. “I was very impressed by the supporters who helped promote and voted for GeoAir for the People’s Choice Award. It is always good to know that you have a great community backing you up.”
As previously reported on teknovation.biz, it is the third year in a row that a UT-connected team was one of the finalists. Adams is a serial entrepreneur who started his several journeys while a UT student. Previous finalists from the Volunteer State were Grow Bioplastics, Co-Founded by Tony Bova, one of the students in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, and FarmSpec, tied to both the Knoxville and Martin campuses.