2023 Winners

1st Place: AdsorbeadsAtharv Dixit, Kristen Hall, Nitesh Kasera, Rosie Maloney, Paige Seibert, and Hannah Wall
Innovative use of biochar hydrogels for water quality management and value-added waste upcycling in Nebraska
North Carolina State University

2nd Place: Friendly Filters, Camila Gonzalez, Vancie Peacock, and Hunter Porcano
Friendly Filters installs methane biofiltration systems on dairy farms
Penn State University

3rd Place: PERC, Carly Graves, Lillian Lower, and Ethan Woods
Conserving Nebraska’s Grazing Lands via Removal and Pelletization of Eastern Red Cedar Trees for Sustainable Energy Generation
North Carolina State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

At the Annual International Meeting, ASABE hosts a bioprocess simulated “shark tank” format competition, which encourage students to develop a new product or process that utilizes a unique biological resource. Students will design a product or process, conduct any necessary experimentation, testing, and/or modeling, and write a brief report describing their design and marketing of the product or process; a physical prototype is not required for competition. Student teams will pitch their ideas to a group of industry representatives serving as judges in a simulated “shark tank” format at the ASABE Annual International Meeting (AIM). Teams are required to create a poster of their product/process for display at the AIM.


April 15, 2024, is the deadline to submit Round 1 documents for the competition. No late submissions will be accepted. Teams will be informed of results by May 15. The top three teams will be invited to compete in the final pitch at the Annual International Meeting.

Rules and Contest Guidelines

Past Winners


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