Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program Annual Report, 2013-2014
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ANNUAL REPORTENGLER AGR IBUS INESS ENTREPRENEURSH I P PROGRAM
UNIVERS I T Y OF NEBRASKAL INCOLN
It is our pleasure to provide this inaugural annual report for the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. We have endeavored to create an enterprise worthy of the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation investment and build it up in granite so its impact will be felt for generations to come.
The Engler program provides a transformative experience for students; while there is much work yet to be done, our momentum is established and our commitment to the vision is resolute. Three guiding principles have driven our decisions:
Invest in people
Create pride of ownership
Champion the intersection of ideas, talent, and skill.
Success to date can be attributed to the energy, work ethic, passion, and vision of the Engler Entrepreneurs those young men and women who would rather try, fail, and try again
than to be beholden to circumstance or a sense of entitlement.
We believe that successful growth of entrepreneurial talent requires the following steps:
Identifypeoplewith grit, courage, and passion as early as possible. Then nurture their aspirations and cultivate their partnerships as they endeavor to build the future.
Developtalentby getting students in the game early demand their best, coach them in both success and failure, and surround them with the experiences and stories of entrepreneurs who have blazed the trail.
Buildaculturethat inspires entrepreneurial behavior and creates partnerships, collaboration, and a willingness to sail into uncharted waters.
Designasystemthatsupports Engler Entrepreneurs during both their undergraduate years and beyond as they build enterprises and pursue dreams.
We look forward to the impact of the Engler Entrepreneurs on the world. We have far to travel to attain our highest aspirations, though with each step we are thankful for the opportunity to be engaged in the wonderful work of shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs.
2012 2013 2014
Our MISSIONTo build enterprises that contribute value to agriculture
and communities by nurturing, challenging, and equipping entrepreneurial talent.
ENGLEr EXPErIENCE VISION
Create and sustain an exhilarating environment of challenge, creativity, and collaboration that fosters new perspectives, celebrates innovative thinking, and encourages personal
discovery while changing the way students think. The Engler Experience prepares students to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to
their lifes work and engages them for a lifetime.
StratEGIC INtENt StatEMENt
The Engler Experience will equip aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their big ideas resulting in the launch and growth of
50 ventures by 2020 through transformative experiences, impactful relationships, and
a stimulating environment.
Our CuLturE IS baSEd ON 6 PILLarS:
The Engler Entrepreneurial Tour immerses students in the free-enterprise experience. During the 2014 Engler
Entrepreneurial Tour, students
heard first-hand stories of successful
entrepreneurial ventures, explored
innovative business models, and
learned from companies at various
stages of maturity.
BUSINESS STOPS ON THE TOUR: Heartland Cattle Co., McCook, Neb.
Maddux Cattle Company, Wauneta, Neb.
Greeley Hatworks, Greeley, Colo.
Cattle Fax, Denver
U.S. Meat Export Federation, Denver
IMI Global, Castle Rock, Colo.
Clean Coal Solutions, Denver
Republic Financial Corporation, Denver
NexGen Resources Corporation, Denver
Altenburg Super Baldies, Wellington, Colo.
Leachman of Colorado, Wellington, Colo.
Compass Ag Solutions, Fort Collins, Colo.
Irish Crme Sheep Dairy, Bushnell, Neb.
Brown Sheep Co., Mitchell, Neb.
Lapaseotes Cattle Company, Bridgeport, Neb.
Cabelas, Sidney, Neb.
Protatch Industries, Grand Island, Neb.
On the RoadENGLER ENTREPRENERURIAL TOUR + DAY TRIPS
5 key lessons learned: ChaRaCTER, COmpETEnCE, Cash flOW, CulTuRE, CusTOmERs
105 deli box lunches
17 businesses in 4 days
Engler Tourby the numbers
Day TRIPSLaNDOLL CORPORaTION, MaRySvILLE, KaN. Leader in innovative design,
world class manufacturing, and marketing of quality products and services in various industries
FUSE COwORKINg, LINCOLN, NEB. Coworking space for Lincolns knowledge-workers, creatives, and technologists
BLUE vaLLEy MEaTS, DILLER, NEB. Operators of Pony
Express Ranch and C & C Processing for over a decade
595 strengthened relationships
22Entrepreneurship/Leadership Learning Community - 2014
Entrepreneurship/Leadership Learning Community - 2013
39 Entrepreneurship Opportunities
for Agribusiness Enterprises
71 Family Business Management
33 Entrepreneurial Internships
COurSE ENrOLLMENt:COurSE ENrOLLMENt:COurSE ENrOLLMENt:COurSE ENrOLLMENt:COurSE ENrOLLMENt:COurSE ENrOLLMENt: LEarNING
COMMuNItY:LEarNING COMMuNItY:LEarNING COMMuNItY:LEarNING COMMuNItY:LEarNING COMMuNItY:
KENNETH gREEN, Firestone, Colo.Agra Holdings LP, Engler Advisory Board member
Creating Value through Entrepreneurship, Nov. 8, 2012
View lecture at: go.unl.edu/r5rc
JOHN & LEaNN SaUNDERS, Castle Rock, Colo., Where Food Comes From, Inc.
Building Business, April 10, 2013
View lecture at: go.unl.edu/m3sr
JOE STONE, Minneapolis, Minn.Cargill Feed & Nutrition, Business Unit Leader, UNL alum, Engler Advisory Board member
Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Agriculture, Nov. 14, 2013
View lecture at: go.unl.edu/34nn
JaSON TaTgE, Kansas City, Mo.Farmobile LLC
Tatge shared his experiences in building two innovative technology companies, Feb. 27, 2014
View lecture at: go.unl.edu/hcm7
The Engler lecture series is founded on the premise that aspiring entrepreneurs can gain significant value from associating with successful entrepreneurs and learning from their experiences the good, the bad, and the ugly.
These lectures offer Engler students the opportunity to hear the story of how a company was created, and also for one-on-one discussions with invited guests. Through these conversations students will gain deeper insight into the world of entrepreneurship, while developing professional relationships of lasting value.
a GrOWING PrOGraM
ENGLER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS
TRENDS THAT SHOW GROWTH
ENGLER QUICK PITCH ENTRIES
BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION ENTRIES
23 entries in competition.
Applications for 2014-15
77 Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Scholarship
established in 2014:
Scholarship recipients for 2014-15:
36 Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Scholarships
awarded in 2014-15:
MEGAN WOLfE, RAyMOND, NEB.
JEff HORNUNG, DAvEy, NEB.
AARON RERUCHA, DAvID CITy, NEB.
CURTIS WETOvICK, fULLERTON, NEB.
AMBER BURENHEIDE, HOWELLS, NEB.
GRANT STAHLA-GRAND ISLAND, NEB.
Robin Coulter Lapaseotes was a rancher, community leader, and entrepreneur from Bridgeport, Neb., and a former Engler Advisory Board member. She passed away in a car accident in February 2014. We will never forget her.
(34 Engler,2 Lapaseotes)
Scholarships awarded in 2014-15
E NG L E RH ADDurin
g 2013, our inagural year,
aChIEVING as an engler entrepreneur
MORTAR BOARDCASNR STUDENT GOvERNMENT
HOMECOMING ROyALTy CANDIDATESSTATE AND NATIONAL ffA OffICERSINNOCENTS SOCIETy MEMBERS
DEANS LISTCASNR ADvISORy BOARD
HOMECOMING QUEEN - JORDyN LECHTENBERG
ENGLEr buSINESS PLaN COMPEtItION
ENGLEr QuICk PItCh COMPEtItION
23 entries1st place:Aaron Rerucha2nd place:Jordyn Lechtenberg
71 entries Jr/Sr Division: 1st place Marissa Grooms Fr/So Division: 1st place tie Logan Peters & Jeff Hornung
uNL NEW VENturE COMPEtItION
NOrthWESt MISSOurI StatE NEW VENturE PItCh COMPEtItION 2nd place: Aerial AgVantage,
Laura Stevens, Falls City, Neb., agronomy graduate student
3rd place: Turf-grass Repair Kit, Alex Kohel, Lincoln, Neb., agronomy graduate student
2nd place (out of 36 entries):CornSoyWater, real-time data on irrigation timing for corn and soybeans, Chenchou Han, agronomy graduate student
Cba QuICk PItCh1st Place Winners: Amber Burenheide and Erin Kinley (Four winners in the college division, two are Engler affiliated.) 40 students competed in the college division
Cba NEW VENturE COMPEtItIONGrand Prize 1st Traditional Growth: Stahla Services, Grant Stahla, Grand Island, Neb., management senior and Engler Entrepreneur. Stahla Services provides upscale mobile restrooms for outdoor events. 2nd place Traditional Growth: Ox-Bows Natural Landscape Company, Aaron Rerucha, David City, Neb., horticulture senior and Engler Minor. Ox-Bows Natural Landscape features and designs are unique for using natural materials and native plants.
#1 uNIVErSItY for number of submissions to the Buffett Ag Innovation Prize Competiti