A Shark Tank-style event empowering innovation and entrepreneurship

Cookeville – The Eagle Works competition (Eagle Works) will be held Saturday, April 15, starting at noon and livestreamed on WCTE PBS HERE. The event features a “Shark Tank-style pitch competition,” where students will showcase innovative ideas and entrepreneurial ventures to a panel of expert judges. It is presented by WCTE PBS and The Center for Rural Innovation program at Tennessee Tech.

The Center for Rural Innovation, a functioning unit of the Office of Research and Economic Development, is committed to empowering Tennessee Tech students to create a brighter future for themselves and the world. Eagle Works is just one of the many events and activities it facilitates to encourage creative problem-solving and entrepreneurship.

“Eagle Works is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving skills of Tennessee Tech University’s exceptional students,” said Michael Aikens, Director of the Center for Rural Innovation. “As we celebrate our 10th annual event, we’re proud to showcase some of the university’s brightest minds who are creating their own jobs instead of waiting for opportunities to come to them,” “Eagle Works embodies the vision of our university to promote experiential learning, leadership and innovative thinking. We’re excited to see what our students will achieve and how their ideas will shape the future.”

Eagle Works will feature teams competing for a cash prize of $10,000. Each team will have five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, who will then have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. The judges will evaluate each pitch based on market potential and innovation.

The live streamed event will be held at Tennessee Tech’s Bell Hall Auditorium and will be open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the participants and judges, as well as learn more about the I&E program and its mission to empower innovation and entrepreneurship.

WCTE PBS will premiere a half-hour edited show of the top three winners to premiere later in the month.

For more information about the Eagle Works competition or the Center for Rural Innovation at Tennessee Tech, please visit https://www.tntech.edu/eagleworks.

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