Alltech Innovation Competition

This Saturday, April 26th marks the second annual Pearse Lyons’ challenge. Once again, $20,000 will be on the line again this year for one Kentucky College to win. Alltech’s president ,Pearse Lyons, created this challenge to see which team could put forward the best plan to create jobs for the Commonwealth. Last year’s winner, University of Kentucky, put forward the idea for reclaiming mountaintops with switchgrass for fuel.

However, this year the competition will be much more stiff. The plan is to capitalize on innovation in Kentucky’s food and agriculture sectors. Public Relations Manager for Alltech, Susanna Elliott, said that the competition is going to be even more difficult because of the increase in competitors. The competition has increased from just three schools to eight since the past year.

“We have nine judges this year as opposed to five judges last year. Also, the third place winner will be determined by two Alltech judges,” Elliott said.

With this increase, came a new location for the event as well. “Because we have so many universities competing this year, we had to move from Alltech to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College,” Elliott said.

The competitors are as follows:
Asbury University
Eastern Kentucky University
Georgetown College
Morehead State University
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Pikeville
Western Kentucky University



Photo courtesy of Alltech

Visit highlights video from the 2013 Alltech Innovation Competition at


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