Frequently Asked Questions


What's this all about?

Students compete after creating and marketing new industrial products made from soybeans (or soybean components) or corn (or corn components).

The competition is sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.


I don't know anything about corn or soybeans,  is that alright?

No problem!  You only need one technical person on your team who can perform the lab work.  Teams of 2 to 4 full time Purdue students (undergrads & graduate) area allowed.


How will I form my team?

Talk to your friends or classmates.  You can also meet possible team members at the Informational Meeting in the fall.  Next, you will choose two professors who will act as the team's advisers and provide lab space.


Why should I compete?

You will gain the experience of working with others outside of your major.

You will be able to show potential employers a completed product made by you!

You will have the opportunity to mingle with manufacturing representatives who might want to buy your product or hire you!

You could potentially change the world.

Stand out in other invention events and contests.

Win CASH!  $20,000 to the winning team and $10,000 to the runner-up.  Every team that finishes will receive a nice completion award.


How do I get stated?

Fill out the Team or Individual On-line registration at https://engineering.purdue.edu/ABE/Academics/Competitions/index_html