Tennessee Tech’s business pitch competition funds student entrepreneurs and innovators.

Innovation starts at Tennessee Tech University. Students learn skills to problem-solve and create, as well as work with teams and in competitive marketplaces. (Photo: Tennessee Tech University)

Students at Tennessee Tech don’t have to wait until graduation to start a business, earn startup money or change rural areas for the better.

While earning a college degree, Tennessee Tech students can cultivate the skills of innovators and entrepreneurs through programs honing their fresh energy and ideas. This year, two biology students began changing rural emergency medicine when they entered Tennessee Tech’s business pitch competition, Eagle Works.

Similar to reality television think tanks, Eagle Works is a competition where undergraduate and graduate students pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win a portion of almost