About the Englers
The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program presents their version of “The Oscars” appropriately titled... “The Englers”! This recognition and awards ceremony is built around our core values - Aspire, Passion, Grit, Courage, Partner and Build, each with a corresponding award symbol. In addition to the 6 pillar awards, we have designated a “Fire in the Belly” award to the student/s who embody a combination of all of the pillars, and an Engler Swashbuckler award to a partner of our organization who has played a critical role in our growth and success.
In association with The Englers, the Alumni presented their inaugural Alumni Champion Award to Ben Halvorson. This person exemplifies what it means to be a part of the Engler Alumni program, is involved with the students and gives back their time, is pursuing their own venture and exhibits excellence within the cultural pillars of Engler.
The Startup Bullpen event is held before The Englers. This is a chance for student companies to display their business product or service, network with guests, and pitch their business ideas.
Pillar Award Winners
Courage Award: Morgan Cuttlers
Courage is a daily decision to confront what most would consider insurmountable challenges head on while refusing to let obstacles become barriers.
Partner Award: Logan Kalkowski
Hard Hat and the book “The hard hat”
As entrepreneurs, we value partnership as one of the highest forms of a human relationship
Grit Award: Brandon Nichols
Grit is perseverance and passion while displaying an uncommon level of dedication to the attainment of a goal
Aspiration Award: Grant Suddarth
Aspiring entrepreneurs see solutions and pathways to solutions, where others see problems
Build Award: Thomas Kayton
Builders don’t wait for all the right answers, they just get moving and do it!
“Fire in the Belly” Award: Darin Knobbe & Jake Wilkins
Red Crystal Diamond
This award is core to the belief that entrepreneurs have a fire or deep passion inside them coming from a desire to fulfill their purpose, the knowledge that failure is an opportunity to learn, giving up is not an option, and the willingness to take necessary risks
Engler Swashbuckler Award: Cassie Lapaseotes & Chuck Schroeder
A swashbuckler is a protagonist who is heroic, idealistic, and willing to embrace the adventure and risk associated with a great undertaking and these 2 people have played a critical role in our success