President's Corner: Calling All 'Ento-Preneurs' to the Antlion Pit

Bob Peterson, Ph.D.

Bob Peterson, Ph.D.

March 27, 2019

In the last President’s Corner, I discussed the importance of creating a lasting culture of innovation at your ESA. A very important part of this emphasis on innovation is our inaugural Antlion Pit. This is a competition for you to pitch your innovative idea for a chance to win a significant cash prize that will allow you to further develop your idea.  

In planning for our initiatives this year, several of us discussed potential fun and impactful activities to further the cause of innovation. This led us to the idea of doing a spinoff on the popular TV show Shark Tank. Rayda Krell, annual meeting program co-chair thought of the name Antlion Pit. We are also very fortunate that Marianne Alleyne has agreed to lead Antlion Pit. She has a lot of experience in design processes and venture creation.

Pitch competitions are increasingly popular for people to share and further develop creative ideas. Our competition encourages the development of the entrepreneurial spirit through idea leadership, innovation, teamwork, and mentorship. We have a series of webinars this year for anyone who wants to learn more about the innovation process. The yearlong activities will culminate at Entomology 2019 in St. Louis with the entertaining pitch competition.

Antlion Pit is for all ESA members. Do you have a great idea? Do you want to learn how to take your idea to the next level? Do you want a chance to win $5,000 or $2,500? Then enter the Antlion Pit. See for much more information, including entry rules and deadlines.

Advocate Entomology!

Robert K. D. Peterson, Ph.D.
President, Entomological Society of America
Professor of Entomology, Montana State University

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