The NFL announced that it will again serve as the title sponsor for the fifth annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Battle of the Brains that takes place October 20-23 in Austin, TX.

"Showcasing the immensely talented students that populate our nation's HBCUs has been a central focus of the HBCU Battle of the Brains," said Gregory Gibson, HBCU Battle of the Brains Founder and Executive Director. "The commitment of the NFL illustrates its shared belief in the product of our HBCU institutions."

The 2021 HBCU Battle of the Brains will pit teams of the best and brightest STEM and business students from HBCUs across the country against each other to compete for more than $50,000 in scholarships. Teams will have 24 hours to develop a solution to a presented business challenge and will pitch live in front of an audience. They will be judged on analysis, a business/technology solution, a presentation and Q&A, with crowd participation constituting one of the final votes.

More than 30 NFL executives and staff across the league and media offices will be on hand during the four-day event to support the participants in a variety of roles, including featured speakers, team mentors and competition judges.

"The NFL is excited to once again sponsor the HBCU Battle of the Brains event," said David Jurenka, Senior Vice President, NFL Media & General Manager, Los Angeles. "We have seen countless examples of how this event continues to shine a light on the incredibly gifted young minds that will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of various industries. The creativity and enthusiasm surrounding this event is truly inspiring, and we always cherish the opportunity to engage and interact with these students."

"The HBCU Battle of the Brains event is one we look forward to participating in each and every year," said Michelle McKenna, NFL Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer. "Engaging and working with the dedicated HBCU community remains an important priority for the NFL, and we are excited to continue to grow our relationship through events such as the Battle of the Brains."

For more information, visit the Battle of the Brains website. Follow the competition on Twitter (@hbcubotbrains) and Instagram (@hbcubotbrains) and join the conversation using #HBCUBOTBrains and #MoreToBattleFor.