Dr. Mark Gagnon: Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Penn State

Mark Gagnon is the Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and Entrepreneurship Coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

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May 23, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM


The Village at Penn State, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA

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Gagnon is a former entrepreneur and business development executive in forest products and building materials. He has been involved in two green building products start-ups that have generated over $2M in revenues and has managed product portfolios over $300M. In addition, he has extensive experience in new product development and has been part of successful product launches for leading brands. He also consults with leading firms and emerging start-ups in food, agriculture and bio-renewables.

Dr. Gagnon's scholarly interests are in the area of for-profit entrepreneurship that address challenges in food, agriculture and bio-renewables. Many of these challenges in the agriculture space naturally fit under the banner of sustainability. His current research examines the role of entrepreneur cognition and decision making on new firm practices and performance. In addition, he is investigating investor and venture capital activity and knowledge gaps in food, agriculture and bio-renewables. He teaches entrepreneurship and coordinates the entrepreneurship minor in food and bio-innovation.

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