Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Courses, competitions, events, and business development resources for future entrepreneurs working in agriculture.

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Pasta 2050’s pitch for pasta made with cricket flour won first place and $7,500 Thursday April 13 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. L to R: Dr. Mark Gagnon, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Dean Richard Roush, College of Agricultural Scie
Cricket-Fortified Pasta Pitch Wins $7,500 Ag Springboard Top Prize
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize Thursday after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.

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Penn State Startup Week - Student Sustainability Challenge
Penn State students had to think fast! They had just a few minutes to come up with and pitch solutions for problems like food production, food waste and water scarcity. Winners: Samantha Karpenos & Stefano Lahoud with their "Chicken for a Cause" pitch. Great exercise for brainstorming Ag Springboard ideas!

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Ag Springboard keynote speaker Todd Erdley, founder and CEO of Videon in State College, inspires student entrepreneurs to be comfortable with the risk-fail-pivot process common to entrepreneurship during the Ag Springboard Awards Banquet Thursday, April 1
Failure is OK
April 14, 2017
Risk. Fail. Pivot. Repeat. Todd Erdley, co-founder and CEO of Videon, advises student entrepreneurs.
Pasta 2050’s pitch for pasta made with cricket flour won first place and $7,500 Thursday April 13 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. L to R: Dr. Mark Gagnon, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Dean Richard Roush, College of Agricultural Scie
Cricket-Fortified Pasta Pitch Wins $7,500 Ag Springboard Top Prize
April 14, 2017
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize Thursday after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.
Little Farm Pitches a New Farm to Consumer Model
April 13, 2017
Hui Wang and Jiayi Wang plan to use edutainment videos on social media platforms native to China to help connect family farms with urban consumers