We Are ... Growing through Entrepreneurship & Innovation

"Our students learn skills and share experiences to launch successful careers — and seek solutions to unprecedented global challenges in food, agriculture and bio-materials." — Dr. Dan Azzara, Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program
Innovation often means looking at familiar things in new and different ways. (Cover design by Jane Farthing/iStock image)

Innovation often means looking at familiar things in new and different ways. (Cover design by Jane Farthing/iStock image)

The patented InterSeeder, developed at the College of Agricultural Sciences, allows farmers to handle three tasks at once. Photos by Michael Houtz, CAS

The patented InterSeeder represents a new model and way of doing business.

Bridge the GapSci envisions providing basic lab supplies to students in West African countries. The team: Dr. Josephine Garban, Dr. Sarah Owusu, Shawntawnee Collins, Kerry Belton and Jamaal James. (Photo by Lisa Duchene)

Through E&I, the college's culture is shifting to a more entrepreneurial mindset.

Earl and Kay Harbaugh wear their pride for what started as the “Farmers High School” during an appreciation event in October 2015. (Photo: Michael Houtz)

Earl Harbaugh noticed something missing from his alma mater.

Zach Wilson started a winery as a sophomore in college.

Dr. Troy Ott, Professor of Reproductive Physiology, takes a small sample of blood from a cow. His patented test tells dairy farmers whether a cow is carrying an embryo or failed to conceive and requires re-insemination to become pregnant. (Photo: Martha Schupp)

Several researchers are working to bring their discoveries to market

The E&I Program Advisory Board with College of Agricultural Sciences leaders. Left to right, front: Earl Harbaugh, Dr. Mark Gagnon, Dr. Ann Tickamyer, Skip Rosskam, Dr. Barbara Christ, Mark Theiss, Dr. Joy Pate. L to R, back: Peter Tombros, Dr. Dan Azzara, Dr. Dennis Calvin, Peter Linder, Bill Donley, Dr. Vivek Kapur, Dr. Gary Thompson, Ray Evans.

Business people work with academics to realize the college’s full potential.

Dan Azzara became Director of the E&I Program in spring 2015. He is the Alan R. Warehime Professor of Agribusiness.

At Hershey's, Dr. Dan Azzara turned new ideas into sweet new products

Cooperative Extension's Winifred W. Mc Gee explains the Food for Profit Workshop that has helped more than 1,000 food entrepreneurs.

E&I stands on the shoulders of the college's founders and Extension

E&I's objectives match those of President Barron’s Invent Penn State initiative.