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2014

Ag Sciences Student Wins First Place for Improvements in Penn State 1000 Pitches contest
November 19, 2014
Ag Sciences student Jeanette Wiley won first place and five Ag Sci students were finalists in their categories in the 1000 Pitches contest.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Arrives at Penn State
November 16, 2014
The celebration of entrepreneurship has arrived on the Penn State campus! Check out dozens of events this week to help fuel your start-up dreams. Here is a rundown of Ag Sciences Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program events.
Three days left to pitch! 1000 Pitches and Ag 300 head into the home stretch.
November 6, 2014
Only three days remain for Penn State students to pitch their ideas as part of 1000 Pitches, the world’s largest student pitch competition, and to contribute toward a goal of 300 pitches from students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The contest ends Nov. 9.
Ag 300 Pitch Camp
October 22, 2014
Let's act on your ideas! Join us to make your video pitch — and for snacks! The AgSci Entrepreneurship Team is here to help AgSci students video your solutions to problems. Drop in at 6 Armsby during Pitch Camp Oct. 24, 27 and 28. Together, Ag Sci can send 300 pitches to the national 1000 Pitches contest — and ROCK the Ag 300 Pitch Challenge!
Make a Pitch in 30 Seconds
October 16, 2014
Pitch your ideas for solutions -- you can do it in 30 seconds! Mark Gagnon's 30-second video update on 1000 Pitches, the world's largest student pitch competition, shows you how. Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program.
Gagnon Makes a Pitch for Ag 300
October 9, 2014
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Coordinator Mark Gagnon pitches the Ag 300 Pitch Challenge.
Ag 300 Pitch Challenge Underway!
October 2, 2014
Have an idea? A solution to a problem you see on campus, in your community or in the world? The Ag 300 Pitch Challenge is a great way for College of Agricultural Sciences students to share — or “pitch”— an idea.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Kicks off Fall 2014 with Sponsorships
September 12, 2014
Ag Sciences Students to have New Pitch and Networking Opportunities.
Agriculture Tech Advances Opportunities for Entrepreneurs, Kauffman/Danforth Plant Science Center Paper Shows
September 9, 2014
Paper calls on entrepreneurs to seize untapped potential for innovation in "AgTech" to meet global food demand while minimizing environmental impacts
GreenTowers creates "Living Furniture," launches Kickstarter campaign
July 1, 2014
GreenTowers has created a “Living Furniture” product designed to allow people to grow their own organic greens indoors in any location in a stylish piece of furniture. The team of Penn State graduates launched a Kickstarter campaign on June 30 to raise $20,000 to help bring the product to market and expand the Living Furniture line.
CAS Junior Teaching Ag and Start-up Skills to Haitian Orphans
May 22, 2014
Junior Carolyn McDonald wants to teach students in Haiti’s orphanages how to create jobs for themselves and become entrepreneurs. McDonald, a community, environment and development major, is the mastermind behind the Haitian Youth Team initiative, a non-profit enterprise to educate children in agriculture and business. The project’s goal is that children leave the orphanage ready and able to create and sustain their own food-related businesses.
Amin Afzal: The inventor behind Leafy, Ag Springboard winner
April 23, 2014
Inspired by the life-giving importance of proper water and the dream of creating his own business, graduate student Amin Afzal is perfecting the "Leafy" moisture sensor.
‘Leafy’ Plant Moisture Sensor Wins 2014 Ag Springboard
April 12, 2014
A five-student team known as “Leafy,” marketing a wireless sensor that detects moisture directly from plant leaves, won the $7,500 first place prize Thursday in Ag Springboard 2014, a student business plan competition to spark and nurture innovation in agriculture.
Final Five Teams Compete Today to win $7,500
April 10, 2014
Their products include vine-covered roofs, devices that gauge plant moisture, clothes that mimic the plumage of the ruffed grouse, a natural way to convert farm waste to compost and an organization to help Haitian orphans sell agricultural products.
Anne Yorks, of Flour Box Bakery, to Keynote Ag Springboard
April 2, 2014
Entrepreneur to tell her story of custom, creative cookie decorating business April 10 at student business plan competition awards banquet.
Ag Springboard Teaches Resilience
March 21, 2014
Jobi Calixte, a consultant at Ernst & Young Accounting Firm, says competing in Ag Springboard helped her to learn resilience and how to overcome obstacles as a professional in today’s work environment.
Dan Eichenlaub to help Judge Ag Springboard April 10
February 28, 2014
Entrepreneur and Penn Stater Daniel Eichenlaub Will Share his Start-Up Expertise with Student Entrepreneurs as an Ag Springboard Judge on April 10
Entrepreneurship and innovation minor receives first Trustee Scholarship
February 14, 2014
Donors with a long history of supporting entrepreneurship education at Penn State have established a new scholarship endowment to help students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need.
Sam Guo Draws on Ag Springboard Experience at VC firm
February 14, 2014
2011 Ag Springboarder: Event was ‘the seed that planted my entrepreneurship vibe’
Ag Springboard 2014 Team Enrollment Now Open!
January 30, 2014
Take your great idea for start-up, Ag-related businesses, make a splash and compete for seed money to make it happen.
Ruffed Outdoors Tops Money-raising Goal
January 2, 2014
Ruffed Outdoors, a start-up venture that designs camouflage clothing mimicking the plumage of the ruffed grouse, raised $18,407, beating its $15,000 goal, with a Kickstarter campaign. The student start-up is heading to Nashville to show its products at the Archery Trade Association show Jan. 6-8.