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2015

Building a Vineyard
November 17, 2015
Zach Wilson, a 2011 agribusiness management graduate from the College of Agricultural Sciences, started building a vineyard on his family’s farmland in his sophomore year. This year, he's making 16,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine. Wilson tells the story of his Journey from Student to Vineyard Founder during Penn State's Global Entrepreneurship Week, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (303 Wagner Building), and 1 - 2:15 p.m. (104 Forest Resources Building).
Put me in coach!
November 16, 2015
Want to be successful? Be coachable. If you're hearing consistent advice from entrepreneurs and mentors, be sure to do more than listen: Take action on it.
Headed for the Field
November 10, 2015
Dr. Troy Ott is developing a blood test that dairy farmers and livestock veterinarians can use to tell whether a cow failed to conceive after insemination.
Join the Party at GE Week Penn State, Nov. 15-20.
November 10, 2015
Learn all about Entrepreneurship at Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15-20. Meet innovators in the ag sciences at college-sponsored events.
E&I Celebration Photos
November 10, 2015
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program honored its founding donors, Earl and Kay Harbaugh and highlighted College of Agricultural Sciences student startups and researchers who are commercializing their discoveries. Slideshow of the weekend.
President's Oct. 31 tailgate to serve student-developed Mooofins, Chilk-Out
October 13, 2015
Two award-winning products developed by food science students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be served to hundreds of guests at University President Eric Barron's tailgate before the Nittany Lions' football game Oct. 31.
A Beehive in Your House?! Not to worry — GreenTowers (Safely) Brings Nature Inside
September 22, 2015
Startup GreenTowers’ mission is to reconnect people with the nature of food systems. Its new BEEcosystem design is helping to raise awareness about the decline in pollinators.
Helping Brew a Better Beer
September 15, 2015
What's it like to be a young founder and CEO of a startup tech company in State College, tasting beer and coffee for your job and working in a former frat house?
Orange surprise in avocados may be future product
September 8, 2015
Food Science Professor Gregory R. Ziegler is exploring the commercial potential of a brilliant orange found in avocado pits as a natural food coloring.
So … you think you may be an entrepreneur?!
August 26, 2015
Get involved with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the College of Agricultural Sciences and find out! This fall, there are many options to develop your inner entrepreneur.
Blue and White Potato Chips Startup at Ag Progress Days
August 17, 2015
Two Penn State students will showcase Blue and White Potato Chips -- their new product that marries Americans' favorite snack food with their love of collegiate sports -- this week at Ag Progress Days.
Researchers Win Funding to Commercialize Discoveries
July 27, 2015
The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program awarded $300,000 among four Research Applications for Innovation Grants — known as RAIN grants — in July to provide financial support to help researchers within the college realize the commercial potential of their work.
ConidioTec wins $2,500 at AgBiotech Showcase
July 14, 2015
ConidioTec, a new company spun off from Penn State Research and entomologist Nina Jenkins' discovery of an environmentally friendly bio-pesticide to eradicate bedbugs, won second place at the Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase in North Carolina.
Dream to Provide Science Supplies in Africa Wins $7,500 Ag Springboard Top Prize
April 15, 2015
Bridge the GapSci, a nonprofit venture to provide basic laboratory equipment to high school science students in West African countries won the $7,500 grand prize Tuesday in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition.
‘Final Five’ Ag Springboard Teams To Compete Tuesday for $10,000
April 9, 2015
Biotech saffron, Bridge the GapSci, Protein Station, Blue House and Delivered U named finalists
A Scientist's Path to Commercialization
April 9, 2015
Ag Springboard Keynote Speaker Dr. Nina Jenkins, an entomologist and expert on finding safe ways to control pests, will tell her story of commercializing the discovery of a fungal spore that kills bed bugs.
10 Tips to Pitch Your Idea
March 23, 2015
Some pitch advice especially for the 19 Ag Springboard student teams who are working on their 10-minute pitch videos. And you — because we can all do a better job pitching our ideas!
Only days left to register for Ag Springboard!
March 3, 2015
Register your team NOW to compete for the $7,500 grand prize in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition. Thursday, March 5 is the final registration deadline. E-mail Mark Gagnon, mag199@psu.edu
Forget Perfection — Just Move Forward
March 3, 2015
Perfection stifles innovation, says Mark Gagnon. Just get started.
Ag Springboard Can Launch Your Idea
February 25, 2015
THON began with an idea. Netflix began with an idea. GreenTowers began with an idea. Ag Springboard's $7,500 grand prize can push your idea to be something BIG!
All About Ag Springboard
February 16, 2015
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Coordinator Mark Gagnon (mag199@psu.edu) explains Ag Springboard, a student business pitch competition with a grand prize of $7,500.
Ag Springboard Learn & Share — and get a free ice cream!
February 9, 2015
Compete in Ag Springboard to boost your resume — and maybe win the $7,500 grand prize to launch your great idea to life. Check it out this week for a free Creamery ice cream.
Ag Springboard Teams Forming
January 30, 2015
The first step to winning $7,500 for your startup is to build a great team