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2016

Scientist Driven to Make Things Happen
December 5, 2016
Innovators get uneasy when ventures and progress lags
Leading for the Common Good
November 23, 2016
Developing strong character is the first step to becoming a social entrepreneur — a leader of enterprises devoted to the common good — advises Bill Brock of Straub Brewery.
Focus is the only path to results
November 10, 2016
To achieve tangible results, schedule time away from news feeds and text alerts.
Countdown to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 13 - 17
November 9, 2016
Get Inspired! Get Started! Make It Happen! GEWeek Penn State events co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program or of special interest to students in the agricultural sciences.
SySTEMic Action Creating Multicultural Coloring Pages
November 3, 2016
Five doctoral candidates have formed a new educational product business to promote diversity within STEM
Tasting Crickets in Search of Solutions
October 23, 2016
Penn State alumnus and representative of Thought For Food Jared Yarnall-Schane shared some foods likely to turn up on our dinner plates with folks who are curious about what we'll all be eating as global population rises.
Colorful Chips Headed for Market
September 20, 2016
Roy Biv Potato Chips — winners of the 2016 Ag Springboard business pitch contest — plans to start selling its blue and white potato chips in mid-October.
Penn State student food science teams excel in national contests
August 16, 2016
Two teams of food science students have created new products — Rey’s Rations Jakku Juice Orbs and Hearty Heifers — that won high honors in recent national food product competitions.
Blue and White Chips Wins $7,500 Ag Springboard First Place
April 15, 2016
Comic book superheroes for STEAM science wins second place and $2,500
Team Phospholutions ~ Ag Springboard Finalist
April 13, 2016
Hunter Swisher and Erin Knabe of Team Phospholutions plan to commercialize a buffering agent that holds phosphorus in the soil and prevents it from leaching from farm fields into waterways.
Team Blue & White Chips ~ Ag Springboard 2016 Finalist
April 13, 2016
Deanna Spaniel and Ben Nason's Team Blue & White Chips use Purple Majesty potatoes for naturally colorful chips marketed to Penn State fans.
Team Futo ~ Ag Springboard 2016 Finalist
April 13, 2016
Team Futo envisions a meat substitute product tastier than the tofu commonly available in the U.S. market, making it easier for vegetarians and dieters to achieve their goals and enjoy a meal.
Team Systemic Action ~ Ag Springboard 2016 Finalist
April 12, 2016
Team Systemic Action has created a diverse cast of comic book characters to combat the under-representation of women and minorities in the STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences and help teach science lessons to fourth to fifth-grade students.
Team Sorghum Cheese ~ Ag Springboard 2016 finalist
April 12, 2016
Team Sorghum Cheese envisions making cheese with a disease-fighting compound found in sorghum.
Team Red ~ Ag Springboard Finalist
April 12, 2016
Team Red wants to make sustainability sexy by giving the red plastic cups used at frat parties new life as furniture, Frisbees and cornhole games.
Game On! Six Finalist Teams Compete for $10,000
April 11, 2016
Judges picked six teams to compete this week for the $7,500 top prize and $2,500 second prize in the final round of Ag Springboard
Wrigley's former innovation officer to keynote Ag Springboard awards finale
April 1, 2016
Tawfik Sharkasi invests and advises food and environmental startups
How to Pitch: Tell Your Financial Story
March 28, 2016
Some tips on how to tell your financial story in a business pitch for #AgSpringboard16.
How to Pitch: The Business Model
March 23, 2016
How will your new business make money now and in the future? Think through all the points of your model, says Hunter Swisher, a senior plant science major competing in ‪#‎AgSpringboard16‬.
How to Pitch: Know Your Customer
March 18, 2016
#‎AgSpringboard16‬ How-to-Pitch: Know Your Customer reminds teams to be sure to define the customer for their product or service.
How to Pitch: The Big Idea
March 6, 2016
Start your pitch with your "Big Idea." What problem have you spotted and how does your product or service solve it?
How to Pitch: Getting Started
March 1, 2016
Nineteen ‪#‎AgSpringboard16‬ teams will prep their pitches to compete for the $7,500 top prize. What's a pitch?! We all do it every day and we can all do it better. The first in our series of pitch coaching videos.
Ag Springboard Deadline THIS WEEK!
February 22, 2016
What makes entrepreneurs different? Anne Hoag explains entrepreneurs — and how Ag Springboard is an opportunity for all Penn State students. Hoag is associate professor of communications and director of the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI). Team registration deadline: Feb. 24.
Better Blocker
February 16, 2016
Jeffrey Catchmark's work to replace Styrofoam led to a new, bio-absorbable medical foam on its way to market
Ag Springboard can help you create your dream job — and jobs for other people
February 16, 2016
Two of Starbucks' founders were college buddies. (Hey - GREAT things happen in college!) The Ag Springboard business pitch contest and $7,500 top prize helps students learn how to create their own dream job — and jobs for other people! Teams must register by Feb. 24. Email Mark Gagnon, mag199@psu.edu
Get a great job! Ag Springboard builds skills
February 9, 2016
People who can pitch their ideas — and themselves — stand out to employers. The Ag Springboard student business pitch contest can help you polish your skills to get a great job, even create your own job. Here's how:
How to get started on Ag Springboard
February 1, 2016
The first step toward winning the $7,500 Ag Springboard grand prize is to talk about your idea with some friends and put a team together. Mark Gagnon explains how to get started.
Ag Springboard 2016 Kicks Off!
January 19, 2016
Enter the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest by Feb. 24. Pitch your idea on a video, then live to our judges. Win $7,500 to make it happen.