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Ag Springboard 2016 Kicks Off!

Posted: 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.
Bridge the GapSci won Ag Springboard 2015. L to R, PhD. students Sarah Owusu, physiology, Josephine Garban, molecular medicine, Shawntawnee Collins, immunology/infectious diseases, Kerry Belton, molecular toxicology and Jamaal James, molecular medicine

Bridge the GapSci won Ag Springboard 2015. L to R, PhD. students Sarah Owusu, physiology, Josephine Garban, molecular medicine, Shawntawnee Collins, immunology/infectious diseases, Kerry Belton, molecular toxicology and Jamaal James, molecular medicine

Get your best ideas ready, Penn State Ag Science students, and mark your calendars: The 2016 Ag Springboard student pitch contest is underway.

Teams of students pitch their ideas for new businesses and non-profit organizations in the agricultural sciences to win a $7,500 grand prize toward making it happen.

Check out the 2015 finalists pitching before the judges and the awards banquet at this video from Ag Springboard 2015.

Key dates and plans are set for Ag Springboard 2016:

Feb. 24: Team registration deadline. Teams of 2-5 students must include a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences. E-mail Dr. Mark Gagnon, mag199@psu.edu to register your team or with questions. See "General Requirements" under Competition Rules.

March 28: Round One ~ Video submission deadline. Each team submits a 5-10 minute video pitch.

It should explain the:

  • concept,
  • customers,
  • market opportunity,
  • viability of the product or service,
  • intellectual property,
  • business model, and
  • qualifications of the management team.

See "Round One" under Competition Rules.

April 8: Finalist teams announced.

The finalist teams will present their concepts April 14 for the final round before a panel of judges who are entrepreneurs.

April 14: Final round of competition and awards banquet.

Following the final round of pitching, judges will decide the first-place winner of $7,500 and second-place winner of $2,500. Awards will be announced that evening at the awards banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Why compete in Ag Springboard?

Here are just a few of the top reasons:

Ag Springboard winners and runners-up alike have turned the experience into new businesses (the latest on 2012 winner GreenTowers), non-profit organizations and job opportunities.

Ag Springboard helps teams learn to pitch their ideas -- a valuable skill in any future endeavor.

Ag Springboard gives participants a taste of real entrepreneurship -- which means helping people, creating jobs and economic value, solving problems, taking risks, leadership, designing your own job, and making money.

Is entrepreneurship for you? Find out.

Throughout the competition, students can find more reasons to compete in Ag Springboard, advice, help and Ag Springboard news right here.

So visit often, follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EIPatPennStateAgSci/) or Twitter (@psuaginnovation). Email Dr. Mark Gagnon mag199@psu.edu to be added to our email list -- and to register your team!