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Tran (Tresca) Ngo riding a camel. Image by Benjamin Cutler.
March 20, 2018

Israel over the last decade has become an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Ten students and their professors traveled there in early March to check it out.

Nikki Azzara launched P.S. Snacks, a healthy cookie dough alternative, soon after graduating from college.
March 18, 2018

Recent college graduate Nikki Azzara created P.S. Snacks, a natural snack product found in 130 stores. She'll tell her story Thursday, March 29, 1:35 - 2:50 p.m. in 16 ASI, as part of Penn State Startup Week.

The ConidioTec team, L to R: CEO Don McCandless, COO Giovani Bellicanta, CTO Dr. Nina Jenkins and Co-inventor Prof. Matt Thomas. Photo by Jim Harding, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
February 15, 2018

Startup company from research discovery expects to be profitable in 2018.

January 11, 2018

Do new ideas fire you up? Or do you daydream of creating your own job? Entrepreneurs Make It Happen. They see a solution to a problem, go for it and don't give up. Students have many options to connect with us and explore entrepreneurship. Here are 10.

Katie DeFiore interviews young entrepreneurs about what led them to make something out of nothing. She is a Penn State communications student. (Photo by Cameron Hart)
December 13, 2017

Student entrepreneur and podcaster Katie DeFiore shares stories, inspiration and wisdom from Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State, Nov. 12-17. Listen to all three episodes of DeFiore's GEWeek podcasts right here.

Thank someone key to your success. (Image by Filipe Frazao.)
November 21, 2017

The crowd of people who support entrepreneurs makes success possible. Here are 10 ways entrepreneurs can thank those who help.

November 20, 2017

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program congratulates and supports these E&I Showcase presenters on their discoveries, initiative, creativity, hard work and journey to commercialization. The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Showcase 2017 highlighted 11 groups of faculty, student and alumni innovators in the College of Agricultural Sciences. (Images by Sarah Giegerich)

E&I Donor Earl Harbaugh speaks of the value of entrepreneurship during the E&I Showcase and Celebration Nov. 10. Photo by Sarah Giegerich
November 10, 2017

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences on Nov. 10 announced two $1 million gifts to endow positions in its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Both gifts have received matching funds from the University.

November 6, 2017

'They have so much wisdom’ says senior Marisa DeGennaro in a special GEWeek episode of the podcast Entrepreneurial State of Mind

Agribusiness students studied Sterman Masser's supply chain to help the company create new products, in a real-world case study. (Photo by Sarah Giegerich)
October 24, 2017

Agribusiness management students are working with Sterman Masser Potato Farms to help Pennsylvania’s largest potato producer reach beyond the bag with new, convenient potato products.

Christopher Zimmermann and Monica Caldwell, of the E&I student outreach team, are ready to help agricultural sciences students Make It Happen at the Career Fair.
October 12, 2017

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program's student outreach team met ag sciences students with information and inspiration at the Oct. 10 Career Day at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Food science graduate students Weslie Khoo and Haoshu Zhang promoted the health and sustainability benefits of crickets as an ingredient in pasta.
August 29, 2017

Penn State food science graduate students are creating a new pasta fortified with cricket flour. They talked up the advantages of eating crickets and their new Bold Foods brand with visitors to Ag Progress Days.

Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover points out damage from emerald ash borer — the target for a new treatment for wood she invented with Dr. John Janowiak, wood products professor
August 22, 2017

Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover and Wood Products Professor Dr. John Janowiak invented a fast and new pest-killing treatment for wood to prevent destruction from pests like emerald ash borer.

Penn State plant geneticist Majid Foolad (center) and plant biology/plant science Ph.D. students Mengyuan Jia and  Sihui Gao tend tomatoes to develop a variety tailored to Pennsylvania.
August 22, 2017

Penn State Plant Geneticist Dr. Majid Foolad is developing new tomato varieties. He won a $75,000 research commercialization grant from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to bring the new varieties to market.

Penn State RAIN grant winners Dr. Kelli Hoover and Dr. John Janowiak show the damage to an ash log from the invasive emerald ash borer.
August 21, 2017

RAIN grants from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program help move discoveries from the lab to the marketplace

Nina Jenkins and Giovani Bellicanta won the 2017 Research Innovator Award from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program. Jenkins is an entomologist and CEO of ConidioTec; Bellicanta is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Entomology.
August 3, 2017

Dr. Nina Jenkins, an entomologist at the College of Agricultural Sciences, and her team discovered a biopesticide that kills bedbugs. The company registered Aprehend with the EPA and will soon bring it to market.

A team of food science students from Penn State won the National Dairy Council's 2017 New Product Competition for their dairy beverage concept, FüZen. The team was composed of Michelle Tran (team captain), Lisa Caprera, Manpreet Cheema, Mitchell Culler, J
July 12, 2017

Three teams of food science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences came out on top in national product-development competitions and a trivia bowl in June.

Ag Springboard keynote speaker Todd Erdley, founder and CEO of Videon in State College, inspires student entrepreneurs to be comfortable with the risk-fail-pivot process common to entrepreneurship during the Ag Springboard Awards Banquet Thursday, April 1
April 14, 2017

Risk. Fail. Pivot. Repeat. Todd Erdley, co-founder and CEO of Videon, advises student entrepreneurs.

Pasta 2050’s pitch for pasta made with cricket flour won first place and $7,500 Thursday April 13 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. L to R: Dr. Mark Gagnon, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Dean Richard Roush, College of Agricultural Scie
April 14, 2017

A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize Thursday after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.

April 13, 2017

Hui Wang and Jiayi Wang plan to use edutainment videos on social media platforms native to China to help connect family farms with urban consumers