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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.

Artist Sean Bodley draws coloring pages for kids with science superheroes who are people of color. (Photo by Cameron Hart)
November 3, 2016

Five doctoral candidates have formed a new educational product business to promote diversity within STEM

Penn State alumnus and representative of Thought For Food Jared Yarnall-Schane shared foods made with crickets and soy with folks who are curious about what we'll eat in the future to during
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.

Ben Nason shows purple potatoes during harvest.
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.

Rey's Rations Jakku Juice Orbs placed first Disney-Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Product Development Competition held at the annual Institute of Food Technologists meeting in Chicago.
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.

Team Phospholutions is pitching a solution to prevent runoff of phosphorus.
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.

Ben Nason explains how colorful potato varieties make specialty chips.
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 will pitch its new tofu product at the final round of Ag Springboard 2016.
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 wants to use comic books to promote STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences.
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 hopes to improve Americans' diets by adding disease-fighting compounds found in sorghum to cheese.
April 12, 2016

Team Sorghum Cheese envisions making cheese with a disease-fighting compound found in sorghum.

Team Red wants to recycle red plastic cups to add social responsibility to college social life
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.

Dylan Tischler of Team Red holds a Frisbee made of recycled red plastic cups. Team Red is among six finalist teams competing this week for the $7,500 top prize in the Ag Springboard business pitch contest.
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

Dustin Betz, Ag Springboard 2012 winner and founder-president of Green Towers, shares tips on telling the financial story in your business pitch.
March 28, 2016

Some tips on how to tell your financial story in a business pitch for #AgSpringboard16.

Think through how your business will continue to make money, says Hunter Swisher, a senior plant science major and #AgSpringboard16 competitor.
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.

Torin Miller, ag sciences student and managing partner of Ruffed Outdoors, explains the company figured out its customers.
March 18, 2016

#‎AgSpringboard16‬ How-to-Pitch: Know Your Customer reminds teams to be sure to define the customer for their product or service.

March 6, 2016

Start your pitch with your "Big Idea." What problem have you spotted and how does your product or service solve it?

Pitching is selling yourself and your idea, explains student Ben Nason. For Ag Springboard, it's telling your story to a specific audience of potential investors and judges.
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.

How is Ag Springboard an opportunity for all students? Anne Hoag explains. (Video by Taylor Clayton)
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.