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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.

Jingxuan Yang, Visiting Scholar from Donghua University (left) and Jeffrey Catchmark, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering (right) work in the lab on a new, patent-pending bio-absorbable medical foam. (Photo by Martha Schupp)
February 16, 2016

Jeffrey Catchmark's work to replace Styrofoam led to a new, bio-absorbable medical foam on its way to market

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

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:

Prof. Mark Gagnon explains the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition and how to get started
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.

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
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.

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).

Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar & Entrepreneurship Coordinator
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.

Dr. Troy Ott, Professor of Reproductive Physiology, takes a small sample of blood from a cow. His patented test tells dairy farmers whether a cow is carrying an embryo or failed to conceive and requires re-insemination to become pregnant.
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.

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.

Alumni Diane Blanton and Dan Eichenlaub present Earl and Kay Harbaugh with a photo album of memories and thank you messages from their years of service to the College of Agricultural Sciences. (Photo: Michael Houtz)
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.

The team that developed Chilk-Out was comprised of food science graduate students Zhaoyong Ba, Latha Murugesan, Yun Yu, Laura Rolon, and Michelle Reyes, and food science undergraduate students Evan Azzara, Kaley Hoefferle, and Olivia Cassano, as well as materials science/visual arts double major Yiyun Zhang. Advisor to the group was Dan Azzara.
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.

Dustin Betz, president of GreenTowers shows off the BEEcosystem in action. This set up holds about 10,000 bees.
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.

Jason Cohen, founder and CEO of startup Analytical Flavor Systems, tells his story Sept. 30 as the Harbaugh Forum speaker
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?

Food scientists Gregory R. Ziegler (left) and Joshua Lambert (right) along with Rachel Shegog, a food science master's student, examine a sample of the bright orange liquid extracted from avocado pits.
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.

E&I Coordinator Mark Gagnon (left) and E&I Director Dan Azzara (right) are ready to help students and faculty explore entrepreneurship this fall.
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.