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Dr. Nina Jenkins, entomologist and CEO, is the keynote speaker for Tuesday's Ag Springboard Awards Banquet
April 9, 2015

Ag Springboard Keynote Speaker Dr. Nina Jenkins, an entomologist and expert on finding safe ways to control pests, will tell her story of commercializing the discovery of a fungal spore that kills bed bugs.

March 23, 2015

Some pitch advice especially for the 19 Ag Springboard student teams who are working on their 10-minute pitch videos. And you — because we can all do a better job pitching our ideas!

March 3, 2015

Register your team NOW to compete for the $7,500 grand prize in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition. Thursday, March 5 is the final registration deadline. E-mail Mark Gagnon,

Dr. Mark Gagnon, E&I Program Coordinator
March 3, 2015

Perfection stifles innovation, says Mark Gagnon. Just get started.

February 25, 2015

THON began with an idea. Netflix began with an idea. GreenTowers began with an idea. Ag Springboard's $7,500 grand prize can push your idea to be something BIG!

Ag Springboard 2015 ~ Win $7,500 for your ag sciences-related business pitch!
February 16, 2015

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Coordinator Mark Gagnon ( explains Ag Springboard, a student business pitch competition with a grand prize of $7,500.

February 9, 2015

Compete in Ag Springboard to boost your resume — and maybe win the $7,500 grand prize to launch your great idea to life. Check it out this week for a free Creamery ice cream.

January 30, 2015

The first step to winning $7,500 for your startup is to build a great team

November 19, 2014

Ag Sciences student Jeanette Wiley won first place and five Ag Sci students were finalists in their categories in the 1000 Pitches contest.

November 16, 2014

The celebration of entrepreneurship has arrived on the Penn State campus! Check out dozens of events this week to help fuel your start-up dreams. Here is a rundown of Ag Sciences Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program events.

November 6, 2014

Only three days remain for Penn State students to pitch their ideas as part of 1000 Pitches, the world’s largest student pitch competition, and to contribute toward a goal of 300 pitches from students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The contest ends Nov. 9.

October 22, 2014

Let's act on your ideas! Join us to make your video pitch — and for snacks! The AgSci Entrepreneurship Team is here to help AgSci students video your solutions to problems. Drop in at 6 Armsby during Pitch Camp Oct. 24, 27 and 28. Together, Ag Sci can send 300 pitches to the national 1000 Pitches contest — and ROCK the Ag 300 Pitch Challenge!

October 16, 2014

Pitch your ideas for solutions -- you can do it in 30 seconds! Mark Gagnon's 30-second video update on 1000 Pitches, the world's largest student pitch competition, shows you how. Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program.

October 9, 2014

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Coordinator Mark Gagnon pitches the Ag 300 Pitch Challenge.

October 2, 2014

Have an idea? A solution to a problem you see on campus, in your community or in the world? The Ag 300 Pitch Challenge is a great way for College of Agricultural Sciences students to share — or “pitch”— an idea.

September 9, 2014

Paper calls on entrepreneurs to seize untapped potential for innovation in "AgTech" to meet global food demand while minimizing environmental impacts

July 1, 2014

GreenTowers has created a “Living Furniture” product designed to allow people to grow their own organic greens indoors in any location in a stylish piece of furniture. The team of Penn State graduates launched a Kickstarter campaign on June 30 to raise $20,000 to help bring the product to market and expand the Living Furniture line.

May 22, 2014

Junior Carolyn McDonald wants to teach students in Haiti’s orphanages how to create jobs for themselves and become entrepreneurs. McDonald, a community, environment and development major, is the mastermind behind the Haitian Youth Team initiative, a non-profit enterprise to educate children in agriculture and business. The project’s goal is that children leave the orphanage ready and able to create and sustain their own food-related businesses.

Graduate student and Leafy inventor Amin Afzal
April 23, 2014

Inspired by the life-giving importance of proper water and the dream of creating his own business, graduate student Amin Afzal is perfecting the "Leafy" moisture sensor.