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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.

Benjamin Nason and Deanna Spaniel
August 17, 2015

Two Penn State students will showcase Blue and White Potato Chips -- their new product that marries Americans' favorite snack food with their love of collegiate sports -- this week at Ag Progress Days.

Jingxuan Yang, Ph.D., a visiting scholar in Dr. Jeffrey Catchmark's lab, shows how a newly developed biomedical foam has just the right amount of squish. The E&I Program awarded $75,000 to help commercialize the foam.
July 27, 2015

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program awarded $300,000 among four Research Applications for Innovation Grants — known as RAIN grants — in July to provide financial support to help researchers within the college realize the commercial potential of their work.

July 14, 2015

ConidioTec, a new company spun off from Penn State Research and entomologist Nina Jenkins' discovery of an environmentally friendly bio-pesticide to eradicate bedbugs, won second place at the Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase in North Carolina.

Bridge the GapSci members (back, L to R) Kerry Belton, Jamaal James and (front, L to R) Shawntawnee Collins, Sarah Owusu and Josephine Garban
April 15, 2015

Bridge the GapSci, a nonprofit venture to provide basic laboratory equipment to high school science students in West African countries won the $7,500 grand prize Tuesday in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition.

April 9, 2015

Biotech saffron, Bridge the GapSci, Protein Station, Blue House and Delivered U named finalists

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.