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Earl Harbaugh congratulates Team Leafy on winning Ag Springboard
April 12, 2014

A five-student team known as “Leafy,” marketing a wireless sensor that detects moisture directly from plant leaves, won the $7,500 first place prize Thursday in Ag Springboard 2014, a student business plan competition to spark and nurture innovation in agriculture.

Final Five Compete Today to Win Ag Springboard 2014
April 10, 2014

Their products include vine-covered roofs, devices that gauge plant moisture, clothes that mimic the plumage of the ruffed grouse, a natural way to convert farm waste to compost and an organization to help Haitian orphans sell agricultural products.

How do you build a successful custom cookie business from scratch? Listen to Anne Yorks tell the story of Flour Box Bakery during the Ag Springboard Awards Banquet April 10
April 2, 2014

Entrepreneur to tell her story of custom, creative cookie decorating business April 10 at student business plan competition awards banquet.

March 21, 2014

Jobi Calixte, a consultant at Ernst & Young Accounting Firm, says competing in Ag Springboard helped her to learn resilience and how to overcome obstacles as a professional in today’s work environment.

February 28, 2014

Entrepreneur and Penn Stater Daniel Eichenlaub Will Share his Start-Up Expertise with Student Entrepreneurs as an Ag Springboard Judge on April 10

February 14, 2014

Donors with a long history of supporting entrepreneurship education at Penn State have established a new scholarship endowment to help students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need.

Sam Guo reflects on his 2011 Ag Springboard experience
February 14, 2014

2011 Ag Springboarder: Event was ‘the seed that planted my entrepreneurship vibe’

January 30, 2014

Take your great idea for start-up, Ag-related businesses, make a splash and compete for seed money to make it happen.

Ruffed Outdoors takes its camouflage out of the woods and to market at the Archery Trade Association show Jan. 6-8.
January 2, 2014

Ruffed Outdoors, a start-up venture that designs camouflage clothing mimicking the plumage of the ruffed grouse, raised $18,407, beating its $15,000 goal, with a Kickstarter campaign. The student start-up is heading to Nashville to show its products at the Archery Trade Association show Jan. 6-8.

Dr. Nina Jenkins and Giovani Bellicanta won $10,000 to help commercialize a biopesticide for bedbugs
December 16, 2013

Dr. Nina Jenkins' team is the second from the College of Agricultural Sciences to win the startup competition this year

Bill Donley shares lessons from business success with students during Global Entrepreneurship Week
December 10, 2013

Former president and CEO of Tangent Rail Corp. shared lessons learned from business success and failure Nov. 21 during GE Week at Penn State

November 15, 2013

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program hosts an open house Wednesday and former Tangent Corp. President & CEO Bill Donley speaks on Thursday during Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State

The natural camouflage of the ruffed grouse inspired the cammo designs of Ruffed Outdoors
November 5, 2013

Less than a year old, Ruffed Outdoors is working to leverage its initial success into a successful KickStarter campaign to finance a small-run production of jackets, pants and hats.

A young girl embraces rescue food from Project Peanut Butter in Malawi
October 31, 2013

Dr. Mark Manary speaks about the relentless problem-solving that has helped 500,000 children and revolutionized treatment of deadly malnourishment among children in Africa

October 17, 2013

Learn the story of Project Peanut Butter, a social entrepreneurial venture to address malnutrition for children in Africa when founder Dr. Mark Manary speaks on the Penn State campus Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Fengchun Yang keeps his population of black soldier flies moist, happy and continuously reproducing as he tests their potential as a protein source in chicken feed at a Penn State greenhouse.
October 4, 2013

Senior Fengchun Yang taught himself how to sustain a population of black soldier flies. But his work may lead to even bigger market and solution: use of the larvae as a protein source in poultry feed.

September 13, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Four research projects with high potential for technology commercialization have received grants through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences program designed to spur innovation. The college's Research Applications for Innovation Grants -- known as RAIN Grants -- provide financial support that enables researchers in the college to realize the commercial potential of ongoing research projects.

August 22, 2013

Food and Bio-Innovation is one of five areas of emphasis in a newly created Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) — a 'great mechanism to bring students' ideas to life'

The Interseeder saves money, and improves yield
June 13, 2013

Congratulations to Corey Dillon and Chris Houser and the Interseeder Technologies team for their commercialization plan that won a $7,500 TechCelerator Award Tuesday, June 11.