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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.

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