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Ag Springboard Competition

Change the world. Make money. Help people. Create jobs — and your own job. Take a step and find out if entrepreneurship is right for you.

$7,500 grand prize! Ag Springboard is an annual business pitch competition open to all students at Penn State. Think Shark Tank... for ag students!

Teams of 2-5 students present a polished pitch of their concept for a new business or non-profit organization. At least one student on the team must be enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Ag Springboard News

Hunter Swisher, 2016 Plant Sciences graduate, CEO and Founder, Phospholutions (left) and Dr. Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and Entrepreneurship Coordinator.
Signup for Ag Springboard student business pitch contest!
February 11, 2019
Ag Springboard — a GREAT opportunity for students to learn how to pitch ideas and compete to win $7,500!!!
Animal-lover Megan McCunn pitched Sweet Dreams Pet Lodge and was an Ag Springboard 2017 finalist.
Dream Big. Ag Springboard can help you Make It Happen
January 10, 2019
Ag Springboard experience helps students stand apart from the crowd. Win $7,500 to make your big dream happen.
Callie Rojewski explains how the entrepreneurial mindset helped her build a career out of work she loves.
Meet Entrepreneur Callie Rojewski
October 15, 2018
Recent PSU grad Callie Rojewski — who started her first business as a student — tells her story at an Ag Springboard Open House Oct. 22, 5-6:30, 6 Armsby.
Bold Foods served crickets and pasta made with crickets at NYC markets during spring and summer 2018.
Bold Foods Founder Tells His Story Sept. 18
September 10, 2018
Treating judges to samples of pasta made with cricket powder helped Weslie Khoo and Haoshu Zhang’s team win the $7,500 grand prize at the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest in 2017.
Get Ready for Ag Springboard 2019
August 30, 2018
Meet young entrepreneurs and get career prep advice at the fall 2018 Ag Springboard open houses. Join us Sept. 18, Oct. 22 and Nov. 13!