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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

Dr. Gary Thompson, left, Associate Dean of Research, GreenBriq students Paul Hughes, Nicole Dato, Annaliese Long and Vatsal Agarwal, with E&I Director Drs. Dan Azzara, rear, and Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar, right. (Cameron Callanan)
GreenBriq wins top $7,500 prize in Ag Springboard pitch contest
April 8, 2019
GreenBriq is turning invasive plants into sustainable fuel for Kenyan households. Inakua, the second-place winner of $2,500, plans to rent water-efficient hydroponic growing towers to Kenyan families to reliably grow their own vegetables.
Ag Springboard Final Four Teams Compete Wednesday! Graphic design by student Cameron Callanan, a senior in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
Final Four Ag Springboard Teams Pitch Judges Wednesday
April 2, 2019
Four finalist teams in the Ag Springboard student pitch competition are pitching ventures to help solve food waste, cut fossil fuel emissions, combat invasive plant species and provide low-cost, water-wise food production. One will win the $7,500 grand prize to Make It Happen.
Tyler Smith, this year's Ag Springboard keynote speaker, played pro basketball around the world for 11 years after playing for an historic Penn State men's basketball team in 2001.
Entrepreneur and Former Pro Basketball Player Tyler Smith to Keynote Ag Springboard
April 1, 2019
Tyler Smith, who played on Penn State's 2001 men's basketball team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round in the NCAA tournament, will speak about mental fitness for entrepreneurs as the keynote speaker for Ag Springboard. The "final four" Ag Springboard teams pitch live before judges in the finalist round Wednesday, followed by an evening awards banquet.
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.