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

Food science graduate students Weslie Khoo and Haoshu Zhang promoted the health and sustainability benefits of crickets as an ingredient in pasta.
Would You Eat Crickets?
August 29, 2017
Penn State food science graduate students are creating a new pasta fortified with cricket flour. They talked up the advantages of eating crickets and their new Bold Foods brand with visitors to Ag Progress Days.
Ag Springboard keynote speaker Todd Erdley, founder and CEO of Videon in State College, inspires student entrepreneurs to be comfortable with the risk-fail-pivot process common to entrepreneurship during the Ag Springboard Awards Banquet Thursday, April 1
Failure is OK
April 14, 2017
Risk. Fail. Pivot. Repeat. Todd Erdley, co-founder and CEO of Videon, advises student entrepreneurs.
Pasta 2050’s pitch for pasta made with cricket flour won first place and $7,500 Thursday April 13 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. L to R: Dr. Mark Gagnon, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Dean Richard Roush, College of Agricultural Scie
Cricket-Fortified Pasta Pitch Wins $7,500 Ag Springboard Top Prize
April 14, 2017
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize Thursday after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.
Little Farm Pitches a New Farm to Consumer Model
April 13, 2017
Hui Wang and Jiayi Wang plan to use edutainment videos on social media platforms native to China to help connect family farms with urban consumers
Pasta 2050 Pitches Pasta Fortified with Cricket Protein
April 13, 2017
They hope to help consumers warm up to crickets as a protein source