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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

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!
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.