About Ag Springboard

During the Spring 2017 semester students will have the chance to win $7,500 by competing in the Ag Springboard Competition. This competition is sponsored as part of the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program.

Ag Springboard is a business pitch competition open to all students at Penn State. Teams consisting of 2-5 students, at least one of whom must be a student enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are eligible to compete. Teams will develop and pitch an innovative business plan addressing a need in the field of food, agriculture, ecosystems or bio-products and energy. 

Checkout teams here. The team registration deadline for the Ag Springboard 2017 competition is March 15, 2017.

Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar, explains:

In their business pitch, students must address issues such as competitive due diligence, marketing, financial projections and other aspects to make a compelling argument for their business idea.

Initial 5-8-minute video pitches are due by March 27, 2017, at which time judges will choose groups to move forward to the final presentation stage. Finalists will be announced April 8. The selected teams will present their plans on April 13, 2017 and later that evening at 6:30 p.m., will attend an awards banquet, at TBD, where the winning team will be announced.


Top Reasons to Participate

  1. Learn about entrepreneurship and whether you are an entrepreneur.
  2. Strengthen your resume — employers seek students who have competitive “real world” experiences.
  3. The odds of winning are great to claim the $7,500 prize — some contests have only 25 teams!
  4. Take your idea to the next level and start a company — winners will have an opportunity to connect with potential investors, build their networks and obtain valuable guidance.
  5. Be recognized for your efforts and abilities — build the winning team and experience success!
  6. Learn what it takes to pitch a business idea and develop these valuable career building skills while at Penn State.
Questions? Contact Mark Gagnon at
This event is sponsored by Earl and Kay Harbaugh whose generous support is also used to fund a variety of entrepreneurial activities at Penn State.