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Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award. IMAGE: PENN STATE
April 17, 2019

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.

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)
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.
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.
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.

The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could b
March 12, 2019

An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

Penn State Student Tony Rice (center), who was named a Farm Foundation Cultivator, visits with from left, Professor Jayson Lusk of Purdue University and Professor Craig Gundersen (back to camera) of the University of Illinois during the Farm Foundation Ro
March 6, 2019

Agribusiness Senior Tony Rice, named a Farm Foundation Cultivator, presented his study of lab-grown meat to industry leaders at a roundtable forum

Hunter Swisher, 2016 Plant Sciences graduate, CEO and Founder, Phospholutions (left) and Dr. Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and Entrepreneurship Coordinator.
February 11, 2019

Ag Springboard — a GREAT opportunity for students to learn how to pitch ideas and compete to win $7,500!!!

Dr. Jeff Catchmark,  professor of agricultural and biological engineering, won the 2018 Research Innovators Award at the College of Agricultural Sciences.
January 21, 2019

Do you know an innovative researcher who is commercializing technologies generated through Penn State research? Nominations sought for the 2019 Research Innovator Award.

Animal-lover Megan McCunn pitched Sweet Dreams Pet Lodge and was an Ag Springboard 2017 finalist.
January 10, 2019

Ag Springboard experience helps students stand apart from the crowd. Win $7,500 to make your big dream happen.

Mandela Fellows Boubou Sangho, left, and Gladys Freeman, spent six weeks at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September.  IMAGE: Sarah Fusco
October 25, 2018

Boubou Sangho and Gladys Freeman, recipients of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September. They worked with the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, and took several courses related to their interests, such as entrepreneurship and agribusiness.

Callie Rojewski explains how the entrepreneurial mindset helped her build a career out of work she loves.
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.
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.

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!

Hunter Swisher, 2016 Plant Sciences graduate, CEO and Founder, Phospholutions
August 27, 2018

"E & I provides a different perspective and skill set to supplement your education in more technical subjects so you are more equipped to solve real-world problems,” said Hunter Swisher, CEO and Founder of Phospholutions, 2016 Plant Sciences graduate, and Ag Springboard finalist in 2016.

Dr. Maria Spencer has become the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence at the College of Agricultural Sciences.
August 8, 2018

Dr. Maria Spencer has joined the Entrepreneurship & Innovation team in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences as the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence. She will help the college's researchers commercialize discoveries to reach the full potential of their work.

Entrepreneurs from two startups in the ag sciences will tell their stories next month at a series of interactive, TED-talk-style City Lights events to showcase Invent Penn State. Image:Penn State Alumni Association
May 16, 2018

Leaders of ConidioTec and Phospholutions, two ag sciences startups, will tell their stories next month at a series of interactive, TED-talk-style City Lights events to showcase Invent Penn State. The annual series will visit Harrisburg; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from June 18-21.

Phospholutions won $75,000 at the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference Tech Tournament on April 20, 2018. Image: Penn State
May 11, 2018

Phospholutions won $80,000 in investment prizes and ConidioTec won $10,000 at this spring's Invent Penn State Venture & Intellectual Property Conference. Both startup companies are commercializing discoveries and technology developed at the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Nikki Azzara launched P.S. Snacks as a recent college graduate
March 29, 2018

P.S. Snacks Founder and CEO Nikki Azzara told the story of creating her company that makes good-for-you snacks from unconventional ingredients, starting with a line of bean-based cookie doughs. She spoke Thursday, March 29, to about 80 students as part of Penn State Startup Week.

The 10 ENTI students who made the trip to Israel with their guide, Marc Coles, clockwise from bottom left: Griffin Brown, Ben Cutler, Michael Willis, Pranav Jain, Ben Kenawell, Jared Franz, Coles, Tommy Hannan, Aiden Smith, Tiffany Zoe, and Trisca Ngo.
March 22, 2018

A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit of the country, meet with policymakers, and get a taste of the culture in the Middle Eastern country.