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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.

Tran (Tresca) Ngo riding a camel. Image by Benjamin Cutler.
March 20, 2018

Israel over the last decade has become an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Ten students and their professors traveled there in early March to check it out.

Nikki Azzara launched P.S. Snacks, a healthy cookie dough alternative, soon after graduating from college.
March 18, 2018

Recent college graduate Nikki Azzara created P.S. Snacks, a natural snack product found in 130 stores. She'll tell her story Thursday, March 29, 1:35 - 2:50 p.m. in 16 ASI, as part of Penn State Startup Week.

"Valentine," a grape tomato developed by Penn State plant geneticist Majid Foolad in collaboration with breeders at Johnny's Selected Seeds, was named an All-America Selections winner for 2018.
March 15, 2018

Dr. Majid Foolad, professor of plant genetics, and plant breeders at Johnny's Selected Seeds partnered to launch "Valentine" a new variety of grape tomato in Johnny's 2018 catalog and on its website. Foolad received a Research Applications for Innovation grant from the E&I Program at the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2017 to further commercialize his tomato breeding work.

The ConidioTec team, L to R: CEO Don McCandless, COO Giovani Bellicanta, CTO Dr. Nina Jenkins and Co-inventor Prof. Matt Thomas. Photo by Jim Harding, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
February 15, 2018

Startup company from research discovery expects to be profitable in 2018.

January 11, 2018

Do new ideas fire you up? Or do you daydream of creating your own job? Entrepreneurs Make It Happen. They see a solution to a problem, go for it and don't give up. Students have many options to connect with us and explore entrepreneurship. Here are 10.

Katie DeFiore interviews young entrepreneurs about what led them to make something out of nothing. She is a Penn State communications student. (Photo by Cameron Hart)
December 13, 2017

Student entrepreneur and podcaster Katie DeFiore shares stories, inspiration and wisdom from Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State, Nov. 12-17. Listen to all three episodes of DeFiore's GEWeek podcasts right here.

Thank someone key to your success. (Image by Filipe Frazao.)
November 21, 2017

The crowd of people who support entrepreneurs makes success possible. Here are 10 ways entrepreneurs can thank those who help.

November 20, 2017

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program congratulates and supports these E&I Showcase presenters on their discoveries, initiative, creativity, hard work and journey to commercialization. The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Showcase 2017 highlighted 11 groups of faculty, student and alumni innovators in the College of Agricultural Sciences. (Images by Sarah Giegerich)