2013 Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship

Posted: March 28, 2013

The 2013 Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship features former Red Bull-USA executive Hans Vriens April 9.

Learn the keys to using a start-up mindset to innovate at a large company when successful innovator Hans Vriens speaks April 9, at 6 p.m., Room 10, the Sparks Building, during the fifth Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship. 

Vriens, senior VP of Global R&D and Innovation at The Hershey Company and former marketing and sales director for Red Bull-USA, will deliver the keynote address at the forum.

Successful entrepreneurs visit and share their stories and what they’ve learned as innovators during the Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship, a signature event of the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program. Both are made possible by gifts from Earl and Kay Harbaugh, who established several endowments to champion entrepreneurship in the college.

The E&I Program’s mission is to create entrepreneurs and innovators in the food and agriculture sectors. This marks the fifth Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship, held since 2010. 

As part of the forum, visiting entrepreneurs will also meet with students at smaller events such as in-class discussions.

About previous Harbaugh Forums on Entrepreneurship

Keith Masser, CEO of Sterman Masser, Inc. and Chair of Penn State's Board of Trustees, delivered the feature keynote for the 2012 Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship

At the first forum in 2010, a panel of entrepreneurs spoke of their passion and commitment to making their start-up businesses work at the 2010 Harbaugh Forum on Entrepreneurship. The panel: Scott Brickman, CEO of the Brickman Group; Daniel Eichenlaub, president of Eichenlaub, Inc.; Earl Harbaugh, founder and president of four companies and the forum’s sponsor; and Rick Grazzini, executive director of GardenGenetics.The second forum focused on food entrepreneurs and the focus of the third was on animal science.