Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Kicks off Fall 2014 with Sponsorships

Posted: September 12, 2014

Ag Sciences Students to have New Pitch and Networking Opportunities.

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program has signed on as a sponsor of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State, Nov. 10-20, kicking off its Fall 2014 initiative to inspire and encourage College of Agricultural Sciences’ students to create and pursue ventures in food, agriculture and biorenewables.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, is a 10-day, international celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. All GEW activities are designed to help participants explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. They connect entrepreneurs with collaborators, mentors, and investors.

“Our program mantra is to create entrepreneurs and innovators in food, agriculture and biorenewables so we signed on as college sponsor,” says Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar & Entrepreneurship Coordinator at the College of Agricultural Sciences. Our PSU Ag students made an excellent showing for GE Week last year and we can do even better this year.”

The E&I Program also signed on to sponsor the “1,000 Pitches” challenge, an annual competition between the University of Michigan and Penn State, in which students pitch solutions to problems with three-minute videos. The best videos in each of nine categories win $1,000. “Keep watch as we will be soon launching our Ag pitch challenge to help bolster 1000 pitches,” notes Professor Gagnon.  

Ag students will have an opportunity to pitch for prizes, networking and mentoring opportunities. In the Ag pitch challenge, Ag students can work together toward a college goal. Stay tuned!