Posted: March 25, 2021

Final Round & Winner of $7,500 coming in April 9 live broadcast

Five finalist Ag Springboard student teams will pitch their ideas for a new business or non-profit venture in food, energy, ecosystems, bioproducts, community development or sustainability April 9 during the final round of the business pitch contest. 

The teams will pitch judges during a virtual event, broadcast live via Facebook Live! on the @psuaginnovation page, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., April 9.

Winners of the $7,500 grand prize and $2,500 second-place prize will be announced at 3 p.m. in a second Live! broadcast. 

Ag Springboard is a signature event of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the College of Ag Sciences. Teams will live-pitch judges — like TV’s Shark Tank — with ventures in the ag sciences. 

The five finalist teams:

Table Rock Markets

Table Rock Markets is pitching an interactive exchange that connects local farmers with consumers.

Students: Jake Grim, Louis Gattis III, Sabrina Yushinski, Donald Opp and Aiden Rauscher.

Grim is a junior, Business Management and Marketing major. Rauscher is a sophomore, Computer Science major. Gattis is a senior, Ag Business major. Opp is a junior Animal Science major. Yushinksi is a junior Food Science major.

Watch Table Rock Markets promo video below.

Follow Table Rock Markets on social media. @TableRockMarkets on Facebook; @tablerockmarkets on Instagram and @table-rock-markets on LinkedIn.

Bombay Farms

Bombay Farms is pitching a platform to connect Indian farmers to global markets.

Students: Vraj Chopre and Rytzl Dsouza

Irwin Innovation Group

Irwin Innovation Group is pitching a hemp-based crop row cover material to replace plastic.

Students: Louis Waryanka and Samuel Hackman. 

Waryanka is a senior, majoring in Agricultural Science and double-minoring in Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship and Innovation (with a Food and Bio-Innovation focus).

Hackman is a senior, majoring in Agribusiness Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (with a focus in New Ventures.)

Watch their pitch from the first round of the competition at the video below.

Carbon Compost

Carbon Compost is pitching a compost fertilizer from biogas co-products.

Students: Ram Neupane and Divya Pant.

Pant is a second-year Master’s student in Agronomy. Neupane is a first-year, Ph.D. student in Plant Pathology.

Watch Carbon Compost's pitch from the first round of the competition at the video below.

Traceless Foods

Traceless Foods is pitching a food delivery service to reduce food packaging.

Students: Dylan Kapadia and Leif Barron.

Kapadia is senior Supply Chain & Information Systems major. Barron is a senior in majoring in Community, Environment and Development.

Watch Traceless Foods first-round video pitch

Watch the Irwin Innovation Group's first-round video pitch

Watch Carbon Compost's first-round video pitch

Watch Table Rock Markets Promo Video: