Posted: January 10, 2019

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

What's the Ag Springboard experience all about?

Ag Springboard is a student pitch competition in the agricultural sciences with a $7,500 grand prize and $2,500 second prize.

Pitch an idea for a new business or non-profit venture. You can lead a team, or sign up to help on a team.

Either way: Register by February 15. Click the REGISTER button on the E&I home page. OR: .

Watch finalists from 2017 describe their Ag Springboard experience:

What You Get

  • Coaching and team support to pitch an idea.
  • A chance to stand out and help you land the right internship or job.
  • Build your resume and have a compelling story for employers about your experience.
  • Learn how to pitch your ideas -- a valuable skill for any future career.
  • $7,500 to fund your venture.

How it Works

• Lead a team or join a team.

• Venture ideas must be in food, agriculture, bio-renewables, community or sustainability.

• All Penn State students are eligible. Teams of 2-5 students must include a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences.


• Submit a short video pitch by March 15.

• Finalist teams will pitch their concept to Ag Springboard judges on April 3. Winners will be announced during an awards banquet that evening -- with a really cool keynote speaker like Videon CEO Todd Erdley, who spoke at the Ag Springboard banquet in 2017.

Complete rules.

Highlights from the most recent Ag Springboard

About Cricket Pasta -- the Winners of Ag Springboard 2017

About the Final Five Teams

Where are they now? Bold Foods Founder Weslie Khoo Finding Adventurous Eaters

Several past winners have started non-profits and businesses!

Questions about Ag Springboard or entrepreneurship? .

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Venture forth in 2019, we are here to help!