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Nina Jenkins and Giovani Bellicanta won the 2017 Research Innovator Award from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program. Jenkins is an entomologist and CEO of ConidioTec; Bellicanta is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Entomology.
August 3, 2017

Dr. Nina Jenkins, an entomologist at the College of Agricultural Sciences, and her team discovered a biopesticide that kills bedbugs. The company registered Aprehend with the EPA and will soon bring it to market.

A team of food science students from Penn State won the National Dairy Council's 2017 New Product Competition for their dairy beverage concept, FüZen. The team was composed of Michelle Tran (team captain), Lisa Caprera, Manpreet Cheema, Mitchell Culler, J
July 12, 2017

Three teams of food science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences came out on top in national product-development competitions and a trivia bowl in June.

Ag Springboard keynote speaker Todd Erdley, founder and CEO of Videon in State College, inspires student entrepreneurs to be comfortable with the risk-fail-pivot process common to entrepreneurship during the Ag Springboard Awards Banquet Thursday, April 1
April 14, 2017

Risk. Fail. Pivot. Repeat. Todd Erdley, co-founder and CEO of Videon, advises student entrepreneurs.

Pasta 2050’s pitch for pasta made with cricket flour won first place and $7,500 Thursday April 13 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. L to R: Dr. Mark Gagnon, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Dean Richard Roush, College of Agricultural Scie
April 14, 2017

A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize Thursday after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.

April 13, 2017

Hui Wang and Jiayi Wang plan to use edutainment videos on social media platforms native to China to help connect family farms with urban consumers

Todd Erdley is the keynote speaker for the Ag Springboard business pitch contest finale Thursday.
April 9, 2017

Todd Erdley, local technology entrepreneur and champion of economic growth, will speak Thursday during the awards banquet for the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest.

Luke Yost explains how the ModZero device allows a single scope to be used on multiple rifles, potentially saving time and money.
April 7, 2017

Five student teams will live-pitch their new business concepts to judges April 13, in hopes of winning $7,500 during the final round of the 2017 Ag Springboard competition.

March 28, 2017

One idea to build a vertical farming project led to an Ag Springboard team. Then a win. Then a company. GreenTowers' co-founders share how they unleashed their creativity and momentum.

Sami Beining, a biorenewable systems major, with the Warchest a military ammo can repurposed for tailgating. (Image: Cameron Hart)
February 22, 2017

Meet two agricultural sciences students pitching their idea to repurpose military ammo cans into tailgating gear.

Dr. Mark Gagnon is the Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and Entrepreneurship Coordinator. (Photo by Cameron Hart)
February 21, 2017

To grow, you must challenge yourself.

January 11, 2017

This spring, one student team will win $7,500 at Ag Springboard to help launch a great idea in the agricultural sciences.

December 5, 2016

Innovators get uneasy when ventures and progress lags

Bill Brock of Straub Brewery speaks to students about social entrepreneurship Nov. 14 during GE Week Penn State.
November 23, 2016

Developing strong character is the first step to becoming a social entrepreneur — a leader of enterprises devoted to the common good — advises Bill Brock of Straub Brewery.

November 10, 2016

To achieve tangible results, schedule time away from news feeds and text alerts.

November 9, 2016

Get Inspired! Get Started! Make It Happen! GEWeek Penn State events co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program or of special interest to students in the agricultural sciences.

Artist Sean Bodley draws coloring pages for kids with science superheroes who are people of color. (Photo by Cameron Hart)
November 3, 2016

Five doctoral candidates have formed a new educational product business to promote diversity within STEM

Penn State alumnus and representative of Thought For Food Jared Yarnall-Schane shared foods made with crickets and soy with folks who are curious about what we'll eat in the future to during
October 23, 2016

Penn State alumnus and representative of Thought For Food Jared Yarnall-Schane shared some foods likely to turn up on our dinner plates with folks who are curious about what we'll all be eating as global population rises.

Ben Nason shows purple potatoes during harvest.
September 20, 2016

Roy Biv Potato Chips — winners of the 2016 Ag Springboard business pitch contest — plans to start selling its blue and white potato chips in mid-October.

Rey's Rations Jakku Juice Orbs placed first Disney-Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Product Development Competition held at the annual Institute of Food Technologists meeting in Chicago.
August 16, 2016

Two teams of food science students have created new products — Rey’s Rations Jakku Juice Orbs and Hearty Heifers — that won high honors in recent national food product competitions.