City Lights: Experience the ingenious power of partnership

May 16, 2018

Leaders of ConidioTec and Phospholutions, two ag sciences startups, will tell their stories next month at a series of interactive, TED-talk-style City Lights events to showcase Invent Penn State. The annual series will visit Harrisburg; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from June 18-21.

Ag Sciences Startups Win Big at Invent Penn State Event

May 11, 2018

Phospholutions won $80,000 in investment prizes and ConidioTec won $10,000 at this spring's Invent Penn State Venture & Intellectual Property Conference. Both startup companies are commercializing discoveries and technology developed at the College of Agricultural Sciences.

P.S. Snacks Founder Tells Her Startup Story

March 29, 2018

P.S. Snacks Founder and CEO Nikki Azzara told the story of creating her company that makes good-for-you snacks from unconventional ingredients, starting with a line of bean-based cookie doughs. She spoke Thursday, March 29, to about 80 students as part of Penn State Startup Week.

Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break

March 22, 2018

A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit of the country, meet with policymakers, and get a taste of the culture in the Middle Eastern country.

Spring Break 2018: Learning about Israel's Start-up Culture

March 20, 2018

Israel over the last decade has become an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Ten students and their professors traveled there in early March to check it out.

Creator of New, Natural Snacks to Speak March 29, during Penn State Startup Week

March 18, 2018

Recent college graduate Nikki Azzara created P.S. Snacks, a natural snack product found in 130 stores. She'll tell her story Thursday, March 29, 1:35 - 2:50 p.m. in 16 ASI, as part of Penn State Startup Week.

Coming to a garden near you: An award-winning, Penn State-bred tomato variety

March 15, 2018

Dr. Majid Foolad, professor of plant genetics, and plant breeders at Johnny's Selected Seeds partnered to launch "Valentine" a new variety of grape tomato in Johnny's 2018 catalog and on its website. Foolad received a Research Applications for Innovation grant from the E&I Program at the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2017 to further commercialize his tomato breeding work.

Bed bug Treatment Sees Strong Sales Response

February 15, 2018

Startup company from research discovery expects to be profitable in 2018.

10 Ways for Students To Explore Their Potential in 2018

January 11, 2018

Do new ideas fire you up? Or do you daydream of creating your own job? Entrepreneurs Make It Happen. They see a solution to a problem, go for it and don't give up. Students have many options to connect with us and explore entrepreneurship. Here are 10.

Student Podcaster Tells Stories of Young Entrepreneurs

December 13, 2017

Student entrepreneur and podcaster Katie DeFiore shares stories, inspiration and wisdom from Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State, Nov. 12-17. Listen to all three episodes of DeFiore's GEWeek podcasts right here.

Gratitude is Essential to Entrepreneurship

November 21, 2017

The crowd of people who support entrepreneurs makes success possible. Here are 10 ways entrepreneurs can thank those who help.

E&I Showcase 2017 Highlights

November 20, 2017

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program congratulates and supports these E&I Showcase presenters on their discoveries, initiative, creativity, hard work and journey to commercialization. The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Showcase 2017 highlighted 11 groups of faculty, student and alumni innovators in the College of Agricultural Sciences. (Images by Sarah Giegerich)

Major gifts benefit Entrepreneurship and Innovation

November 10, 2017

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences on Nov. 10 announced two $1 million gifts to endow positions in its Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Both gifts have received matching funds from the University.

Learn from Entrepreneurs at GEWeek

November 6, 2017

'They have so much wisdom’ says senior Marisa DeGennaro in a special GEWeek episode of the podcast Entrepreneurial State of Mind

Digging In

October 24, 2017

Agribusiness management students are working with Sterman Masser Potato Farms to help Pennsylvania’s largest potato producer reach beyond the bag with new, convenient potato products.

E&I Student Outreach Team at Career Fair

October 12, 2017

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program's student outreach team met ag sciences students with information and inspiration at the Oct. 10 Career Day at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Would You Eat Crickets?

August 29, 2017

Penn State food science graduate students are creating a new pasta fortified with cricket flour. They talked up the advantages of eating crickets and their new Bold Foods brand with visitors to Ag Progress Days.

Video: New Tomato for Pennsylvania wins $75,000 to Reach Market

August 22, 2017

Penn State Plant Geneticist Dr. Majid Foolad is developing new tomato varieties. He won a $75,000 research commercialization grant from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to bring the new varieties to market.

Pest-Killing Wood Treatment Invention Wins $75,000 to Reach Market

August 22, 2017

Entomologist Dr. Kelli Hoover and Wood Products Professor Dr. John Janowiak invented a fast and new pest-killing treatment for wood to prevent destruction from pests like emerald ash borer.

New Tomato Variety and Pest-killing Wood Treatment Each Win $75,000

August 21, 2017

RAIN grants from the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program help move discoveries from the lab to the marketplace

Video: Dr. Nina Jenkins on Nontoxic Bedbug Killer

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.

Penn State teams excel in food science competitions

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.

Failure is OK

April 14, 2017

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

Cricket-Fortified Pasta Pitch Wins $7,500 Ag Springboard Top Prize

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.

Little Farm Pitches a New Farm to Consumer Model

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

Pasta 2050 Pitches Pasta Fortified with Cricket Protein

April 13, 2017

They hope to help consumers warm up to crickets as a protein source

Videon Founder & CEO Todd Erdley to Keynote Ag Springboard 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.

Final Five Teams Polish their Pitches

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.

The Warchest Project

February 22, 2017

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

Reach Beyond Your Comfort Zone

February 21, 2017

To grow, you must challenge yourself.