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Team Phospholutions is pitching a solution to prevent runoff of phosphorus.
April 13, 2016

Hunter Swisher and Erin Knabe of Team Phospholutions plan to commercialize a buffering agent that holds phosphorus in the soil and prevents it from leaching from farm fields into waterways.

Ben Nason explains how colorful potato varieties make specialty chips.
April 13, 2016

Deanna Spaniel and Ben Nason's Team Blue & White Chips use Purple Majesty potatoes for naturally colorful chips marketed to Penn State fans.

Team Futo will pitch its new tofu product at the final round of Ag Springboard 2016.
April 13, 2016

Team Futo envisions a meat substitute product tastier than the tofu commonly available in the U.S. market, making it easier for vegetarians and dieters to achieve their goals and enjoy a meal.

Team Systemic Action wants to use comic books to promote STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences.
April 12, 2016

Team Systemic Action has created a diverse cast of comic book characters to combat the under-representation of women and minorities in the STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences and help teach science lessons to fourth to fifth-grade students.

Team Sorghum hopes to improve Americans' diets by adding disease-fighting compounds found in sorghum to cheese.
April 12, 2016

Team Sorghum Cheese envisions making cheese with a disease-fighting compound found in sorghum.

Team Red wants to recycle red plastic cups to add social responsibility to college social life
April 12, 2016

Team Red wants to make sustainability sexy by giving the red plastic cups used at frat parties new life as furniture, Frisbees and cornhole games.

Dylan Tischler of Team Red holds a Frisbee made of recycled red plastic cups. Team Red is among six finalist teams competing this week for the $7,500 top prize in the Ag Springboard business pitch contest.
April 11, 2016

Judges picked six teams to compete this week for the $7,500 top prize and $2,500 second prize in the final round of Ag Springboard

Dustin Betz, Ag Springboard 2012 winner and founder-president of Green Towers, shares tips on telling the financial story in your business pitch.
March 28, 2016

Some tips on how to tell your financial story in a business pitch for #AgSpringboard16.

Think through how your business will continue to make money, says Hunter Swisher, a senior plant science major and #AgSpringboard16 competitor.
March 23, 2016

How will your new business make money now and in the future? Think through all the points of your model, says Hunter Swisher, a senior plant science major competing in ‪#‎AgSpringboard16‬.

Torin Miller, ag sciences student and managing partner of Ruffed Outdoors, explains the company figured out its customers.
March 18, 2016

#‎AgSpringboard16‬ How-to-Pitch: Know Your Customer reminds teams to be sure to define the customer for their product or service.

March 6, 2016

Start your pitch with your "Big Idea." What problem have you spotted and how does your product or service solve it?

Pitching is selling yourself and your idea, explains student Ben Nason. For Ag Springboard, it's telling your story to a specific audience of potential investors and judges.
March 1, 2016

Nineteen ‪#‎AgSpringboard16‬ teams will prep their pitches to compete for the $7,500 top prize. What's a pitch?! We all do it every day and we can all do it better. The first in our series of pitch coaching videos.

How is Ag Springboard an opportunity for all students? Anne Hoag explains. (Video by Taylor Clayton)
February 22, 2016

What makes entrepreneurs different? Anne Hoag explains entrepreneurs — and how Ag Springboard is an opportunity for all Penn State students. Hoag is associate professor of communications and director of the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI). Team registration deadline: Feb. 24.

Jingxuan Yang, Visiting Scholar from Donghua University (left) and Jeffrey Catchmark, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering (right) work in the lab on a new, patent-pending bio-absorbable medical foam. (Photo by Martha Schupp)
February 16, 2016

Jeffrey Catchmark's work to replace Styrofoam led to a new, bio-absorbable medical foam on its way to market

February 16, 2016

Two of Starbucks' founders were college buddies. (Hey - GREAT things happen in college!) The Ag Springboard business pitch contest and $7,500 top prize helps students learn how to create their own dream job — and jobs for other people! Teams must register by Feb. 24. Email Mark Gagnon,

February 9, 2016

People who can pitch their ideas — and themselves — stand out to employers. The Ag Springboard student business pitch contest can help you polish your skills to get a great job, even create your own job. Here's how:

Prof. Mark Gagnon explains the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition and how to get started
February 1, 2016

The first step toward winning the $7,500 Ag Springboard grand prize is to talk about your idea with some friends and put a team together. Mark Gagnon explains how to get started.

Bridge the GapSci won Ag Springboard 2015. L to R, PhD. students Sarah Owusu, physiology, Josephine Garban, molecular medicine, Shawntawnee Collins, immunology/infectious diseases, Kerry Belton, molecular toxicology and Jamaal James, molecular medicine
January 19, 2016

Enter the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest by Feb. 24. Pitch your idea on a video, then live to our judges. Win $7,500 to make it happen.