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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.

November 17, 2015

Zach Wilson, a 2011 agribusiness management graduate from the College of Agricultural Sciences, started building a vineyard on his family’s farmland in his sophomore year. This year, he's making 16,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine. Wilson tells the story of his Journey from Student to Vineyard Founder during Penn State's Global Entrepreneurship Week, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (303 Wagner Building), and 1 - 2:15 p.m. (104 Forest Resources Building).

Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar & Entrepreneurship Coordinator
November 16, 2015

Want to be successful? Be coachable. If you're hearing consistent advice from entrepreneurs and mentors, be sure to do more than listen: Take action on it.

Dr. Troy Ott, Professor of Reproductive Physiology, takes a small sample of blood from a cow. His patented test tells dairy farmers whether a cow is carrying an embryo or failed to conceive and requires re-insemination to become pregnant.
November 10, 2015

Dr. Troy Ott is developing a blood test that dairy farmers and livestock veterinarians can use to tell whether a cow failed to conceive after insemination.

November 10, 2015

Learn all about Entrepreneurship at Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15-20. Meet innovators in the ag sciences at college-sponsored events.

Alumni Diane Blanton and Dan Eichenlaub present Earl and Kay Harbaugh with a photo album of memories and thank you messages from their years of service to the College of Agricultural Sciences. (Photo: Michael Houtz)
November 10, 2015

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program honored its founding donors, Earl and Kay Harbaugh and highlighted College of Agricultural Sciences student startups and researchers who are commercializing their discoveries. Slideshow of the weekend.

The team that developed Chilk-Out was comprised of food science graduate students Zhaoyong Ba, Latha Murugesan, Yun Yu, Laura Rolon, and Michelle Reyes, and food science undergraduate students Evan Azzara, Kaley Hoefferle, and Olivia Cassano, as well as materials science/visual arts double major Yiyun Zhang. Advisor to the group was Dan Azzara.
October 13, 2015

Two award-winning products developed by food science students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be served to hundreds of guests at University President Eric Barron's tailgate before the Nittany Lions' football game Oct. 31.

Dustin Betz, president of GreenTowers shows off the BEEcosystem in action. This set up holds about 10,000 bees.
September 22, 2015

Startup GreenTowers’ mission is to reconnect people with the nature of food systems. Its new BEEcosystem design is helping to raise awareness about the decline in pollinators.

Jason Cohen, founder and CEO of startup Analytical Flavor Systems, tells his story Sept. 30 as the Harbaugh Forum speaker
September 15, 2015

What's it like to be a young founder and CEO of a startup tech company in State College, tasting beer and coffee for your job and working in a former frat house?

Food scientists Gregory R. Ziegler (left) and Joshua Lambert (right) along with Rachel Shegog, a food science master's student, examine a sample of the bright orange liquid extracted from avocado pits.
September 8, 2015

Food Science Professor Gregory R. Ziegler is exploring the commercial potential of a brilliant orange found in avocado pits as a natural food coloring.

E&I Coordinator Mark Gagnon (left) and E&I Director Dan Azzara (right) are ready to help students and faculty explore entrepreneurship this fall.
August 26, 2015

Get involved with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the College of Agricultural Sciences and find out! This fall, there are many options to develop your inner entrepreneur.

Benjamin Nason and Deanna Spaniel
August 17, 2015

Two Penn State students will showcase Blue and White Potato Chips -- their new product that marries Americans' favorite snack food with their love of collegiate sports -- this week at Ag Progress Days.

Jingxuan Yang, Ph.D., a visiting scholar in Dr. Jeffrey Catchmark's lab, shows how a newly developed biomedical foam has just the right amount of squish. The E&I Program awarded $75,000 to help commercialize the foam.
July 27, 2015

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program awarded $300,000 among four Research Applications for Innovation Grants — known as RAIN grants — in July to provide financial support to help researchers within the college realize the commercial potential of their work.

July 14, 2015

ConidioTec, a new company spun off from Penn State Research and entomologist Nina Jenkins' discovery of an environmentally friendly bio-pesticide to eradicate bedbugs, won second place at the Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase in North Carolina.

Bridge the GapSci members (back, L to R) Kerry Belton, Jamaal James and (front, L to R) Shawntawnee Collins, Sarah Owusu and Josephine Garban
April 15, 2015

Bridge the GapSci, a nonprofit venture to provide basic laboratory equipment to high school science students in West African countries won the $7,500 grand prize Tuesday in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition.

April 9, 2015

Biotech saffron, Bridge the GapSci, Protein Station, Blue House and Delivered U named finalists

Dr. Nina Jenkins, entomologist and CEO, is the keynote speaker for Tuesday's Ag Springboard Awards Banquet
April 9, 2015

Ag Springboard Keynote Speaker Dr. Nina Jenkins, an entomologist and expert on finding safe ways to control pests, will tell her story of commercializing the discovery of a fungal spore that kills bed bugs.

March 23, 2015

Some pitch advice especially for the 19 Ag Springboard student teams who are working on their 10-minute pitch videos. And you — because we can all do a better job pitching our ideas!

March 3, 2015

Register your team NOW to compete for the $7,500 grand prize in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition. Thursday, March 5 is the final registration deadline. E-mail Mark Gagnon,

Dr. Mark Gagnon, E&I Program Coordinator
March 3, 2015

Perfection stifles innovation, says Mark Gagnon. Just get started.