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Research Commercialization

The College of Agricultural Sciences is committed to fostering technology development and bringing research to the marketplace through the transfer of technologies to existing and start-up companies.

With substantial support from the Office of Research and Graduate Education, the College of Agricultural Sciences has committed to building a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators within the faculty and students. Research Application for INovation (RAIN) grants program, offers competitive funds for college researchers to translate their results to the marketplace. The college partners with the Office of Industrial Partnership to identify industrial partnership opportunities and connect college researchers to the technical challenges and needs of industry.

Entrepreneurship News

Dr. Gary Thompson, left, Associate Dean of Research, GreenBriq students Paul Hughes, Nicole Dato, Annaliese Long and Vatsal Agarwal, with E&I Director Drs. Dan Azzara, rear, and Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar, right. (Cameron Callanan)
GreenBriq wins top $7,500 prize in Ag Springboard pitch contest
April 8, 2019
GreenBriq is turning invasive plants into sustainable fuel for Kenyan households. Inakua, the second-place winner of $2,500, plans to rent water-efficient hydroponic growing towers to Kenyan families to reliably grow their own vegetables.
Ag Springboard Final Four Teams Compete Wednesday! Graphic design by student Cameron Callanan, a senior in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
Final Four Ag Springboard Teams Pitch Judges Wednesday
April 2, 2019
Four finalist teams in the Ag Springboard student pitch competition are pitching ventures to help solve food waste, cut fossil fuel emissions, combat invasive plant species and provide low-cost, water-wise food production. One will win the $7,500 grand prize to Make It Happen.
Tyler Smith, this year's Ag Springboard keynote speaker, played pro basketball around the world for 11 years after playing for an historic Penn State men's basketball team in 2001.
Entrepreneur and Former Pro Basketball Player Tyler Smith to Keynote Ag Springboard
April 1, 2019
Tyler Smith, who played on Penn State's 2001 men's basketball team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round in the NCAA tournament, will speak about mental fitness for entrepreneurs as the keynote speaker for Ag Springboard. The "final four" Ag Springboard teams pitch live before judges in the finalist round Wednesday, followed by an evening awards banquet.