Ag Springboard: Launching Student Ideas to Life

Posted: January 22, 2015

$7,500 grand prize! Ag Springboard is an annual business plan presentation competition open to all students at Penn State. Teams must consist of 2-5 students, at least one of whom must be a student enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Hey Ag Sci students!

It's time to take your ideas to the next level and think Ag Springboard! With a grand prize of $7,500 to launch your enterprise, what do you have to lose!? 

Ag Springboard is a student business plan competition focused on developing your IDEAS into a new business or non-profit enterprise. Teams are forming now and must be set by March 5.

If you have an idea and need teammates or you want to join a team, we can help! Ag Springboard is great experience for students. And no one person has to have the entire idea or figure out the whole thing— you can join a team and help each other. 

Contact Mark Gagnon, E&I Program Coordinator, for team opportunities. Check out teams at

Once your team is formed, create a video pitch about your idea, and submit it by March 31. The video should be fewer than 10 minutes.

The "final four" finalists will be announced April 9, then the final round of competition and awards banquet is April 14.

The grand prize is $7,500 and the second prize is $2,500.

For more information, check out:

  • Info and talk ideas and teams at an Ag Springboard Open House, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 6 Armsby.
  • For updates and reminders, follow us on Twitter: @psuaginnovation and Facebook:


Ag Springboard is hosted by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences

For more information: Mark Gagnon, E&I Program Coordinator,

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