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Saturday, March 24 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Growing Entrepreneurship in Penn State's Ag Space

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How does a group of faculty infuse entrepreneurship into a large agricultural college? In this presentation, we describe our on-going journey with entrepreneurship in Penn State's Ag space. Since its inception in 2006, the College of Agricultural Science's Entrepreneurship Initiative has experienced several states of transition and has gained significant momentum. Our charge is to develop entrepreneurs across the college's students, faculty, alumni and external constituents. We will discuss our successes, failures and lessons learned during our journey over the last five years. Example themes discussed are enlisting the college's entrepreneurial hybrids across students, faculty and alumni, pollinating cross-university entrepreneurship networks, avoiding the blight of debating entrepreneurship and pressing on with the chore of cultivating entrepreneurship. These topics will be framed with the question: how do we keep entrepreneurship growing in Penn State's Ag space?

Speakers

Mark A. Gagnon

Mark Gagnon is an entrepreneur interested in idea enactment in both academic and practical contexts. Mark\'s research focuses on the intersection of sustainability and entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of entrepreneur psychology relative to new venture organizing and outcomes. In addition, Mark is part of the leadership team for Penn State\'s College of Agricultural Sciences Entrepreneurship Initiative, which seeks to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into the college and forge...
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Judd H. Michael

Judd Michael's specialty is in business management issues facing natural resources producers. He has also worked with other portions of the value chain, including retailers and natural resource agencies. A recent project was funded by NIST and examined innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises.  He has also conducted research on how social networks impact communications, how firms can best utilize high performance work teams, and additional projects related to "change management...
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Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 10:30am
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