Credited with launching some of Cornell’s earliest entrepreneurship student programming in the 1980s, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Cornell CALS) is continuously working to improve the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for our students and our communities.

Through the undergraduate business major, minor and experiential programming, our students explore the creative world of business enterprise through a wide range of opportunities — from the launch of a novel food product to pioneering a new science-related technology. Students at all levels gain experience and mentorship from faculty and business leaders in product innovation, strategy, financial analytics, marketing, management, teamwork, business competitions and more. Developing entrepreneurial skills and hands-on business experience in a university environment provides our students with a competitive advantage in the workforce and enriches the next generation of business leaders.

Cornell CALS also leverages its research and expertise to accelerate food and agricultural businesses and to position New York state as a global leader in related economic advancement. Programming from the Cornell Food Venture Center and the Cornell Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture – both at our Cornell AgriTech campus in Geneva, New York — help businesses of all sizes introduce food business technologies and food products into the marketplace.

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Read more about NY Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech

Research park designed to foster the creation of innovative agriculture technologies

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Focused on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in Upstate NY

Read more about Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition

Empower talented and intelligent women through education and experience

Read more about Society for Women in Business

Offers a unique product development and pilot manufacturing space for entrepreneurs to develop new dairy products and start new food businesses.

Read more about the Cornell Food Processing and Development Laboratory (FPDL)