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Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy

The Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy is designed for upper-division undergrads, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty working in food and agriculture-related fields.

The academy combines focused lectures, practical exercises, networking sessions and hands-on experiences in an innovative format to help you explore how your research can make a broader impact in industry, the marketplace and the world. You’ll learn to identify market needs and opportunities, develop a network of experts to support your venture—and create agriculture ‘food chain’ clusters of innovation.

The academy is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty, and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You’ll gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

The academy includes:

  • An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.
  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.

AgEA 2015 Schedule

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications for our 2016 academy will open in February.

How to Apply

The academy is open to upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering. It is open to applicants from any university. Priority registration given to UC participants.

To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications for our 2016 academy will open in February.

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Registration Fees

$250: California university/college students and faculty.
$500: Out-of-state university/college students and faculty.
$1,500: Participants with no university affiliation.

Registration fee includes course, materials and dining. Payment due upon acceptance to the program. This fee does NOT include lodging, transportation or parking fees, which are the responsibility of the participant.

Fellowship Aid
Keller Pathway Fellowship

Through the generous support of Barry and Lynda Keller, we have recently launched the Keller Pathways Fellowship Program. Selected fellows attend the academy free of charge as the first step in a year-long affiliation with our institute. Read more >>

To be considered for a fellowship, please indicate “Yes” where indicated on the application form.

Location, Dates & Travel Information

The academy is held April 25-27, 2016 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis main campus.

Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner are provided daily. Lodging, transportation and parking fees are the responsibility of the participant.

We recommend the following nearby hotels:

Featured Speakers

Andrew Hargadon, Faculty Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Cleveland Justis, Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Call for Mentors

An integral part of the academy experience is the opportunity for participants to engage with industry professionals over two evenings. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for academy participants during one or both mentoring sessions, please sign up below:

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Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy

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