Innovator Article

Humphrey Fellows to Gain Entrepreneurial Edge
New International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy

By Marianne Scoczek

UC DAVIS will host more than 40 Humphrey Fellows from around the world at the inaugural International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy in March, presented by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The academy represents UC Davis’ expanded involvement in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Each year the program brings about 200 mid-career professionals from five continents to 18 host universities across the U.S. for a year of nondegree graduate study, leadership development and professional collaboration.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the program has hosted almost 4,300 fellows representing nearly 160 countries since its founding in 1978.

UC Davis first participated in 1986, and welcomes Fellows with expertise in natural resources, environmental policy, climate change, agricultural and rural development, and environmental science. The academy is one of just five Enhancement Workshops specially developed for the Humphrey Program.

Academy highlights include presentations by Professor Andrew Hargadon, the institute’s founder and director, as well as venture capitalists and veteran entrepreneurs. The Fellows will visit start-ups and tour the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute, the world’s most environmentally sophisticated facility for making wine, brewing beer and processing foods.

“Academy participants will gain the necessary tools and insights to move forward with a venture, whether it is an idea for improving social well-being or development of a technical or novel solution to a problem,” says Gwynn Benner, assistant director of the UC Davis Humphrey Fellowship Program. “The academy will help guide them in making a big difference once they return home.”