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Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy

The Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy helps students, postdocs and faculty gain the knowledge and networks needed to identify, develop and validate the commercial potential of your research or idea.

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 and develop a network of experts to support your venture.

The 2020 academy was canceled due to COVID-19. Prospective participants are encouraged to attend the UC Entrepreneurship Academy.

Co-sponsored by the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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, entrepreneurs and university faculty.
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.

2020 ACADEMY Speakers

Note: Featured speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Professor Andrew HargadonAndrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Joe DiNunzio – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Carissa BouwerCarissa Bouwer – Associate, DLA Piper

Nicole AlbertsonNicole Albertson – Associate, DLA Piper

Bruce GermanBruce German – UC Davis Foods for Health Institute; Evolve Biosystems

Noah AlperNoah Alper – Founder Noah’s Bagels; Noah Alper Consulting

​Kyeema Zerbe Kyeema Zerbe – Associate Director, UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health

David RichardsonDavid Richardson – Partner, DLA Piper

Damon TullDamon Tull – UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and UC Davis Graduate School of Management

How to Apply

The academy is open to upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs, faculty and others who are studying, researching or working in the area of food, ag and health. It is open to applicants from any university as well as interested applicants with no university affiliation. Priority registration is given to UC-affiliated participants.

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

The 2020 academy was canceled due to COVID-19. Prospective participants are encouraged to attend the UC Entrepreneurship Academy.

Registration Fees

$0: UC Davis students, faculty and staff.
$2,500: Participants with no UC Davis 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.

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2020 academy is planned for Monday through Wednesday, March 9-11, 2020 at the International Center located on the UC Davis main campus.

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

We recommend the following nearby hotels:

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 participants at this academy—and/or at one of our other entrepreneurship academies—please apply below.

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