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Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy
February 11-13, 2019


The Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy is the premier academic program for commercializing innovations in food and agriculture. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

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 2019 academy is 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.

2019 Academy Schedule

APPLY NOW! Applications for our 2019 academy are now open. The deadline to apply is February 1.

Featured Speaker: Dan KUrzrock

Dan Kurzrock

Dan Kurzrock is the co-founder and chief grain officer of ReGrained, which grew out of his hobby for homebrewing beer and his discovery that “spent” grain could be given a delicious second life. He is now obsessed with the impact edible upcycling and closing nutrient loops can have on our food system. As chief grain officer, Kurzrockis handles all elements of growing the business. He holds an economics degree from UCLA and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School.

2019 ACADEMY Speakers

Note: Will will add featured speakers as they are confirmed.

Andrew Hargadon - ProfessorAndrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

Victoria Lee, DLA PiperVictoria Lee – Partner and Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Billy KrimmelBilly Krimmel – Founder, Restoration Landscaping Co.

Tim BlankTim Blank – Chief Technology Officer, Tower Garden; Urban Farming Consultant; Keynote Speaker

Zane StarkewolfeZane Starkewolfe – Associate Director, Venture Catalyst – New Venture Resources

Antonio BuchananAntonio Buchanan – Co-CEO, Antonio & Paris

Denise BronnerDenise N. Bronner – Host-Pathogen Interaction Expert; Founder/CEO, Anu Snacks; Community Outreach & Diversity Advocate

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 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.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications for the 2019 Food, Ag and Health Entrepreneurship Academy are now open. The deadline to apply is February 1.

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.

Scholarship Aid

There are a limited number of scholarships available for interested UC Davis participants. Please indicate on the application form or email Niki Peterson for more information.

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2019 academy is planned for Monday through Wednesday, February 11–13 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:

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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