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Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy

The Food, Ag + Health Entrepreneurship Academy is the premier academic program for commercializing innovations in food, agriculture and health. 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 2020 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.

Draft Academy Schedule

2019 Featured Speaker: Dan KUrzrock | co-founder and chief grain officer, ReGrained

HAVE YOUR BEER AND EAT IT TOO: Where Others See Waste, ReGrained Sees Taste

ReGrained rescues and upcycles grain generated by the brewing industry into SuperGrain+ flour, a versatile ingredient that produces delicious, nutritious and highly functional foods. Dan Kurzrock created ReGrained out of his hobby for homebrewing beer, where he first discovered that the artist formerly known as “spent” grain could be given a delicious second life. He is now obsessed with better aligning the food we eat with the planet we love through edible upcycling.

2020 ACADEMY Speakers

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

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

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

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.

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DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 30, 2020 no later than 5 p.m.

Registration Fees

$1,000: 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 2020 academy is planned for Tuesday through Thursday, February 4-6, 2020 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.

Apply to be a mentor >


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