Ag Innovators Discover a World to Harvest

2015 Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy

Daniel McKinnon of 3D Robotics Inc. demonstrated the many uses of drones in agriculture. Key takeaway: think outside the box in terms of applications for your technology

Thirty-five undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty from UC Davis and industry participated in the 2015 Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy, held April 21-23. This intensive business development program is offered to scientists and engineers who want to identify, design and validate business opportunities for their research.


Through seminars and interactive workshops, mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors, and networking opportunities, participants learn the building blocks of entrepreneurship to move advances out of the lab and into the world.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship in food, agriculture and health are critically needed—and at the core of UC Davis’ strengths,” said Cleveland Justis, executive director of the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“The academy combined leading businesspeople in this space with cutting-edge researchers. As participants’ research moves to market, we’re anticipating powerful results.”

One immediate sign of the academy’s success: Fully 100 percent of participants said they would recommend it to their classmates and colleagues.


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