Cornell’s expertise in research, technology and business education translates into meaningful impacts in communities around the world. Our mission extends beyond the classroom, helping entrepreneurs access the research and mentorship they need to start and grow successful businesses.

Research and engagement

In the Hi-Light solar thermal chemical reactor, waveguides glow as they transfer light into the reactor’s shell
Turning research into prototypes

Working prototypes of new innovations emerge from awards

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Vets start businesses at entrepreneurship boot camp

Program provides entrepreneurial training geared to disabled veterans

From left, Diego Mariscal, CEO and chief disabled officer of 2Gether-International; Paolo Gaudiano, executive director of Quantitative Studies of Diversity and Inclusion at the City College of New York and founder of Aleria; and Naitik Mehta, CEO and co-founder of NextBillion.org
Tech promises jobs for people with disabilities

More tech jobs for people with disabilities benefits both them and businesses

Members of the spinach and lavender SMART teams, both led by Ed Mabaya, met with Spinach King Lufefe Nomjana, right, outside his Cape Town cafe
Student teams advise small businesses in Africa

SMART teams help small businesses in developing countries

Thought Leaders in Economic Impact & Entrepreneurship

Mark Sorrells

Ancient Grain Project Feeds Growing Demand

Mark Sorrells leads the Cornell Small Grains Project, which for more than a century has developed innovative approaches to crop improvement.

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Brooke Erin Duffy

Social Media, Culture, and Technology

Brooke Erin Duffy examines social media production, media and creative industries, digital labor, and gender and feminist media studies.

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Lara Skinner

Engaging Workers on Climate Change

Lara Skinner studies workers' and labor unions' engagement in issues of sustainability, climate protection, and economic alternatives.

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Scott Yonker

Madoff Damaged Trust in Financial Markets

Scott Yonker and two co-authors estimated the cost of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme to the financial intermediation industry.

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Olga Padilla-Zakour

Food Entrepreneurship

Olga Padilla-Zakour focuses her research on increasing the economic viability of farm-based ventures.

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Deborah Streeter

Small Business Management

Deborah Streeter designed an online program to provide women with a highly personalized approach to achieving their leadership goals.

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Vicki Bogan

Behavioral Finance

Vicki Bogan examines the decisions corporations or individuals make regarding their investments and how they manage their portfolios.

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Samuel Bacharach

Organizational Behavior

Samuel Bacharach, director of the Institute for Workplace Studies, is an expert on leadership, management and teamwork.

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Cornell’s Local Economic Impact

Cornell’s dedication to the local community, demonstrated through engagement and contribution of resources, is one reason Ithaca is consistently ranked among the top small cities in the nation.


  • $2.9M
    Property taxes paid
  • $283M
    Student and visitor spending
  • $120.6M
    Purchasing in Tompkins and adjacent counties
  • $300M
    External federal, state and corporate research funding spent locally