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

Combine harvesting hemp plants
Cuomo approves investment in hemp production

Signs bill at Cornell event to help make New York a leading hemp producer

screenshot from animation
Rev Summer Hardware Accelerator

The Hardware Accelerator at Rev helps budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses

Graduate student Mark Obstalecki, left, prepares a sample for the Rotational and Axial Motion System (RAMS) in the F2 hutch at CHESS under the watchful eye of Matthew Miller, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of InSitµ@CHESS
InSitu uses synchrotron for materials analysis

InSitu@CHESS offers material-testing help to industry, academia

The Bridge at Cornell Tech.
Citi signs on as tenant in The Bridge at Cornell Tech

Citigroup Inc. has leased 10,900 square feet in The Bridge at Cornell Tech

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.

Learn more
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.

Learn more
Lara Skinner

Engaging Workers on Climate Change

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

Learn more
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.

Learn more
Olga Padilla-Zakour

Food Entrepreneurship

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

Learn more
Deborah Streeter

Small Business Management

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

Learn more
Vicki Bogan

Behavioral Finance

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

Learn more
Samuel Bacharach

Organizational Behavior

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

Learn more

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