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

Al Molnar, holding a test board with the two-way transceiver chip mounted in the center, is shown with graduate student Hazal Yuksel
Engineers devise two-way radio on a single chip

Exploring new methods of two-way radio communication on a single transceiver chip.

Birds flying over food waste compost pile
Grant funds conference on reducing food waste

Helping business leaders reduce food waste and loss through new products and services.

Nick Nickitas MBA '14, Mike Ryzewic and Jon Ambrose MBA '14, founders of Rosie Applications
Cornell startup Rosie is business of the year in Ithaca

Founded by MBA grads Nickitas and Ambrose, Rosie is a young startup making a big impact in downtown Ithaca.

Man picking apples in orchard
New tool gives apple farms hope in fight against spring freeze

New Apple Freeze Risk decision tool helps growers assess precarious temperatures in turbulent springs.

Thought Leaders in Economic Impact & Entrepreneurship

Soumitra Dutta

Innovation

Soumitra Dutta is an authority on technology and innovation policy and is the co-editor and author of the Global Information Technology Report.

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Noliwe Rooks

Africana Studies

Noliwe Rooks is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies entrepreneurial approaches to addressing social inequality.

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Alex Susskind

Food & Beverage Management

Alex Susskind's research is based primarily in organizational communication and organizational behavior.

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Deborah Streeter

Small Business Management

Deborah Streeter studies entrepreneurship, small business management, technology and innovation and commercialization.

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Samuel Bacharach

Organizational Behavior

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

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Mark B. Milstein

Management

Mark B. Milstein is director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He focuses on enterprise creation, clean technology commercialization and sustainable finance.

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Christopher Marquis

Management

Christopher Marquis' teaching and research is focused on how business can have a positive impact on society and the natural environment.

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Michael Roach

Economics of entrepreneurship

Michael Roach research examines the career paths of science and engineering doctorates, with a particular emphasis on careers in entrepreneurship.

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Aija Leiponen

Business strategies

Aija Leiponen is professor of applied economics and management with a focus on innovation and technological change.

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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