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

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Mindless computing

Designing new technology by leverages theories in psychology and behavioral economics to account for human tendencies.

Tomer Morad, CEO of New York City-based DatArcs.
Cornell Tech Runway Program postdoc wins $250,000

Cornell Tech Runway postdoc among 76West clean energy business plan winners to benefit the Southern Tier.

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.

Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

Scientists analyze 4,5000 maize varieties to determine which genes drive large-scale adaptation environmental changes.

Thought Leaders in Economic Impact & Entrepreneurship

Soumitra Dutta


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


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


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