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Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

A Hub for Economic Growth in New York State

The Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech pulls together multiple partners to catalyze business development in the agriculture and food industries. The Center for Excellence serves as a hub connecting New York businesses and entrepreneurs with services they need to grow including:

  • Access to world class Cornell researchers and cutting edge research and development
  • Connections to distributors and marketers, potential partners, co packing and manufacturing facilities
  • Business services, workshops and mentorship needed for development and expansion
  • Physical office, lab and kitchen space and specialized equipment 

New York state is home to the nation’s second-largest food manufacturing sector in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.With this strong foundation, Cornell AgriTech’s Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture accelerates growth and positions New York state as a global leader in agricultural and food innovation by attracting additional investment, creating new jobs and fostering the growth of new companies, new products and existing businesses.

A Strategy for Success

The Center of Excellence catalyzes business development in the agriculture and food industries through a multi-tiered approach in order to:

  • Push new technologies to commercialization within New York.
  • Pull existing companies into New York, attracted by the opportunities to work with leaders in innovation and research.
  • Grow existing agriculture and food technology companies in New York.

Antithesis founding teamSuccess Stories

Learn how the Center of Excellence has supported and empowered businesses to grow and thrive: 




Making an Impact in 2018

The Center of Excellence launched midyear 2018 and made great strides in supporting startups and companies to launch and grow their businesses. 

Over 50 companies engaged with the Center of Excellence and $12.3 million was raised by companies working with the Center of Excellence

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