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Start-up and Technology Transfer Assistance

Production Line

The Department of Food Science has over a decade of experience in and commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit so critical to advancing new processing approaches and economic development. CIFS-IPP membership affords participants an introduction to both large and small company ventures with the potential for in-licensing, alliance, and acquisition possibilities, including opportunities through the New York State Food Venture Center (NYSFVC). The NYSFVC offers training and counseling to new and established food entrepreneurs in food processing, food safety, regulatory compliance, and business development.

CIFS-IPP staff are also available to facilitate technology transfer from laboratory and pilot plant discoveries to commercial applications and provide a link to such resources as the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC) and the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences.

Member Benefits

CIFS-IPP members receive preferential access to the combined resources of two pilot plants, a dairy plant and a product development lab (kitchen) for optimizing new product and business ventures prior to scaling up in the marketplace. They also receive a number of unique and helpful liaison services for new and established businesses.


Silver Partner

Gold Partner

Liaison services for accessing acquisition, alliance, licensing, and entrepreneurial resources around the Cornell community X X
Assistance accessing the NYS Food Venture Center X X
Liaison services for Business Plan and Marketing Plan development X X
Liaison services with Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization (CCTEC) and the McGovern Center X X