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Research & Technology

Being able to investigate my technology...with access to all...Cornell offers is a serious leg up. Mitchell Ishmael, doctoral student, College of Engineering Learn More
Blue-collar jobs are still as segregated as they were in the 1950s. April Sutton, sociologist, College of Human Ecology Learn More
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Intellectual property disclosures
Intellectual property disclosures
1046
Patents issued
Patents issued
784
Commercial licenses
Commercial licenses
Source: Center for Technology Licensing
FY2011-2015

Cornell has a proven track record of developing technologies that not only transfer directly into commercial uses, but also support the university's land-grant mission.

Some research and inventions lead to the creation of new startups, while other technology is licensed to existing businesses. In either case, discoveries happening here drive product development and help build a thriving innovation ecosystem.

Retainer a game changer for the mobility impaired

Oliver Hoffman MS '16 Co-creator, Pallette retainer

See more about connective media

The seven countries leading the new digital revolution

Soumitra Dutta Dean and Faculty Global Innovator

Learn about Global Innovation Index

@revIthaca

RT @MiTeGen: #producthighlight remove pesky excess liquid from your samples or clean polymer tips using our Liquid Wicks: https://t.co/NzqSWKT4z4

@revIthaca

RT @swcllp: Check it out--you could win free Cornell Hockey tix! https://t.co/fD3bMobcQe

@revIthaca

Did you know our Member Company CEOs have an opportunity to get together for coffee every other month w/Rev sponsor CEOs? #CEOcoffee 01/27

@revIthaca

We're excited to host @ElisaMillerOut #WomenInTech meetups at Rev! Upcoming topics: Entrepreneurial Mindset + IoT https://t.co/dFNLmYQ2Ae

@revIthaca

RT @analiss: In a survey of Rust Belt cities, only Rochester’s millennial population grew faster, at 8.8%. https://t.co/EBUc5cOOHx

@CU_TechTransfer

#Cornell battery to convert CO2 into electricity selected as #1 of 10 ideas that will change the world by @sciam https://t.co/blivCayBQu

@cornell_tech

As changing viewer habits upend the TV industry, Renu Thomas puts her Cornell Eng. Masters to use @Disney-ABC. Read… https://t.co/BfQxA8oSlk

@eshipatcornell

Great new post by @eshipatcornell Director @zachshulman! "What do I need to know about investing in a startup?" https://t.co/D5WDev44y6

@cornell_tech

“I don't think people understand how important tech is to media," Renu Thomas, Cornell, '90 & '91, Exec. VP @Disney… https://t.co/FI6gABkRNB

@eshipatcornell

Join the year's biggest on-campus eship event @Cornell! Registration for @eshipatcornell Celebration '17 now open:… https://t.co/xno3yDrGsz

@CU_TechTransfer

Beta-cyclodextrin polymer infused-cotton from Cornell can clean pollutants from air and water https://t.co/QNe6ecvcRA

@cornell_tech

Can machines be creative? https://t.co/YWm6xReLxH

@AtkinsonCenter

Laws of Nature Trump Politics When It Comes to #ClimateChange says Atkinson Director David Lodge @newswise https://t.co/VghEdH2ahO

@cornellnetwork

RT @OPPENOFFICE: @chadoppenheim to participate in @CornellNetwork & @cornellaap panel discussion in Miami, 01/31/2017. https://t.co/jz0U1CXnP5

@cornell_tech

RT @timeshighered: Cornell business dean: mixing up subjects crucial to innovation https://t.co/rIgcuY1TmB #CornellTech @cornell_tech https://t.co/bOcsB5c6Uk

@cornell_tech

Can entrepreneurship revive the troubled PhD? @FastCompany talks to Runway Startup Postdocs at the Jacobs Institute. https://t.co/sUPKaqFtuX

@CU_TechTransfer

Methods for Modulating Bone Formation and Mineralization https://t.co/d3zZ8rpvGJ https://t.co/ZfuqdTEHXm

@eshipatcornell

Comake (@LifeChangingLab & @CornelleLab startup) & @the_travelsee from @Cornell selected semi-finals of @StartupMad… https://t.co/DeFnYFeQRx

@cornellnetwork

CEN is returning to South Florida! We're coming to Miami on January 31st. Don't miss this great networking... https://t.co/O5smPaKdmh

@CU_TechTransfer

Associate Director for Technology Licensing-Life Sciences, Phil Owh, discusses the tech transfer process now in Wei… https://t.co/Ili1FpeuYE

@CU_TechTransfer

Join us in Weill Hall, Room 226 at 12PM for IP & Pizza™ The Inventor's Role: Understanding the Tech Transfer Process!

@AtkinsonCenter

Meet @Cornell's @TobyAult, atmospheric scientist & megadrought specialist #facesofsustainability #climatechange https://t.co/Crjwl78sJg

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @CurrentCastBlog: Senior Environmental Corps: turning senior citizens into #citizenscientists. ✓out the program @NatureAbounds… https://t.co/yKtA028FJm

@AtkinsonCenter

Applications due Jan 16 for @AtkinsonCenter Faculty Fellowship for Social Sciences, Humanities, & the Arts @Cornell https://t.co/cVfncPbmJf

@cornellnetwork

Congratulations to Karim Abouelnaga '13, Founder & CEO, Practice Makes Perfect! He has been selected as a TED... https://t.co/Z80Zn8Uvrp

@cornellnetwork

In case you missed this viral video this weekend, see Brendon Gauthier's reaction when he finds out he's been... https://t.co/5P5RkIjZMg

@cornellnetwork

Exciting news for Cornell-founded, Wellington & Cromwell! Their gear will be carried by Josh Gates, host of... https://t.co/JT0yXQhG4k

Entrepreneurship impacting communities

Most entrepreneurs focus on what they bring to market. Instead, what's critical is deeply understanding the customer opportunity. Tom Schryver, Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Management, Johnson Read More
Active Cornell startups <span class='sm'>& growing</span>
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Active Cornell startups & growing
Startup funding raised
$3.9B
Startup funding raised

Forbes ranks Cornell as having the fourth-largest percentage (among U.S. universities) of students and alumni who self-identify as company founders and business owners.

Academic programs, mentors, and campus resources support student entrepreneurs to help make their startup dreams a reality. Alumni who began their business ventures at Cornell are creating jobs, stimulating the economy, and providing a variety of services, products, and experiences that affect change around the world.

Ithaca High grads pursue startup dream

Jasper White and Hunter Hartshorne Co-founders, Hillside Hydro

Learn about their entrepreneurship path

Changing how consumers define fresh foods

Chris Kirby Hotel '16 Founder and president, Ithaca Hummus

Meet the new food entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs gather for Cornell-hosted summit in NYC

Entrepreneurs gather for Cornell-hosted summit in NYC

Physical stature as a teen could predict future stock choices

Physical stature as a teen could predict future stock choices

Admissions Underway for First Class on New Cornell Tech Campus

Admissions Underway for First Class on New Cornell Tech Campus

Scangos: Powerful medicine, not profit, is top biotech priority

Scangos: Powerful medicine, not profit, is top biotech priority

'NutriPhone' startup joins Cornell's McGovern incubator

'NutriPhone' startup joins Cornell's McGovern incubator

Programs empower women farmers around the world

Blau leads research on immigration's U.S. economic impact

Forum tackles issues facing next-generation agriculture

Forum tackles issues facing next-generation agriculture

Real Estate Council conference to explore the 'new normal'

Entrepreneurs celebrate two new co-working spaces

Entrepreneurs celebrate two new co-working spaces

NSF grant to fund entrepreneurial growth, innovation

How winning teams navigate conflict to stay on course

How winning teams navigate conflict to stay on course

Johnson, Weill Cornell Medicine launch dual MBA/M.S.

ISS project to study economics, politics of China urbanization

ISS project to study economics, politics of China urbanization

Uganda project puts focus on gender equality in agriculture

Uganda project puts focus on gender equality in agriculture

Prasad: Despite yuan's meteoric rise, dollar will dominate

Johnson to offer master's degree in accounting in 2017

Johnson to offer master's degree in accounting in 2017

Student-developed drink Yojito 'pops' in national competition

Student-developed drink Yojito 'pops' in national competition

Doctoral student uncovers birth of inequality on Cyprus

Rev Demo Day offers showcase for budding entrepreneurs

Rev Demo Day offers showcase for budding entrepreneurs

Communication flow key to long-distance collaboration

Communication flow key to long-distance collaboration

College of Business dean ranks most innovative nations

High schoolers create business ideas at summer boot camp

High schoolers create business ideas at summer boot camp

Frank: Luck looms larger in success than most of us think

Frank: Luck looms larger in success than most of us think

Political savviness is key to moving business agendas

Vineyard cover crops save expense, environment

Vineyard cover crops save expense, environment

Female entrepreneurs can say 'show me the money' a little louder

Blue-collar training in high school leaves young women behind

Blue-collar training in high school leaves young women behind

eHub opens doors to first set of student entrepreneurs

eHub opens doors to first set of student entrepreneurs

Economics professor Tapan Mitra gives back to students

Economics professor Tapan Mitra gives back to students

Indian cotton supply chain benefits traders, hurts farmers

Indian cotton supply chain benefits traders, hurts farmers

Edward McLaughlin named interim dean of the Dyson School

Edward McLaughlin named interim dean of the Dyson School

Icon, innovator, dean feted at eighth annual SHA awards dinner

Icon, innovator, dean feted at eighth annual SHA awards dinner

Lean, mean, startup machines: The pros & cons of bootstrapping your startup

Lean, mean, startup machines: The pros & cons of bootstrapping your startup

Cornell joins call to up fed investment in agricultural research

Business college will launch July 1; 'quick wins' on tap for 2016

Business college will launch July 1; 'quick wins' on tap for 2016

Campus charisma emerges through Cornell Tech students

Campus charisma emerges through Cornell Tech students

Accounting scholar Mark Nelson named dean of Johnson

Accounting scholar Mark Nelson named dean of Johnson

6 Ph.D. students learn to commercialize their research

6 Ph.D. students learn to commercialize their research

MBA grads celebrate with high-fives, friends and family

MBA grads celebrate with high-fives, friends and family

Cornell Tech Open Studio brims with cutting-edge ideas

Cornell Tech Open Studio brims with cutting-edge ideas

Farm Ops initiative opens new fields to veterans

Farm Ops initiative opens new fields to veterans

Kate Walsh is interim dean of School of Hotel Administration

Kate Walsh is interim dean of School of Hotel Administration

New library shelves 3,400 bottles of wine

New library shelves 3,400 bottles of wine

Food science seniors sweeten flourishing businesses

Food science seniors sweeten flourishing businesses

Students promote new entrepreneur resource

Students promote new entrepreneur resource

$25M gift supports new MBA center in Collegetown

$25M gift supports new MBA center in Collegetown

Dutta: Planning for College of Business is 'on track'

Dutta: Planning for College of Business is 'on track'

Boots on the farm: helping veterans access agribusiness

Boots on the farm: helping veterans access agribusiness

School lunch subsidy could boost local farms, economies

Huttenlocher gives update on Cornell Tech campus

Huttenlocher gives update on Cornell Tech campus

New toolkit clarifies agricultural economic assessment

'Emotional' work toughest in compensating victims

'Emotional' work toughest in compensating victims

Fashion meets function with Cornell smart fabrics

Fashion meets function with Cornell smart fabrics

Alumna Lynn Ross details career path to housing policymaker

Alumna Lynn Ross details career path to housing policymaker

Cattle initiative to beef up Southern Tier agriculture

Cattle initiative to beef up Southern Tier agriculture

Equine Design wins Student Business of the Year by a nose

Equine Design wins Student Business of the Year by a nose

Students pitch business ideas at Celebration events

Students pitch business ideas at Celebration events

Pillsbury: Success for entrepreneurs stems from courage, balance

Pillsbury: Success for entrepreneurs stems from courage, balance

CCE helps breweries and cideries hone their craft

CCE helps breweries and cideries hone their craft

How Cornell Tech is rethinking healthcare

How Cornell Tech is rethinking healthcare

Cornell, partners seek to revolutionize textile industry

Cornell, partners seek to revolutionize textile industry

Business competitions highlight student ideas

Business competitions highlight student ideas

Celebration draws Cornellian business leaders April 14-15

Celebration draws Cornellian business leaders April 14-15

Engaged Cornell graduate grants fund 10 Ph.D. students

Engaged Cornell graduate grants fund 10 Ph.D. students

Tech, CUNY & Verizon announce new initiative

Tech, CUNY & Verizon announce new initiative

Pre-Seed Workshop helps turn scientists into entrepreneurs

Pre-Seed Workshop helps turn scientists into entrepreneurs

$4.8 million USAID grant to improve food security

$4.8 million USAID grant to improve food security

Economy drives the 2016 presidential election, alum says

Economy drives the 2016 presidential election, alum says

Performance rankings affect worker effort: researchers

Performance rankings affect worker effort: researchers

4 Tips on Recruiting an Engineering Team in New York City

4 Tips on Recruiting an Engineering Team in New York City

Durland lecturer: Diversify skills, experiences to lead

Durland lecturer: Diversify skills, experiences to lead

Union Days speaker: ‘there are no jobs on a dead planet’

Union Days speaker: ‘there are no jobs on a dead planet’

Sparking Ithaca's startup economy, Rev wins award

Sparking Ithaca's startup economy, Rev wins award

$24M grant aims to combat global wheat crop threats

$24M grant aims to combat global wheat crop threats

Grant benefits female farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

Grant benefits female farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

Women MBA students host NYC Johnson tech conference

Women MBA students host NYC Johnson tech conference

Kotlikoff to alumni: 'Look forward at what we’re trying to create'

ILR School research finds persistent gender pay gap

ILR School research finds persistent gender pay gap

Design ingenuity cures health care building energy waste

Design ingenuity cures health care building energy waste

School of Hotel Administration ranked No. 1 in world

School of Hotel Administration ranked No. 1 in world

Managing director named for Blackstone LaunchPad

Managing director named for Blackstone LaunchPad

Passion, engineering combine for first-time entrepreneur

Passion, engineering combine for first-time entrepreneur

High schoolers beat undergrads, grads at Make-a-thon

High schoolers beat undergrads, grads at Make-a-thon

High-tech etcher unveiled at Cornell NanoScale facility

High-tech etcher unveiled at Cornell NanoScale facility

Key to success of business college will be integrating faculty

Key to success of business college will be integrating faculty

New desktop-sterilization device disinfects cell phones

New desktop-sterilization device disinfects cell phones

Conference rallies, supports women entrepreneurs

Conference rallies, supports women entrepreneurs

State competition seeks clean-energy businesses

State competition seeks clean-energy businesses

Center for Materials Research grants aid New York companies

Transformative Action center honored for innovation

Transformative Action center honored for innovation

Cornellians to share scientific studies at AAAS meeting

Cornellians to share scientific studies at AAAS meeting

Public rice genomic resources help breeders

Public rice genomic resources help breeders

Johnson, Info Sci launch business-tech immersion program

Johnson, Info Sci launch business-tech immersion program

Cornell to establish an integrated College of Business

Cornell to establish an integrated College of Business

Leland Pillsbury named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016

Leland Pillsbury named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016

Students participate in urban forum in Indonesia

Students participate in urban forum in Indonesia

Innovation grant supports sustainable textile making

Innovation grant supports sustainable textile making

Johnson Dean Dutta explores innovation at Davos