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Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI)

Food and Bio-Innovation

Cluster Contact

Mark A. Gagnon
Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar, Entrepreneurship Coordinator
College of Agricultural Sciences

About the Food and Bio-Innovation Cluster

Total number of credits in this cluster: 9

The Food and Bio-Innovation (F&BI) cluster helps student develop as entrepreneurs and innovators in the agriculture and life sciences space. This cluster emphasizes new thinking to apply solutions to:

  • Bolstering food supply-quality
  • Human/animal health
  • Agricultural security
  • Renewable energy
  • Renewable materials
  • Biological processes

Entrepreneurial and innovative action is needed for the wise and sustainable use of biological materials and natural resources (plants, animals, ecosystems and organisms, etc.) to meet the material and energy needs of society. In summary, this cluster focuses on the cornerstone challenge in agriculture: producing food and energy for the world.

Students select courses in the cluster that complement their personal new product and venture interests. The courses are immersive learning experiences, including mentoring with seasoned entrepreneurs, working within entrepreneurial organizations, and with innovative faculty.

Students who complete this cluster develop and skills and knowledge in six areas:

  • Identifying and assessing the feasibility of opportunities for entrepreneurism and innovation within agriculture
  • Organizing and marshal resources to act upon an opportunity
  • Developing professional networks, collaborative skills, and work team skills
  • Practicing leadership in peer-influence environments, as well as development of skills from leaders in practice and academics
  • Using adaptive logic and poised to tap into their own creative abilities with problem solving in high paced/uncertain environments
  • Communicating and proactively dealing with conflict and failure, utilizing well-established ethical frameworks and experience character development

Preferred Sequence of Courses for the Cluster

After completing MGMT215 and ENGR310, students taking the Food and Bio-Innovation cluster pick 9 credits from the approved course list.  At least three courses in this cluster must be 400-level courses. To conclude the minor, students take the final core course: MGMT/ENGR/IST 425.

To meet the prerequisite requirement for MGMT/IST/ENGR 425, you must take one of the following:

  • ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • Both ECON 014 Principles of Economics and CAS 100 Effective Speech

Food and Bio-Innovation Course Options