Our Innovative Team

Our dedicated team builds on decades of diverse food and ag experience to provide entrepreneurs with the innovative solutions and industry connections they need to grow.

We’ve helped clients access millions of dollars in capital, brokered value added partnerships, connected food companies with sustainably sourced products from Empire State farmers and growers and moved products from home kitchens to the shelves of major retailers. Whether you are just starting out or looking to expand, our team is ready to help you reach your goals.

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Catharine Young

Executive Director, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Cornell Institute for Food Systems Faculty Fellow

Food Science

Catharine Young
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Ed Maguire

Business Development Specialist, NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Ed Maguire
  • ejm328 [at] cornell.edu
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Bruno Xavier

Associate Director of the Cornell Food Venture Center

Cornell AgriTech

Senior Extension Associate

Food Science

Bruno Xavier
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Derek Simmonds

Business Development Specialist; NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Derek Simmonds
  • dcs285 [at] cornell.edu
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Sarah Meyer

Project Manager, NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Sarah Meyer
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Carrie Carmenatty

Marketing and Development Specialist; NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Carrie Carmenatty
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Kailey Maloy

Administrative Assistant III, NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Kailey Maloy
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Yolanda Adwoa

Business Development Specialist; NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Cornell AgriTech

Yolanda Adwoa