Industry Partnerships

The Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management program offers businesses of all sizes opportunities to partner with faculty and graduate students to advance your core objectives. There is a range of options.

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Ways to Partner With Our Program

Initial Touch Points

  • Attend a business networking event at Spur, like the Ag Innovators of Colorado
  • Give a guest lecture or seminar
  • Host a student tour of your operations


Get Engaged

  • Serve as a project advisor
  • Judge a pitch competition
  • Serve as an “Entrepreneur in Residence”

Give Back

  • Scholarships for general, rural, ethnically diverse or inner-city Denver students
  • Named places within Spur
  • Cash prize for pitch competitions

Partner on a Practicum Subject

  • Submit your idea
  • Engage a student team for 12 months
  • Explore and develop your idea at low cost
  • Not a long-term commitment
  • Access new resources and expertise
  • Work with and evaluate students as potential recruits

Learn more on our Practicum Projects page


Innovate, Recruit, and Grow

  • Leverage practicum project outcomes within your business
  • Recruit skilled team members
  • Raise your profile as an innovative company within Denver’s world class innovation cluster
  • Build valuable business relationships with other innovative companies
  • Retain your best and brightest employees by supporting their study in the Ag & Food Innovation Management program

Our Key Point of Contact

Laston Charriez
Adjunct Professor and Industry Liaison, Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management

Related Innovation Resources at CSU Spur

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The Food Innovation Center

Utilize USDA inspected food pilot labs to develop your new meat, dairy, or produce product at CSU Spur. Host a promotional event or test formulations of your new food product in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. Test food product appeal with a sensory panel. Ask about business development support and other resources specialized for food entrepreneurs.

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The Ag Innovation Center

Locate your agtech startup in office or co-working space alongside likeminded innovative entrepreneurs at CSU Spur. Lease private or shared wet lab space. Ask about business development support and other resources specialized for agtech entrepreneurs.