UC Davis Today: Providing knowledge and networks for innovation

Andrew Hargadon against a wall

Providing knowledge and networks for innovation

Andrew Hargadon knows a thing or two about what it really takes to innovate.

As the founding director of two key centers at UC Davis — the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center — Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship. As he sees it, networking — mixing bright people with novel ideas — is at the heart of innovation.

“Entrepreneurs build networks that didn’t exist before,” Hargadon says. “As one of the most diverse research campuses in the world, located in one of the most vibrant economic regions in the world, UC Davis is an ideal place to host these centers. Few places offer such opportunities to pioneer new research, innovations and commercialization.”

With faculty members like Hargadon, UC Davis is preparing students to approach business challenges creatively and collaboratively. Read more about student innovators and entrepreneurs, and how Hargadon is involved in spurring start-up growth in the Davis area.

(Andrew Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and a professor of technology management at the Graduate School of Management. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

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