Campus Innovation Centers

Yale Entrepreneurial Institute: The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute is a university department that helps entrepreneurs and innovators at Yale start scalable new ventures with education, expert guidance, mentorship, funding, opportunities for collaboration and acceleration.

Highlights include: Innovation Series workshops, Lean Startup Education, Office Hours, Entrepreneurs in Residence, the Venture Creation Program, Venture Creation Consultants, Venture Creation Advisors, the YEI Fellowship, the Mentor Program and the YEI Innovation Fund.

Office of Cooperative Research: The Office of Cooperative Research manages a significant portfolio of intellectual property and has grown into an engine of regional economic development. Its mission is to facilitate the translation of research from Yale’s labs into products and services that benefit society. OCR is recognized as a leading force for catalyzing economic growth by identifying early-stage technologies, creating and nurturing startup companies to grow those technologies, and guiding their transition into robust companies.

Highlights include: Office Hours, Patent Advice, Licensing Expertise, Corporate Partnerships, Startup Assistance, Sponsored Research Agreements, BioHaven Series, Biotech Entrepreneur Bootcamp.

Center for Engineering Innovation and Design: Membership with the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) grants access to innovating equipment and technology like laser cutters, 3D printers, and machine shops. Members can sign up for special and recurring workshops and training sessions that take place in the CEID.

Highlights include: Workshops, Makerbot Training, Laser Cutter Training, Machine Shop Training, CEID Wednesday Night Event Series, Hackathons, and the CEID Summer Fellowship.

The Yale University Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology: CBIT is an interdisciplinary initiative to foster greater innovation in medical technology. It is a consortium of engineers, clinicians, businesspeople, industry and entrepreneurs working together to identify unmet needs, form teams, connect to mentors, and achieve pilot funding, all with the goal of improving patient care.

Highlights include:  Clinician Pitch Nights, Workshops and Speaker Series, Healthcare Hackathons, Biomedical Innovation Coursework including MENG404/BENG404 (Medical Device Design and Innovation) and MGT657 (Creating Healthcare Ventures), and Seed Funding for Proof of Concept Work.

Center for Business and the Environment at Yale: CBEY provides a platform for generating, incubating and launching innovative action at the intersection of business and the environment convening diverse resources and skillsets from across the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  

Highlights include: Faculty Research Grants, Sabin Prize, Sabotka Collaborative Research Grant, Sabotka Seed Stage Venture Grants, Alcoa Leadership in Municipal Recycling Program, Sabin Program, Solar Decathlon, WWF Internship Partnership, Yale GreenLight.

InnovateHealth Yale: InnovateHealth Yale is a group of Yale faculty, program directors and students focused on using the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to promote health and prevent disease. Based at the Yale School of Public Health, IHY partners with leading organizations for innovation on campus. Its focus is on students—providing skills, making connections, helping to prepare the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

Highlights include: Health Hackathons, InnovateHealth Yale Sponsored Internships for Undergraduates and YSPH Students, the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education, and Global Social Venture Creation awards.

School of Management Program on Entrepreneurship: SOM’s Program on Entrepreneurship manages Yale SOM’s curriculum in entrepreneurship, resources to support SOM founders and various extracurricular events that contribute to Yale’s culture of entrepreneurship.

Highlights include: Entrepreneurship courses in market verticals including software and the life sciences; speakers; support for five post-graduation Entrepreneurial Fellows annually.

Yale Center for Clinical Investigation: YCCI fosters the translation of disease-related discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic and then into the community to improve the care and outcome for patients locally and worldwide.

Highlights include: YCCI Scholars program for junior faculty members; grant funding support; pilot awards in translational interdisciplinary research, novel methodologies, core technologies, biostatistics/bioinformatics and community-based research; research collaborations.

Yale West Campus: Yale West Campus provides extensive shared facilities to enhance the research, education and conservation efforts of Yale University. Experts from diverse disciplines across Yale work side by side using innovative technologies to address important issues in science, art conservation, health, energy and the environment.

Highlights include: Seven institutes, including: Chemical Biology, Cancer Biology, Nanobiology, Systems Biology, Microbial Sciences, Energy Sciences and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; five core facilities that power scientific research across Yale; Yale School of Nursing; the West Campus Urban Farm, serving community, research, and teaching; West Campus Conference Center, a major resource for Yale departmental meetings, symposia, retreats, and conferences of all sizes.

Yale University Library has assembled terrific resources for anyone at Yale interested in entrepreneurship—from market research and funding databases to recommended books. Check out:

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