Expertise

Yale Innovation Mentor Network

The Yale Innovation Mentor Network taps the Yale alumni and regional networks to create a robust, engaged circle of more than 150 experienced founders and senior executives who can advise growing student startups. This Mentor Network is one of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s leading resources and provides invaluable connections to university startups. Through practical, results-driven mentoring, teams learn how to move their ideas to the marketplace—how to hone products or services, identify markets, build networks and seek funding. Mentors are selected for their expertise in business formation and operations and for their skills as advisors and have wide-ranging fields of expertise, including engineering, computer science, biotech, clean tech, chemical, pharmaceutical, venture capital, law, marketing and digital media. Students and faculty involved in the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Venture Creation Program and YEI Fellowship are all paired with mentors. CONTACT: Priscila Bala, Director of the Yale Innovation Mentor Network, priscila.bala@yale.edu.

Entrepreneurs In Residence

Entrepreneurs in Residence are industry experts who provide guidance to Yale students and faculty entrepreneurs, meeting one-on-one with them to discuss strategy and best practices. Current EIRs include Susan Froshauer, the President and CEO of Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) assisting biotech teams; Ron Lennox, partner at Alia Ventures who advises biotech teams; John Dexheimer, the president of LightWave Advisors, Inc. who lends expertise to teams with an engineering background; Patrick Struebi, the founder of Fairtrasa, who provides guidance to teams developing for-profit, mission-driven companies; and Tom Jasinski (’78) and Richard Hunt (SOM ’81) who provide marketing insight and guidance to teams considering applications to YEI’s Venture Creation Program. CONTACT: Erika Smith, Deputy Director of YEI, erika.smith@yale.edu.

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