Resource Guide

Yale Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit

The Yale Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit is an event tailored to Yale innovators to encourage the sharing of new discoveries and technologies with market potential with the broader investment community. The event includes the Biotech Bootcamp, aimed at those interested in commercializing ideas for drug discovery and biological therapeutics, and the Tech Bootcamp, for those interested in commercializing ideas from the physical and computer sciences, engineering, software and services. In both cases, the emphasis is on developing fundable ideas and taking an entrepreneurial approach to getting pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists to engage. Annual event is held in May and includes keynote speakers, pitchoffs and a poster session with internal workshops and pitchoffs leading up to the event.

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,

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,

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:

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology: CCAT is a nonprofit corporation leading regional and national partnerships to help manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations innovate and excel.

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development: CT DECD is the state’s lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly-changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education and arts and culture.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center: A nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services consistent with state strategies, leveraging Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location.

Connecticut Innovations: CI is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies. With the addition of their Small Business Innovation Team in 2009 and their merger with the Connecticut Development Authority—the state’s lender—in 2012, CI now proudly serves great Connecticut companies, no matter what stage of growth they’re in.

CT Technology Council: The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies.

Connecticut United for Research Excellence: CURE serves as the bioscience cluster of Connecticut, a diverse community of small and large life and healthcare sciences companies. Universities, government agencies, scientists, educators, mentors, students, entrepreneurs, business experts, service providers and investors join in to form the breadth of the network. As participants in CURE, we educate, cultivate entrepreneurship, support the build of bioscience companies and collaborate to ensure a sustainable, high-value bioscience and healthcare community that improves our quality of life and keeps the Connecticut community strong.

Crossroads Venture Group: The Crossroads Venture Group (CVG) is a voluntary professional organization that is committed to connecting leading Venture Investment Professionals with high-growth emerging companies. Their mission is to assist the development of these high-growth enterprises through the promotion of capital formation in Connecticut.

Economic Development Corporation of New Haven: The EDC of New Haven is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to business and economic development within the city of New Haven, CT.  EDC’s mission is to enhance the thriving business environment in New Haven by securing and expanding the City’s diverse business base, attracting new businesses and additional capital investment, as well as by retaining and attracting a diverse workforce and intellectual capital.

Elm Street Ventures: Elm Street Ventures is a seed and early stage venture fund based in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University is our largest investor. While our emphasis is on the life sciences, with approximately 70% of our investments to date in companies developing therapeutics, laboratory tools, diagnostics, medical devices, and other health care related products and services, we are also active investors in software, materials, sustainable technology, and other industries.

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce: The mission of The Greater New Haven Chamber is to provide unrivaled partner services and lead regional economic growth through bold and effective advocacy.