Support for Yale Student Innovators

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Yale Startup Guide

A guide for how to turn your big idea into a new venture through available programs and resources at Yale.

YEI Venture Creation Program

Students and faculty receive $1,000 to advance their early-stage venture ideas, along with mentorship, access to corporate partners and consultants and workspace at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Global Social Venture are eligible for additional funding with support from InnovateHealth Yale.

Sabotka Research Fund

Up to five seed-stage venture grants of $5,000 each are awarded to student and faculty creating competitive commercial enterprises that market viable products, services and projects that have environmental benefits to society.

YEI Fellowship

Students and student-faculty teams receive $15,000, mentorship, Lean Startup education, access to speakers and trips, dedicated workspace at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and pitching experience, bringing their startups ready to launch by the end of the 10-week summer program.

Sabin Prize

The Sabin Prize supports student and faculty efforts to start a sustainable for-profit business through cash prizes totaling $25,000.

Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health

$25,000 to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health. 

Miller Prize

The Miller Prize is a $25,000 entrepreneurship prize for a student venture in tech or tech-enabled services with special consideration for ventures with a social impact. The prize is administered by the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and supported by Brian Miller, Chief Investment Officer of North Sound Partners and member of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Advisory Council. The Miller Prize was created to galvanize new ventures at Yale in technology areas with proven venture potential and provide these ventures support and guidance to grow and attract new investment. Finalists present pitches at the Entrepreneurship Across Yale event on April 21, 2017. Winners receive automatic acceptance into the YEI Fellowship to further develop their venture.Venture Creation Program cohorts (VCP deadlines: Sept. 25, Oct. 30 and Feb. 26). Winner receives $25,000: $15,000 toward a YEI Fellowship (automatic acceptance) and $10,000 in working capital.

YEI Innovation Fund

Any ventures that have participated in programs at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 in funding through the YEI Innovation Fund—although preference is given to ventures that have come through the YEI Fellowship.