The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) is a university department that helps entrepreneurs and innovators at Yale start scalable new ventures with programs, workshops, events and funding. YEI is leading the effort to expand entrepreneurship opportunities across Yale and to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Haven, Connecticut, through partnerships with Yale’s schools, student innovation centers and with local entrepreneurship centers and business partners.
YEI offers year-round services to student entrepreneurs to develop and launch their businesses, including the Venture Creation Program for nurturing early-stage startups, the Technology Commercialization Program for forming faculty-student startups around cutting-edge research and the competitive 10-week Summer Fellowship where teams are given the funding, tools and connections to launch viable businesses by the summer’s end. YEI’s Tech Bootcamp teaches coding to students, while the YEI Consultants and VC Advisors programs provide hands-on business training and mentorship to graduate and professional school students supporting emerging ventures. Ventures that come through YEI programs are also eligible to apply for up to $100,000 through the YEI Innovation Fund.
There are currently 100 active YEI companies that have raised over $79 million in funding and created over 300 jobs.