The 5th Annual Innovation Summit Projected to be the Largest One to Date

New Haven, CT –– With exactly 100 days until the 2019 Yale Innovation Summit, registration is now open and the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) is actively working to produce the largest summit to date for the event’s 5th year anniversary.

The Innovation Summit has become one of the largest and fastest growing venture events in New England. Last year more than 1,000 people convened – that number was comprised of more than 500 Yale researchers and entrepreneurs and 500 industry partners, venture capitalists, and representatives from leading corporations looking for the next breakthroughs.

The 2018 Summit boasted an increase to attendance, participation from venture capitalists and some of OCR’s most engaging panels yet. This year, with a third track for presentations by early and mid-stage ventures, we can accommodate another 100 attendees, but tickets are limited and will go fast, so early registration is strongly advised.

OCR has added two “Shark Tank” style pitch contests with $35K in prizes, an e-poster contest with 70 contestants vying for $3,000 in prizes, and the  presentation of the coveted Blavatnik Awards for Innovation at Yale totaling $2.4 million to accelerate commercialization of high value Yale discoveries.

Since the beginning, the Yale Innovation Summit has been a citadel of innovation, networking and collaboration at Yale.  It even offers researchers a unique opportunity to showcase their projects and findings while also potentially finding investors for their work.

“The Innovation Summit has become one of the biggest gathering of venture investors in the Northeast,” said Bill Wiesler, Director of New Ventures, Director of Blavatnik Fund. ”Not only do they get to see nearly 100 investment opportunities with Yale researchers, but they also get to network and share ideas with industry leaders and other investors from around the globe. This year’s event will be even bigger, with a third track of presentations running throughout the day by later stage companies in Connecticut.”

Keynote speakers at the Innovation summit have included some of the world’s most successful investors (eg., Gerald Chan of Morningside Ventures and Yibing Wu of Temasek) and some of the all-time most successful entrepreneurial biotech scientists on the planet:  Arie Beldegrun, Founder of Agensys, Cougar, and Kite (which he sold in 2017 for $11.9 Billion), George Yancopoulos, Founder and CSO of Regeneron, grew company to $40+ billion market cap with 6 FDA approved products, and Jonathan Rothberg, Founder of Curagen, 454 Life Sciences, Raindance, and Butterfly Network.    

Complimentary registration is available for Yale faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.

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