Graduate and Professional School Student Programs


OCR offers opportunities for graduate and professional school students to participate on multidisciplinary teams that provide strategy and leadership assistance for new ventures and/or other licensing opportunities in the area of business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation, marketing plan development, and other similar areas.

Selected students will be designated as a Blavatnik Associate, a Canaan-Yale Fellow, or an OCR Venture Creation Asoociate during the selection process, based on candidate’s experience and program needs. Students will receive unparalleled entrepreneurial experience and access to top-tier mentors in the industry.

Commitment & Expectations:

  • Project Work: ~40 hours/semester for both semesters, regular communication and feedback with teams, mentors and/or OCR staff
  • $750 stipend/semester; awarded at the end of each semester for completion of work
  • Serve as a steward of OCR: help promote and support entrepreneurial opportunities at university events        

Dates for 2019-2020 Application Cycle

Applications Open: August 5, 2019 
Applications Close: September 20, 2019
Rolling Candidate Interviews: September 16-20, 2019
Applicants Notified: September 30, 2019
Programs Begin: ~ October 15, 2019

Blavatnik Associates

Blavatnik Associates are graduate and professional school students at Yale chosen through a competitive application process who will help provide both technical and business insights around faculty innovations being considered for support by the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation. The Blavatnik Fund supports Yale faculty in the commercialization of applied research and technology in the life sciences. Working in close conjunction with OCR staff, entrepreneurs-in-residence and Blavatnik Fellows, Associates will work in small teams to help identify the most promising projects in healthcare. 

2019-20 Blavatnik Associates

Sol (Maria) Bernardez Sarria

Henry Chan

Jun Chen

Aneysis Gonzalez

Tyler Goodard

Katrina Ong

Vatsal Patel

Tessa Saraswati

Canaan-Yale Fellows

Canaan-Yale Fellows are select graduate and professional school students at Yale who work in multidisciplinary teams to provide strategy and leadership around startups in Canaan Partner’s portfolio. Canaan Partners is a $4B global venture capital firm focused on seed and early-stage technology. Students are divided into two multidisciplinary teams to provide strategy and leadership around startups in Canaan’s portfolio. This opportunity is particularly geared to grad students in the biological sciences as well as medical school students with strong backgrounds in the life sciences. Students commit to: participating for one academic year for 40 hours per semester. Students receive: Education and direction for engagement from Canaan as they work with two projects in the fall and two in the spring, as well as a stipend. Students who complete the program will then have the opportunity to explore projects focused on select Yale research.

2019-20 Canaan-Yale Fellows

Shanique Alabi

Raj Basak

Anna (Ya-Na) Chen

Minsoo Khang

Lisa McLean

Michael Murphy

Nandan Pandit

Renee Wasko

Yale Accelerator for Innovation Development (Y-AID) Fellows

Y-AID Fellows are graduate and professional school students who provide business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation and marketing plan development under the direction of the OCR new venture group with input from expert venture mentors and entrepreneurs-in-residence.

2019-20 Y-AID Fellows

Allison Butt

Joseph Fowler

Jessica Freeze

Sam Levine

Colleen Lopez

Koen Vanderschuren

Marley Windham-Herman

Sean Mackay (SOM ’14) and Kara Brower (YC ’13)Technology Commercialization Program

Entrepreneurial graduate students with deep business skills and a desire to become a co-founder of a new technology venture are encouraged to consider this highly unique path. A small cohort (4-6 individuals) will be selected in the early fall, and subsequently invited to attend private pitch sessions with participating Yale faculty innovators. Students will be able to survey the field, as well as to meet individually with faculty to discuss possible synergies and possible routes-to-market. Student/faculty teams will work together through the fall and winter terms, to assess their compatibility and viability of founding a venture, without obligation of continuing beyond the academic year.

Read more about our graduate and professional student opportunities

If you have additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Megan Woods.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017