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Yale Innovation Summit 2021

              Entrepreneurs IGNITE

A Virtual Experience

Highlighting entrepreneurial Yale faculty and students and the investable innovations coming out of Yale labs

Watch highlights from previous events
Live Pitches
100+ Partnering Opportunities
$50K+ in Prizes
$2.5M in Blavatnik Funding


The Yale Innovation Summit is the largest entrepreneurship event on campus, and the largest gathering of venture capital investors in Connecticut. Over 100 startups founded by Yale biotech and tech innovators are joined by top ventures from around the state to pitch their ideas in a ”Shark Tank” format to prospective industry partners and investors. The Yale Innovation Summit offers unparalleled networking, education, and inspiration to the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem.  


Tuesday - May 18th, 2021

Wednesday - May 19th, 2021

Thursday - May 20th, 2021

Friday - May 21st, 2021

Pitch Video Showcase

***Calling all Tech and Biotech Innovators***

The PITCH VIDEO SHOWCASE offers a premier opportunity to showcase your breakthrough technologies and/or startups to a large number of interested investors and industry leaders, through both video recordings and a Pitch Deck. Attendees will be able to view your pitch package, connect directly with you via email, and schedule 1-on-1 meetings.  

OVER $50K in prizes will be given out! 

The 50 best PITCH VIDEO SHOWCASE submittals will receive $250 awards! 

Additionally, Innovators selected to pitch live will compete for over $40K in CASH prizes in front of industry judges. 

We are seeking pitches from Yale Innovators and Connecticut Innovations’ portfolio companies. Additionally, in an effort to support collaboration and to foster additional connections, consideration will be extended to Yale alumni or community startups with tech or biotech innovations.

Your entry automatically qualifies you to be considered for one of the LIVE SUMMIT PITCH spots. If selected to pitch live, you will be notified by April 16, 2021. 

Entries are due by midnight Wednesday March 31st.

To create your PITCH VIDEO SHOWCASE pitch package, you will be asked to:     

  • Answer a series of short questions about your technology or startup that creates an executive summary of your project.
  • Attach your non-confidential Pitch Deck in.pdf format, that can be pitched in 5 minutes. 
  • Create and upload a 30 second Video recording “Elevator Pitch” that quickly introduces you and your idea to investors.
  • Create and upload a 5-minute Video recording of you pitching your pitch deck.





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General questions? Contact the Innovation Summit team at