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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

About

The Yale Innovation Summit is the largest entrepreneurship event on campus, and the largest gathering of venture capital investors in Connecticut. Dozens of 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.  

PLEASE NOTE: Yale University Faculty, Students, and Staff are able to receive a free ticket to our event by registering with an official yale.edu email account and using promo code as follows:

On the very first screen after clicking the "Get Your Ticket" button - and before doing anything else - find the tiny blue words “Enter Promo Code” in the top left corner of the ticket order page. Click that link, enter YALE21 and then click apply. 

SEE WHY WHOOPI GOLDBERG IS GRATEFUL FOR INNOVATION

 

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Agenda

Tuesday - May 18th, 2021

PITCH DAY 1: BIOTECH - Pharmaceuticals & Biotherapeutics

AGENDA

  • Join early to see exhibitors, visit sponsor booths and network!
  • 1 - 2pm:
    • Welcome & pitch analysis with Yale Host and Judges 
    • Pitch Block 1
  • 2 - 3pm:
    • Halftime analysis with Yale Host and Judges 
    • Pitch Block 2
  • 3 - 3:30pm
    • Inside the Judges Chambers: Post-pitches analysis 
    • Q&A with the audience
    • Audience Choice Award for Block 1 and 2 are announced 
Kathrynn Doyle
Moderator 1
Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
David Harburger
Moderator 2
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Bill Wiesler headshot
Yale Host
Director of the Blavatnik Fund, Director of New Ventures
Yale University
Nilay Thakar headshot
Judge
Senior Associate
ARCH Venture Partners
Christine Brennan
Judge
Partner, MRL Ventures Fund
Merck
Carlo Rizzuto
Judge
Partner
Versant Ventures
Allyson Rinderle
Judge
Principal, Private Equity
KKR
Jason Hafler
Judge
Managing Director
Sanofi Ventures
Marian Nakada
Judge
Vice President, Venture Investments
JJDC
Deb Palestrant
Judge
Partner, Head of 4:59
5AM Ventures
Hingge Hsu
Judge
Partner
Nest.Bio Ventures
Brian Gallagher
Judge
Partner
Abingworth
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Judge
Founder
Omega Funds

 

Timothy Siegert headshot
Presenter
Allyx Therapeutics
Erika Smith
Presenter
ReNetx Bio
Paul Fonteyne
Presenter
Thyron Pharameuticals
Demetrios Braddock
Presenter
Net Therapeutics
Akansha Bhargava headshot
Presenter
Virtus Therapeutics
Gary Desir
Presenter
Bessor Pharma
Jack Talley
Presenter
Jack Talley
Mitotherapeutix
Colin Ng headshot
Presenter
AtlasXomics
Ashley Kalinauskas
Presenter
Torigen
Angelique Bordey headshot
Presenter
Pre-Clinical Candidate for Genetically-defined Seizure Orphan Disorders
Jimmy Rosen
Presenter
Artisan Biosciences
David Kolb.png
Presenter
David Kolb, M.B.A.
Petragen

Wednesday - May 19th, 2021

PITCH DAY 2: TECH - MedTech, Digital Health, Engineering & Software, Diagnostics

AGENDA

  • Join early to see exhibitors, visit sponsor booths and network!
  • 1 - 2pm:
    • Welcome & pitch analysis with Yale Host and Judges 
    • Pitch Block 1
  • 2 - 3pm:
    • Halftime analysis with Yale Host and Judges 
    • Pitch Block 2
  • 3 - 3:30pm
    • Inside the Judges Chambers: Post-pitches analysis 
    • Q&A with the audience
    • Audience Choice Award for Block 1 and 2 are announced 
Jermaine A. Brookshire Jr.
Moderator 1
Associate
Wiggin & Dana
Stephen Zamierowski
Moderator 2
Stephen "Zam" Zamierowski
Managing Director, Tech-Venture Center
Deloitte
Jim
Yale Host
Executive Director, Faculty Entrepreneurship Program
Yale University
Nancy Brown
Judge
General Partner
Oak HC/FT Bio
Dan Volz
Judge
Dan Volz, M.B.A.
Vice President, Americas
Medtronic
Marc Goldberg
Judge
Co-founder and Managing Partner
BioVentures Investors
Matt Buten
Judge
Managing Director
Foresite Capital
Marc Singer
Judge
Managing Partner, Technology
Osage University Partners
Jenny Rooke
Judge
Managing Director and Founder
Genoa Ventures
Bhasker Ghosh
Judge
Partner & CTO
8VC
Mary Canning
Judge
Principal
Epidarex
Chris McLeod
Judge
Managing Partner
Elm Street Ventures

 

Mike Theran headshot
Presenter
CoRISMA Inc.
Ons M'Saad
Presenter
Rohan Khera
Presenter
Evidence2Health
Ken Hu
Presenter
Ken Hu
Kindwell, Inc.
Thomas Wenchell
Presenter
Revmedica
Jun Chen
Presenter
Playbl, Inc.
Greg Tietjen
Presenter
Molecularly
Lauren Belliveau
Presenter
MindNest Health, Inc.
Kevin Rocco
Presenter
Biorez
Anjelica Gonzalez
Presenter
Aero Therapeutics
Alan Anticevic
Presenter
Manifest Sciences

Thursday - May 20th, 2021

PITCH DAY 3: BIOTECH - Oncology

AGENDA

  • Join early to see exhibitors, visit sponsor booths and network!
  • 1 - 2pm:
    • Welcome & pitch analysis with Yale Host and Judges 
    • Pitch Block 1
  • 2 - 3pm:
    • Halftime analysis with Yale Host and Judges 
    • Pitch Block 2
  • 3 - 3:30pm
    • Inside the Judges Chambers: Post-pitches analysis 
    • Q&A with the audience
    • Audience Choice Award for Block 1 and 2 are announced 
Julie Gionfriddo
Moderator 1
Director, Advisory Services
FML CPAs
Dormer Stephen
Moderator 2
Partner
Shipman & Goodwin
Morag
Yale Host
Sr. Associate Director Blavatnik Fund
Yale University
Alessandra Di Bacco
Judge
Partner
Takeda Ventures
Paul Young headshot
Judge
Paul Young, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Business Development & Licensing, Oncology
Merck
Kate Bingham
Judge
Managing Partner
SV Health Investors
Jill Carroll
Judge
Partner
SR One
Chau Khoung
Judge
Partner
OrbiMed Advisors
Laura Brass
Judge
Managing Director
Novartis Venture Fund
Colleen Cuffaro
Judge
Partner
Canaan
Jason Rhodes
Judge
Partner
Atlas Ventures
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Judge
Jenny Jing Wang, Ph.D.
AbbVie
Anna Turetsky
Judge
Principal, Venture Investments
The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

 

Bijan Almassian
Presenter
Carogen Corporation
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Presenter
RiboRupt
Ya Ha headshot
Presenter
Lkit Therapeutics
Martin Driscoll
Presenter
RigImmune, Inc.
Mustafa Khokha
Presenter
Small molecule inhibition of beta-catenin nuclear entry: a novel cancer target
Aaron Ring
Presenter
Simcha
Gloria Huang
Presenter
New Treatment Strategy for ARID1A-Mutated Cancers
John Swartley
Presenter
Implicyte
Kumar Ashtekar
Presenter
Sulabha Biopharmaceuticals
Philip Kong headshot
Presenter
Statera Therapeutics
Faye Rogers headshot
Presenter
Targeted Therapeutics for Cancers with Gene Amplification

Friday - May 21st, 2021

Final Day Wrap-Up & Awards Ceremony

Join early for bonus material

  • 12:00-12:55pm: Career Development Panel

Career Panel

John
Yale Host
Executive Director, Business Development
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
David Harburger
Panelist
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Suzanne Sobel
Panelist
Senior Manager, Medical Writing
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Rebecca Frey
Panelist
Chief Operating Officer
EvolveImmune Therapeutics
Anurag Agarwal
Panelist
Principal, Life Science
Osage University Partners
Amanda Hayward
Panelist
Head of Business Development
Rallybio

Expert Panels & Discussions

  • 1:00-1:55pm: New Haven: The Next Kendall Square
  • 2:00-2:55pm: Impact: Why we do what we do
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Awards Ceremony
  • 3:30-4:30pm: Special Innovation Summit Encore: Igniting Women Innovators

New Haven: The Next Kendall Square

Rob Bettigole.jpg
Moderator
Managing Partner
Elm Street Ventures
Carter Winstanley
Panelist
Principal
Winstanley Enterprises, LLC
Katie Rae
Panelist
CEO and Managing Partner
The Engine
Dawn Hocevar
Panelist
President & CEO
BioCT
John Houston
Panelist
President and Chief Executive Officer
Arvinas

Impact: Why we do what we do

Jim Reddoch
Moderator
Chief Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President and Co-Head, Research & Investments
Royalty Pharma
Vlad Coric
Panelist
Chief Executive Officer
Biohaven Pharmaceuticals
Graham Goodrich
Panelist
Sr. Vice President, Brand Marketing for Migraine and Common Disease
Biohaven Pharmaceuticals

Awards Ceremony & Blavatnik Announcements 

Mike Crair
Yale Host
Vice Provost for Research and William Ziegler III Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
Jon Soderstrom headshot
Yale Host
Managing Director
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
Bill
Yale Host
Director of New Ventures & of Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
Morag
Yale Host
Associate Director, Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
Daniel Wagner
Moderator
Senior Managing Director, Investments
CT Innovations

Special Innovation Summit Encore: Igniting Women Innovators

Susan Sobolov
Panelist
Chief Operating Officer
Caelum Biosciences
Erika Smith
Panelist
Chief Executive Officer
ReNetX Bio
Amy Millman
Panelist
President & Co-Founder
Springboard Enterprises
Nichole Mercier
Panelist
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Managing Director
Office of Technology Management at WUSTL
Sujuan Ba
Panelist
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
AIM-HI Accelerator Fund
MM 2
Yale Host
Communications Officer
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
Morag
Moderator
Sr. Associate Director, Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale
Yale Office of Cooperative Research

Pitch Video Showcase

***STILL OPEN FOR KEY PITCHING SPOTS***

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.  

As a participant, you will be exposed to at least 300-400 investors and corporate sponsors and is your best chance to be seen.

You don’t want to miss this!

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 InnovatorsConnecticut Innovations’ portfolio companies and Community startups. 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 late April.

ALL SHOWCASE ENTRIES ARE WELCOME UP UNTIL MAY 10th

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.

Recording Tips

  • Easiest way to record your 30 second elevator pitch is on your phone.
  • Easiest way to record your 5-minute pitch deck is to launch a zoom meeting, select the record button, share your screen with your pitch deck, and pitch
TUTORIAL VIDEOS

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PITCH PACKAGE

WHAT YOUR PITCH PACKAGE WILL LOOK LIKE

 

For any questions, please reach out to Lori.Schrager@yale.edu

 

General questions? Contact the Innovation Summit team at innovation.summit@yale.edu