Startup Yale 2018
STARTUP YALE will be held April 16–April 20, 2018 at the Yale School of Management (165 Whitney Ave., New Haven) and other locations on campus.
All Startup Yale events are free and open to the public. To register for any of the events below, please click here.
Monday, April 16
Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize
4-8pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2420
Finalist pitches in front of a live judging panel for the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize—$25k for the best student-led venture that advance a more sustainable way of life.
Tuesday, April 17
4-7:30pm at the Yale School of Management, Beinecke Room
WE@Yale (Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Yale) will host the WE@Yale Summit, featuring:
- Fireside Chat with Sheila Lirio Marcelo—Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com, interviewed by Louise Story (Yale College ‘03, Yale SOM ‘06), journalist at the New York Times
- Panel on Women in the Workforce with
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com
Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy & Walker's Legacy Foundation
- Sara Holoubek, Founder and CEO of Luminary Labs
- Baljeet Sandhu, leading UK Human Rights lawyer, founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) and founding partner of the 2027 Project
- Serena Fong, Vice President of Catalyst.org
- Networking and drinks
This event, like all Startup Yale events, is open to the public and open to attendees of all gender identities.
Wednesday, April 18
Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World's Most Urgent Problems
11:45am–1pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 4200
Join us for a conversation with Georgia Levenson Keohane on using business and investment as a force for good.
Dwight Hall Social Innovation Lab Pitch Off
4-6pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2420
Join Dwight Hall's Social Innovation Lab participants as they celebrate their progress and pitch their final projects to the Yale and New Haven community for questions, feedback, and prizes.
Tsai CITY Accelerator Pitch Off
6:30-9pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2420
Join us for the Tsai CITY Startup and Nonprofit Accelerator Pitch Off as teams pitch their ventures for prizes and feedback.
Thursday, April 19
Fireside Chat on Black Excellence: Building Businesses for Your Community
11:45am-12:45pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2200
Entrepreneurs from marginalized communities face a number of barriers in starting successful businesses. But what happens when entrepreneurs of color build businesses that purposefully serve their own community? Do these founders find additional obstacles in relation to seed funding and venture capital? What methods and approaches do these founders take in educating investors, who may or may not be from the same background, about a business idea that may be foreign to them? Join entrepreneurs Justin Gerrard (founder of Bae), KJ Miller (co-founder of Mented), and Jason Mowatt (founder of Trap Karaoke) as they discuss the trials, tribulations, and opportunities of culturally relevant entrepreneurship.
This fireside chat is in partnership with the Afro-American Cultural Center and the Yale Black Business Alliance.
Food Entrepreneurship Expo
5–8pm, at the Landscape Lab, Yale West Campus (100 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT)
This installment of ¡beyond food! will feature student entrepreneurs working alongside local chefs to show their creative, innovative ideas through their food. We’ll be sampling some of the food products of Yale-based food startups as well as tasting the results of some riffing from chefs and students challenged to come up with something new delicious using the Landscape Lab campfire as their kitchen.
Friday, April 20
Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation
9:30–11:30am at the Yale School of Management, Room 2200
Finalist pitches in front of a live judging panel for the Aetna Foundation Prize—$25k for the best student-led venture with a technology innovation addressing a health equity challenge.
Echoing Green Keynote Panel
12–1pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2200
Moderated by Ken Inadomi (Founding Chair of Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance and Co-Chair of Yale Alumni Task Force on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion). Panelists will include Echoing Green Fellows Ebele Ifedigbo ’16, Lauren Fine ‘06, and Wendell Adjetey '18.
Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Public Health or Education
1:15–3:15pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 4200
Finalist pitches in front of a live judging panel for the Thorne Prize—$25k for the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.
Rothberg Catalyzer Prize
1:15–3:15pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2200
Finalist pitches in front of a live judging panel for the Rothberg Catalyzer Prize—$25k for the best student-led venture developing an innovative hardware solution to a medical challenge.
3:30–5:30pm at the Yale School of Management, Room 2200
Finalist pitches in front of a live judging panel for the Miller Prize—$25k for the best student-led venture working on a tech or tech-enabled service startup.
6:30–8:30pm at the New Haven Lawn Club
Join us for the awards celebration & announcement of winners for all five $25k prizes, audience choice awards, and MIINT Impact Investing award. Drinks will be served.