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Who We Are

The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute is a university department that helps entrepreneurs and innovators at Yale start scalable new ventures. YEI offers three dedicated programs for accelerating ventures at Yale from early-stage conception to investable startup: the Venture Creation Program, the YEI Fellowship and the YEI Innovation Fund, which provides $100,000 in pre-seed funding. YEI is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship across all schools at Yale and providing opportunities for students and faculty to test their ideas, develop them with expert guidance and launch companies that can make an impact in their respective industries. YEI resources include a 150+ Mentor Network; resident entrepreneurs; access to in-kind services from corporate partners in legal, accounting, financial, IP, communications and branding; connections to the angel and venture community; and connections to campus and community entrepreneurship partners.

Our Mission

The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) was formed to help Yale students and faculty start scalable new business ventures. We mentor innovators through ideation, proof-of-concept and the business creation process. We focus on venture opportunities which are the most viable and have the highest impact potential and which enhance Yale’s entrepreneurial self-awareness. 

As a hub for innovation, we strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset across the entire University community. As a proving ground for commercial viability, we engage both alumni and non-alumni experts across a wide range of industries to help validate and refine products and services. As a point of contact with the business world, we seek to collaborate with external investors and corporate partners who share our vision.