Blog: April 2014

Apr
24
2014

fluid-screen sabin prize

The Yale student venture Fluid-Screen has recently taken two top awards in Yale startup competitions--$25,000 for the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize from the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) and $10,000 for the Yale Venture Challenge from the Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES). The startup is also one of four finalists for the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health—a $25,000 cash prize which will be awarded by the Yale School of Public Health April 26 at the Yale School of Management. Fluid-Screen is led by Yale Ph.D. candidate Monika Weber (’14), Yale MBA candidate Anthony Lynn (’14) and Seyla Azoz, Yale Ph.D.  and SOM candidate (’15), who are developing a portable device for quickly and accurately testing for environmental contaminants in water and blood samples. The device is built around patented chip technology developed at Yale and can bring screen-time down from multiple days to 30 minutes.  

Fluid-Screen is participating the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Venture Creation Program, a program for supporting early-stage startups with a small amount of capital, expert mentors and guidance. The technology has been developed with over $4 million in grant funding to date and the team is seeking an additional $400,000 to develop their prototype device.

Two other ventures that have or will be participating in YEI’s Fellowship took home prizes from the Yale Venture Challenge. Spylight, a startup from YEI’s 2013 Fellowship that was founded by Casper Daugaard (YC ’13), took second place ($5,000). The company is developing a website and app that allows consumers to identify and purchase products featured in their favorite shows and they have negotiated a partnership with a major Hollywood studio to pilot the service with three top TV shows, including New Girl and White Collar. SÖL, a startup participating in the 2014 YEI Fellowship, won third place ($1,000). The teamJeremiah Kreisberg (YC ’14), Jacob Sandry (YC ’15) and Eric Caine (YC ’15)are developing an organic, non-GMO sports drink that has the proper levels of electrolytes and sugars that athletes need during a workout.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Apr
23
2014

WTNH News anchor Ann Nyberg featured the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute on her webshow, Nyberg, to talk about their startups and how YEI is expanding opportunities for student entrepreneurs at Yale.

The show features Jim Boyle, managing director of YEI and two students: Fanni Li, cofounder of Eli Nutrition, makers of Tummyzen from the 2013 Fellowship and Starling Childs, cofounder of Citiesense from the 2014 Fellowship

Check out the video!

yei ann nyberg

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Apr
03
2014

(Oliva Zhao & Michelle Addington)

Three Yale women were honored at the March 27 Women of Innovation awards ceremony by the Connecticut Technology Council. Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale School of Architecture was nominated for Academic Innovation and Leadership for her work advancing smart materials and environmental technologies. Julie Dorsey, Professor of Computer Science at Yale and cofounder of the startup Mental Canvas was nominated for Research Innovation and Leadership for advancing image synthesis, modeling material appearance and interactive illustration. Paula Kavathas, Professor of Laboratory Medicine, of Genetics, of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale was nominated for Academic Innovation and Leadership for advancing knowledge relevant to vaccine monitoring and immunotherapy.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

(Julie Dorsey and husband David Ackman)

(Paula Kavathas and husband Sukh Grewal)

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