Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Announces 2014 Fellows
The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute has just announced the newest admits to its 2014 Fellowship—nine teams that represent a cross-section of Yale students, faculty and innovative new ventures. The teams will each receive $15,000, expert mentorship, lean startup training, introductions to investors, trips and meals as part of the fellowship experience. With intensive work and guidance, teams are expected to bring their startups ready to launch by the end of the 10-week fellowship.
This year’s fellowship teams are recognized for being advanced both in concept and early development, and three of them have faculty cofounders. “This year, we were especially impressed with the quality of applicants,” says YEI Managing Director Jim Boyle. “The 2014 fellows are particularly notable for the maturity of the concepts, which range from a new sports drink to a monitoring device for scoliosis patients to a website and app for tracking urban development. And we’re excited to have an increasing number of faculty turning to YEI to commercialize their technologies alongside Yale students.”
This year’s Fellowship is working with several tech teams, including one for a mobile mesh network that would reduce demand on cell towers; a team that is designing a superior dynamic random access memory (DRAM) architecture; a team developing a video game to address public health problems such as HIV and drug abuse; and another that’s creating a production-quality Software Defined Networking system—an open platform for centralizing control of data center networks.
Sustainability is also a hallmark of this year’s teams, which include startups built around: tracking real estate development in cities for more sustainable growth; developing an organic, non-GMO sports drink; producing organic cotton dress shirts; and providing fresh, locally sourced Chinese food wraps.
There are currently 75 active YEI companies that have raised over $79 million in funding and created over 300 jobs. Successful student-launched businesses include PaperG, a San Francisco startup that creates customized display ads for clients including Hearst, Tribune and Time Warner Cable, and Panorama Education, a startup that uses customized surveys to help improve K-12 schools and which received $4 million in seed funding from Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education and other investors last year.
Fellows will be working primarily at YEI’s incubator space at 55 Whitney Ave., beginning on May 25—although early aspects of the program, such as lean startup training and legal incorporation, are already underway. The fellowship will conclude with a Demo Day on July 24 in which trained and polished teams will present their businesses before a room full of the Yale community, mentors, advisors and influential investors.
The 2014 YEI Fellows:
Levi DeLuke (YC ’14), Sebastian Monzon (YC ’14), Ellen Su (YC ’13)
A compliance monitor and feedback system for scoliosis braces that consists of a sensor module that can be installed on existing braces to record data on the tightness and wear-time of the brace.
Amanda Rinderle (SOM ’15), Jonas Clark (SOM ’15)
Providing sustainably sourced professional clothing, beginning with organic cotton dress shirts, made in the U.S.
James Lin (SOM ’15), TP Ma (Raymond John Wean Professor of Electrical Engineering& Applied Physics), Xiao Sun (postdoc)
A ferroelectric Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) providing semiconductor solutions.
Yong Zhao (FES ’14), Wanting Zhang (FES ’11), Ming Bai (Art ’13), Jasmine Guo, David Yan
A healthy Chinese food quick-service franchise serving wraps and relying on fresh ingredients.
Starling Childs (FES ’14), Peter Furest, Mike Scopino, Tom Reznick
Providing cities with cloud-based data management that facilitates real estate marketing and public outreach by showing where effective growth and development is happening and where new market opportunities exist.
Andreas Voellmy (GSAS ’14), Richard Yang (Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering), David Huyssen
Maple provides a production-quality Software-Defined Networking (SDN) system that allows users to define their network behavior easily through a simple, powerful programming abstraction, using their favorite programming languages, such as Java or Python.
Olivia Zhao (SOM ’15), Lynn Fiellin (Associate Professor of Medicine), Kimberly Hieftje (Assistant Research Scientist in Medicine)
Using interactive video games, P2P aims to reduce STI/HIV infections and unintended pregnancy rates among young people by improving health education, behavioral health promotion and risk reduction in U.S. middle and high schools.
Jeremiah Kreisberg (YC ’14), Jacob Sandry (YC ’15), Eric Caine (YC ’15)
An organic, non-GMO sports drink that has the proper levels of electrolytes and sugars that athletes need during a workout.
Stephen Hall (YC '14), Tyler Reynolds (YC '14), David Cruz (YC ’14), Jon Lao (YC '14)
A server-based connection coordinator that facilitates wireless mesh networking by optimizing how data flows through the network and managing how local devices connect.
For more information on this year’s fellowship teams, visit http://yei.yale.edu/2014-yei-summer-fellows.