This year’s YEI Fellowship—an 8-week bootcamp for accelerating ventures at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI)—drew 48 applications from 139 applicants from across the university. Over half were from Yale College with the remainder split between School of Management, School of Medicine and across the graduate school landscape—Engineering, Music, Art, Forestry and Nursing.
“There’s interest in entrepreneurship happening in all corners of Yale,” says YEI Program Director Kassie Tucker. “Students are discovering real-world problems they want to solve and getting creative about ways they can make a difference.”
YEI has seen a steady influx of applicants interested in starting social ventures via the Fellowship and 27 of the 48 applications noted an interest in social impact, with 20 indicating they would like to be considered for the Yale College Dean’s Challenge. That honor is reserved for one undergraduate Fellowship team whose social venture has the opportunity to make a significant social impact and is selected by Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway.
Startup ideas from the applicants include an aqueduct for seawater desalination, an electric bike-leasing company, a wearable breathalyzer, an emergency contraception app, a spray that stops bleeding, a robotic arm to assist laborers, an online platform for women’s workwear and an initiative to bring Yale College courses to incarcerated students.
The finalists are currently presenting pitches to the YEI Operating Board who will select up to 10 winning teams to participate in the Fellowship, which includes $15,000, mentorship, Lean Startup education, pitching opportunities, corporate partners and space for building their ventures at YEI.
CONTACT: Brita Belli, Communications Officer, Yale Innovation & Entrepreneurship, (203)804-1911, firstname.lastname@example.org.