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Austin Ligon '80, who helped launch CarMax while an executive at Circuit City and then led the company after it was spun off as an independent venture, spoke to members of the MBA Class of 2016 and the MAM Class of 2015 as part of Yale SOM’s annual student orientation.


Demo Day featured Yale SOM entrepreneurs and other teams participating in the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellowship, a competitive 10-week summer program, and the new YEI Summer Venture Creation Program.


What do an antacid maker, an investment firm focused on the Dominican Republic, and a biotechnology company have in common? All three businesses were founded by Yale SOM student entrepreneurs.


The firm Epic Decade led a three-day design lab giving students the opportunity to apply design thinking to their own opportunities, stories, and strategies.


Only three years old, the Design & Innovation Club is already the second largest student club at the Yale School of Management. Its annual MBA Innovation Summit was held on February 21 in New York City.


IsoPlexis, a biotech startup co-founded by Sean Mackay ’14, has received a $100,000 investment from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Innovation Fund.


The students will spend the summer developing startups in the technology and apparel industries.


Fluid-Screen, a cross-Yale student venture developing a new method to test for environmental contaminants in fluids, won the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize and the Yale Venture Challenge.


Teja Padma ’14 and her partners won the $25,000 prize for their startup Khushi Baby, which is developing a bracelet that will store a baby’s vaccination history on an electronic chip.


Nancy Pfund ’82 and Richard Kauffman ’83 both appear on Fortune magazine’s list of 25 “business leaders, academics, regulators, and entrepreneurs doing the most to make our world smarter and more sustainable.”


The launch of a formal Entrepreneurship Program, the appointment of Dr. Kyle Jensen as the inaugural Shanna and Eric Bass ’05 Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, and new scholarships and financial support for entrepreneurial students signals major new commitment to entrepreneurship at Yale.


The MBA Innovation Summit, an afternoon convening business practitioners and students on the topic of innovation, reflects a growing interest at Yale in innovation thinking, tools, and strategies, as well as their practical application in solving major business challenges.


Eli Nutrition, a student-run startup company that makes a new antacid based on Yale research, has received an investment of $100,000 from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Innovation Fund.