New Entrepreneurship Fellowship Available for Graduating Students

Student entrepreneurs graduating from the Yale School of Management this year have a new opportunity to help them manage the costs of launching a startup.

The Yale SOM Entrepreneurship Fellowship will allow students to defer their student loan payments for the first two years after graduation. The goal is to help entrepreneurs funnel more time and money into their startups during the critical early years.

Student entrepreneurs meet in the Entrepreneurial Studies Suite.

“With 10% of the most recent graduating class starting companies or pursuing roles at startups, we’ve seen SOM graduates become entrepreneurs across all sectors and regions,” said Julia Zupko, assistant dean and director of the Yale SOM Career Development Office. “It’s exciting to further enable them to hit the ground running instead of waiting until they have enough resources to make it personally and financially feasible.” 

Up to five fellowships are available each year. A committee of Yale SOM alumni, entrepreneurs, and investors will select the recipients.

Yale SOM has recently expanded its support and programming for entrepreneurs, creating a Program on Entrepreneurship and new coursework in 2014. The new fellowship joins a variety of existing grants for entrepreneurs, including:

  • The Nancy Pfund ’82 Social Impact Award, which promotes social entrepreneurship by supporting first-year students pursuing summer internships at mission-driven, social sector organizations with double bottom lines.
  • The Henry F. McCance Entrepreneurial Award, which provides summer internship funding for first-year students, new venture seed financing for second-year students, and funding for Yale SOM students joining an early-stage startup.
  • The Morris and Miriam Pozen Entrepreneur Award, which provides summer internship funding for first-year students, new venture seed financing for second-year students, and funding for students joining early-stage startups.
  • The Harley Lippman Yale SOM Summer Entrepreneurial Fellowship Award, which provides summer internship funding for first-year students, new venture seed financing for second-year students, and funding for students joining early-stage startups.
  • The Fuad El-Hibri ’82 Entrepreneurial Award, which provides summer internship funding for first-year students, new venture seed financing for second-year students, and funding for students joining early-stage startups.