Yale Innovation Summit Brings Together Entrepreneurs and Investors at Evans Hall

On May 10, student and faculty entrepreneurs from across Yale gathered at Edward P. Evans Hall for the Yale Innovation Summit, presented by the Yale Office of Cooperative Research and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. The day included panel discussions, pitch contests, an electronic poster session in the Evans Hall courtyard, and a keynote address by Gerald Chan, a philanthropist and cofounder of Morningside Group. Representatives of more than 35 venture capital firms were among the 600 attendees.

The summit also included the presentation of more than $1 million in grants and prizes intended to help Yale startups move their products forward, including several $300,000 and $100,000 grants from the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation. 

Two Yale SOM students were part of the teams that won prizes in the Tech Pitch Contest. Alva Health, which is developing a wearable device for early stroke detection, won the $5,000 first prize; the company’s team includes Sandra Saldana Ortega ’17, a student in the healthcare focus area of the MBA for Executives program, as well as faculty members in medicine, neurology, and computer science. Ortega is also part of the team for Rio Medical, along with Sandra Lynne Fryhofer ’19, a JD-MBA candidate at Yale SOM and Yale Law School, which won the $2,000 second prize after pitching a filter than purges gas from IV infusions.

Read more about the Yale Innovation Summit on the Office of Cooperative Research website.