Yale School of Management


Students launching new ventures benefit from the solid foundation in business principles and deep understanding of working in teams cultivated through the Yale SOM integrated curriculum. Yale SOM’s Program on Entrepreneurship was launched in 2014 to augment that knowledge by creating a culture of entrepreneurship at the school and across the university through expanded electives and targeted support for founders. In addition, students benefit from a myriad of student-run and institutional resources that promote entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship at Yale SOM

  • Program on Entrepreneurship

    Program on Entrepreneurship
  • Yale SOM Entrepreneurs: Dianna Liu ’18

  • Student Entrepreneurs

  • #StartupYale

Entrepreneurship Courses

Foundation Courses

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Yale SOM Program on Entrepreneurship

The Yale SOM Program on Entrepreneurship expands entrepreneurship initiatives through new curriculum development and strengthening connections across Yale’s entrepreneurship community.

Yale Entrepreneurship Resources

The Yale SOM Entrepreneurship Program brings together the entrepreneurial efforts of Yale University programs across campus through lectures, social gatherings, and collaborations.

Center for Business and the Environment at YaleYale Center for Engineering Innovation and DesignTsai Center for Innovative Thinking at YaleYale Entrepreneurial SocietyYale Entrepreneur MagazineYale School of Engineering and Applied SciencesCenter for Biomedical and Intervential Technology

Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale

Yale SOMTsai CITY aims to inspire students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to seek innovative ways to solve real-world problems. Launched in 2017, Tsai CITY serves students from across Yale’s campus through programs, funding, and mentorship.

Opportunities for SOM Students

Startup Founders Practicum

The purpose of this course is to provide full-time SOM students with a mechanism to work on their startup ventures for credit, applying principles derived from their other coursework, particularly the integrated core curriculum. Students in this course articulate milestones for their ventures and work with faculty, staff, and mentors to meet those milestones. Generally, the course employs “lean” methodology. Admitted students are given working space in the Honest Tea Entrepreneurial Studies Suite of Yale SOM’s Evans Hall.

Yale SOM Student Clubs

Among our 40+ student clubs are several that foster students' leadership in the marketing disciplines through workshops, roundtables, conferences, and fundraisers, including: YHack, HackYale, E-Club, Design & Innovation Club, and Tech Club.

Startup Yale

Startup Yale brings together Yale’s biggest entrepreneurship awards in two days packed with pitches, prizes, and world-changing ideas. Here, Yale innovators join community leaders, investors, and practitioners to reimagine the future. Grounded in inclusivity and impact, Startup Yale is a crossroads for a new kind of innovation ecosystem.

Student Profiles

  • I’ve lived and worked on three different continents—Europe, Asia, and America. I’ve worked in both the public and private sectors, and I...

    Daniel Fernandez Palomares ’20
  • One of the primary reasons that I chose Yale SOM is that the school’s values resonate with my own. SOM’s mission is to educate leaders...

    Fan Wen ’19
  • I decided to start my company, Mother Nurture, after my daughter was born. I wanted to reach out to children who are struggling in...

    Elle Campion '19
  • Before coming to SOM, I was working as director of development at a cancer research foundation. Our primary goal was to help cure a rare...

    Michael Hund

Yale Insights: Entrepreneurship