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Six Yale SOM Students and Alumni Named Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellows

Six Yale School of Management student and alumni entrepreneurs will spend this summer working on their startup ventures as 2017 fellows at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI).

The students’ three ventures—which involve medical devices and healthy frozen stovetop meals—are among seven Yale startups selected for this year’s YEI Fellowship, an eight-week summer program that provides entrepreneurs with $15,000, mentorship, and access to corporate partners, as well as a network of peers and experts.

Teams with SOM students include:

  • Alva Health (Ronald Coifman, the Phillips Professor of Math and Computer Science; Sandra Saldana-Ortega ’17, a student in the MBA for Executives program; Kevin Sheth, associate professor of neurology and of neurosurgery; and Hitten Zaveri, assistant professor of neurology): Alva Health is developing a wearable solution for monitoring neurological disorders.
  • Kitchen Table (Nilofer Ahmed ’16 and Zoë Lloyd ’17, FES ’17): Kitchen Table makes it easy to eat healthy meals at home by offering frozen, stovetop meal kits available in retail stores.
  • SepsisDX (Melissa Davis ’17 and Ankur Kapadia ’17, both students in the MBA for Executives program; Prashant Krishnakumar ’16, an alumnus of the MBA for Executives program; and David Kaufman, a physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital): SepsisDX is a phone application-based electronic checklist and decision-support tool that aids clinicians in the treatment of sepsis.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this year’s YEI Summer Fellowship and grateful to be able to draw upon YEI’s extensive mentor network,” said Saldana-Ortega from Alva Health. “This summer, we’ll continue to refine our product and execute on our vision to bring a powerful wearable solution to patients who suffer from neurological conditions."

The SepsisDX team has found new momentum, thanks to the fellowship. “This summer we want to work on completion of a beta test for the application and build our brand recognition so that we can focus our energy on seeking funding through the fall,” said team member Davis.

 Kyle Jensen, Yale SOM’s associate dean and the Shanna and Eric Bass ’05 Director of Entrepreneurship, said the fellowships give students invaluable support: “We are delighted that so many SOM students are finding success in their entrepreneurial endeavors and grateful for the support the YEI Summer Fellowship provides them.” 

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