Yale School of Management

Program on Entrepreneurship

Creating entrepreneurs for business and society.

Startup Yale to Go On, Online

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OnTrack Rehab team member Holly Zhou (center), winner of the 2019 Rothberg Catalyzer @ Yale prize, with Tsai CITY Managing Director Kassie Tucker (far left) and Jonathan Rothberg. Photo courtesy of Tsai CITY

There will still be pitches and prizes; ideas to positively impact healthcare, education, social, and other spaces will still be exchanged; and the drive to “reimagine the future” will be on display. This year’s Startup Yale, an annual showcase of entrepreneurial ventures from across the Yale campus, will go on, entirely online.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which is preventing in-person events, student entrepreneurs and judges will convene on April 16 and 17. Student pitches to judges and award presentations will be livestreamed (further information will be available soon on the Startup Yale website).

Student teams from Yale SOM and other Yale institutions will compete for the following prizes, all of which are “designed to generate world-changing ideas around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability, and technology”:

  • The $25,000 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize: Managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, this award goes to students and/or faculty with the best ideas for products, services, projects, or programs that advance a more sustainable way of life.
  • The $15,000 Rothberg Catalyzer @ Yale: Awarded by the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, this award goes to the best student-led venture focused on developing an innovative hardware and/or AI solution to a medical challenge.
  • The $10,000 New Haven Civic Innovation Prize: This award goes to the best student-led venture, project, or policy focused on benefitting the city of New Haven.
  • The $10,000 Rita Wilson Prize Fund in Support of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Awarded by InnovateHealth Yale, this award goes to the best student-led venture focused on creating a technical solution to address a health disparity in the United States.
  • The $25,000 Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education: Awarded by InnovateHealth Yale, this award goes to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.