The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) is a Yale-run organization that was formed to help undergraduate and graduate students start scalable new ventures. While starting as a stand-alone 10-week summer program in 2007, YEI has since expanded into a year-round University department acting as a portal for entrepreneurship on campus and offering programs and events year round that serve the entrepreneurial interest of students and the New Haven community.
What They Do
YEI brings in speakers like Scott Cook and Barry Nalebuff. They also run workshops on entrepreneurship like “Branding as a Capital Investment”, “Patent Basics for Entrepreneurship”, and “How to Start a Mission-Driven Venture.” Over the summer, YEI hosts a summer fellowship during which mentors and advisors help students’ companies grow. The organization also runs a technology commercialization program in partnership with the Office of Cooperative Research. Students in the program work with professors to bring products from the lab to market.
Since 2007, YEI has supported the formation and growth of over 75 student-founded ventures, which have raised over $79 million of investment capital