Cross Campus was buzzing with activity on September 1 as entrepreneurship groups and departments from across Yale gathered under one big tent for the Yale Entrepreneurship Bazaar. The event was hosted by the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), the umbrella organization connecting entrepreneurship resources at the university and providing dedicated programs for entrepreneurs at every level, from the merely curious to the seasoned entrepreneur, from undergrads to faculty.
“Each year we’re finding new ways to engage with the Yale community,” says Jim Boyle, Managing Director of YEI. “This year’s bazaar was evidence that excitement for starting ventures, developing innovative technologies and products, finding solutions to global problems and learning new technical skills, are attracting increased interest from across Yale.”
Hundreds cycled through the tent throughout the afternoon, picking up free T-shirts and YEI’s comprehensive Entrepreneurship at Yale handbook, and visiting tables staffed by more than 30 student groups, campus innovation centers and university programs. They included InnovateHealth Yale, the School of Management Program on Entrepreneurship, the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, the Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design, the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, YHack, the Graduate Student Consulting Club, Public Health Coalition, Design for America and Women’s Leadership Initiative. YEI food startup Junzi Kitchen, which is close to opening its first fast-casual twist on the Chinese restaurant in New Haven, served fresh-brewed iced tea to attendees.
Raj Mahal (’15) of CEID said they were looking to connect with students at Yale who might not be aware how accessible the CEID is for students of all backgrounds. “Not as many students are aware as could be how easy it is to become a member,” Mahal says. With just an hour-long intro course, students can gain membership to use the many resources at CEID, including workspace, tools and 3-D printers.
The student group YaleMakes is in their second year operating out of the CEID space and sees its greatest value as bringing together students and faculty to learn skills and develop ideas into tangible products. “Getting from design to something physical, that’s where we come in,” says Artem Osherov (’17), an undergraduate research assistant at Yale School of Medicine. Anyone from the Yale community can present their ideas to the group and YaleMakes will arrange a workshop with them. “We do workshops where everyone participates in 3-D printing or architecture design,” says Meghan Valentine (’16). They’ve even led groups to learn 15th century printing press techniques.
Student leadership with YHack, which runs one of the premier hackathons on the east coast at Yale each fall, said they have secrets in store for the coming hackathon. The event will be held November 6-8 this year at Payne-Whitney gym. They praised Yale President Peter Salovey’s office for providing venue support for the hackathon, which amassed 800 applicants from around the world in the first 24 hours the application was online.
“There’s excitement about entrepreneurship happening all across Yale,” says YEI’s Boyle. “With the support of President Salovey and our many campus partners, we’re looking forward to an exciting and collaborative year ahead.”