Innovation Prizes at Yale

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Do you have a startup and no source of funding? Look no further–here’s a list of four upcoming innovation prizes at Yale. These pitches will happen at the Entrepreneurship Across Yale competition mid-April. Stay tuned for more information!

Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize:

The Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, presented by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, supports student and faculty efforts to start a sustainable for-profit business. The competition provides feedback from professional judges, extensive mentoring from faculty, and opportunities for participants to meet and pitch their ideas to venture capitalists and industry leaders. Past winners include an online social platform to expand the adoption of solar power, a software package for improving forest inventory data, and a sustainable protein producer. Winners of the Sabin Prize receive $25,000 and automatic entry into the YEI Fellowship.

Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education:

The Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education, presented by InnovateHealth Yale, is a $25,000 cash prize awarded to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education. The prize will be awarded in the spring of each year to support a student or group of students beginning or continuing to develop a social enterprise or innovation focused on these two areas. The Thorne Prize winner also receives automatic entry into the YEI Fellowship.

Miller Prize:

The Miller Prize is a new $25,000 entrepreneurship prize from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. The Miller Prize was created to galvanize new ventures at Yale in technology areas with proven venture potential and provide these ventures support and guidance to grow and attract new investment. This year, the Miller Prize is seeking applications from student and faculty startups in the areas of Big Data, Internet of Things and Materials Science. The winner receives $25,000 & automatic entry into the YEI Fellowship.

And we saved the best for last–the challenge hosted by our very own Yale Entrepreneurial Society.

Yale Venture Challenge:

For over 10 years, the Yale Entrepreneurial Society has hosted the Yale Venture Challenge to encourage entrepreneurship in the Yale community and support the growth of startups at Yale. The competition starts with teams submitting their business plans to YES in late March. The judging committee evaluates these business models and assigns scores to determine the final six teams selected to compete.

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