Start Your Accelerators!
Something magical happens when creative, driven students motivated to build something important stand up and share their ideas. This past Friday our first cohort of Startup Accelerator and Nonprofit Accelerator teams (19 teams in all) gathered for an orientation session at Tsai CITY and, among other things, delivered their 90-second pitches.
From students in Yale College, Yale Law School, and the Schools of Management, Architecture and Forestry and Environmental Studies
we saw powerful snapshots of ventures aiming to bridge the education gap in Afghanistan, increase land stewardship among people of color, block noise pollution and improve school efficiency — just to call out a few. Over the next 6 weeks, their ideas will advance through prototyping, customer/community research, and rapid iteration. We'll keep you posted on their progress!
Using Innovation to Create Change: Oct. 10, 8:30am @ Tsai CITY
Welcoming two incredible women to campus: World Fellow Baljeet Sandhu, and Dorothy Tegeler, Changemaker in Residence at Dwight Hall. We will discuss how they see innovation as a tool for impact in the world of immigrant rights and asylum, and their personal journeys as system disrupters. Join us for a timely and inspiring conversation. REGISTER HERE.
Yale Women Innovators: Carrie Rich
Carrie Rich, cofounder and CEO of the Global Good Fund (GGF) believes that investing in young leaders is the most effective vehicle for addressing society’s most complex social challenges. In this video, Carrie talks with Veena McCoole ('19) about "Building a Mission-Driven Board."
THE LATEST NEWS:
Tsai CITY Announces First Accelerator Teams Tsai CITY has initiated the first cohort of teams into its Accelerator Program – a 6-week program for testing and developing new startup and nonprofit ideas with funding, workshops, mentorship and peer coaches known as Innovation Advisors. There is no shortage of big, transformative ideas among the 19 admitted teams. “We are really excited by the breadth of ideas
we’re seeing from across the university,” says Cass Walker Harvey, Program Director in Social Entrepreneurship at Tsai CITY. “Yale students have an incredible drive to tackle serious global challenges in meaningful ways.”
Women's Leadership Program Thrives at SOM Thirty-five women clad in pantsuits on Tuesday organized themselves into teams of four in a spaceship-like lecture hall and got to work on an activity involving marshmallows and strands of spaghetti. During the program, which began on Monday evening, participants spent three intensive days, sometimes from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., attending lectures on decision making,
innovation, negotiations, verbal communication and diversity that were taught by SOM faculty members.
A New Haven for Art Artist Titus Kaphar, ART ’06 and his business partner Jonathan Brand, ART ’07, work together at an organization called the PostMasters Project, an initiative to foster a creative community within New Haven, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 if approvals by the City Plan Commission proceed as anticipated. The project’s stated mission lies on four pillars: mentorship, workshop, space, and community. Kaphar, who splits his time between New Haven and New York City, chose to start the project here after
being engaged in the local arts community during his time at Yale.
How Analogy Can Help You Find the Solution You’re Seeking Analogous thinking is the process of looking for help with known issues by referring to and connecting with unfamiliar but potentially applicable areas and transferring and adapting learning from one to the other. The practice is fast invading businesses around the globe for two reasons: it works, and disruption is happening at an unprecedented rate. Per Yale’s Richard Foster, 75 percent of the S&P 500 will be replaced in the next decade—a worrying statistic for any CEO. While some prefer to keep this
sort of thinking firmly in the startup toolkit, I believe it can help companies stave off competition and disruption.
UPCOMING CITY EVENTS:
30-SECOND ENTREPRENEURIAL PITCH WORKSHOP. OCT. 10, 4:30-6:30pm @ SOM Rm 4230. Deliver the pitch that will get you the 30-minute meeting! Expressing your idea clearly can be one of the toughest parts of entrepreneurship. In this workshop led by Julie Vance of The Executive Voice, you'll learn and practice the essentials of delivering a memorable pitch for social and environmental entrepreneurship. Join us to
build foundational skills for pitching in any context -- from networking events, to meetings, to competitions. Part of the Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship Professional Skills Workshop Series with CBEY, InnovateHealth Yale and Tsai CITY. REGISTER HERE.
LEAN STARTUP FOR SOCIAL CHANGE. OCT. 11, 4:30-6:30pm @ Tsai CITY, 254 Elm St. This workshop will be led by Michel Gelobter, author of "Lean Startups for Social Change." Introduction to Lean Change is a workshop that gets participants to prioritize and immediately test the most critical assumptions about a problem or solution they’re grappling with. In about 90 minutes,
they get a clear understanding of the experimental nature of lean practice and hands-on experience building a first Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with which to start the learning needed to successfully innovate on their problem/solution. Part of the Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship Professional Skills Workshop Series with CBEY, InnovateHealth Yale and Tsai CITY. REGISTER HERE.
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YHACK APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. YHack - happening Dec.1-3, 2017 at Yale - features 1,000+ hackers and makers arriving from universities around the world building projects with the help of engineers from Google, Facebook and other tech leaders. This year, YHack is introducing special tracks in finance, healthcare and education to focus on current problems in technology. APPLY HERE.
ROUGH DRAFT VENTURES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Applications are now open for The Rough Draft Academy, a three-month summer program that pairs top students with technical internships at high-growth startups across Boston and New York. DETAILS & APPLICATION.
STARTUP GRIND: SAL SYED, CEO & COFOUNDER OF ARCCOS GOLF. OCT. 11, 5:30pm @ SOM Rm 4400. Sal Syed is CEO and Co-founder of Arccos Golf, the pioneer of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in golf. He has led the company through explosive growth, with Arccos recognized as a Marcum Tech Accelerator company (awarded to Connecticut tech companies
surpassing $3m of revenue in under 3 years). Sal and his team put Arccos in Apple stores less than two years after getting to work. And, more recently, the technology has been pre-installed in the all of Cobra’s 2017 drivers. Arccos has also become one of Microsoft's leading AI partners. Arccos has raised around $15 million in funding and is based in Stamford, CT. The company has been featured in Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, Fortune and many others. FREE TIX FOR FRIENDS OF CITY HERE.
SOBOTKA SEED STAGE VENTURE GRANTS INFO SESSION. OCT. 12, 4:30-5:30pm @ Tsai CITY, 254 Elm St. The Sobotka Seed Stage Venture Grants are two $10,000 grants
to fund sustainable startup business ventures. Learn more about these grants and ask questions about the application process at this information session. Participants will hear from previous recipient Zoe Lloyd (SOM/FES’17) on how the grant helped her advance her business, Zoni Foods. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Applications open October 9th. LEARN MORE.
YALE FINTECH TRANSFORMATION CONFERENCE. OCT. 13, 9am-7pm @ Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave. Join leading investors, entrepreneurs, technologists, policymakers and academics in exploring FinTech’s potential for further reshaping our world. DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE.
JOIN THE YALE/CBIT HEALTHCARE HACKATHON PLANNING COMMITTEE. OCT. 16, 6pm @ Max Tafel Room, East Pavilion, Yale New Haven Hospital. Want to grow your network, meet people from around the world, and meaningfully contribute to improving healthcare? If so, join the planning team of the Yale/CBIT 2018 Healthcare Hackathon! Come to our first meeting on Monday, October 16th to learn about how you can join the Hackathon Committee while snacking on some pizza. Last year was a resounding success and a ton of fun - and this year will be even better! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUELING THE GROWTH PITCH COMPETITION. OCT. 18, 9am-7pm @ Quinnipiac University. The Refinery is hosting Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition for female founded startups at Quinnipiac University, in support of Connecticut Innovation Week. The Refinery teams with angel and venture capital investors to get as many female founders, as possible, in one-on-one meetings with investors. Founders pitch for 7 minutes, and receive 7 minutes of feedback. Investors select the top companies to pitch-off for cash (up to $10,000) and other prizes at the evening awards/networking event. Featuring investors from Angel Investor Forum, Fairview Capital, and Goldenseeds. DETAILS & APPLICATION HERE.
PRESIDENT'S WOMEN OF YALE LECTURE SERIES: ANITA HILL ('80 JD): OCT. 30, 3:30-6pm @ Evans Hall, Zhang Auditorium. Anita Hill ’80 J.D. will join President Salovey in a conversation open to members of the Yale community. Anita Hill is the University Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies in the Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is also of counsel to the law firm of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll, where she advises on class action workplace discrimination cases. REGISTER HERE.
D-PRIZE APPLICATION DEADLINE. EARLY DECISION - NOV. 19/FINAL DEADLINE - DEC. 10. D-Prize awards new social entrepreneurs up to $20,000 to alleviate extreme poverty. They have researched a dozen poverty interventions which, if distributed at scale, will impact millions of people. Pitch your solution in a 2 page concept note by November 19 (early deadline) or December 10 (regular deadline). Up to 30 entrepreneurs will be awarded the seed capital to launch a social venture or NGO pilot. DETAILS & APPLICATION HERE.