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Entrepreneurship Opportunities at Yale

Through the Yale Office of Cooperative Research and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, faculty, graduate students and postdocs can gain valuable insight into forming a startup, test out the commercial potential for their research, find collaborative partners to launch a venture and tap into funding and investment opportunities. Learn more at yale.edu/ocr.

The OCR partners with faculty, learns about their research and works with them to determine the commercial potential of their inventions and discoveries. OCR also protects intellectual property by filing patents for faculty inventions, licenses faculty technology and connects researchers with commercial partners. Questions? Contact David Lewin, OCR Senior Associate Director of Licensing with the Medical Campus: david.lewin@yale.edu 

YEI is a multidisciplinary entrepreneurial accelerator - a center for identifying, encouraging, mentoring and launching ventures that emphasizes the lean startup model and is staffed by experts with deep scientific and business expertise. YEI’s programs are designed to support entrepreneurs at every stage in the startup process: from exploring ideas and learning the startup language to developing a business plan, attracting investment and launching a business. Find out more at yei.yale.edu.

Get Involved

The Venture Creation Program at YEI is designed to give students support in turning that gold nugget of an idea into commercial gold with a little financial support and a whole lot of mentoring and expert advice. Student startups at any stage in the inspiration process will be given consideration for admittance into the VCP. Many of these early-stage teams have gone on to secure coveted Summer Fellowships where they work to develop their newly honed ideas into commercially successful businesses. Selected teams receive up to $2,500 to develop their prototype or proof of concept and are assigned a mentor, provided access to YEI Consultants and corporate partners as well as a dedicated space in the YEI Incubator.

YEI has dedicated a portion of the VCP funding specifically for postdoc and graduate student researchers interested in launching ventures with faculty support. Contact Erika Smith, erika.smith@yale.edu for an application and more information.
Erika Smith

Erika Smith, YEI Deputy Director

Learn the Process

Throughout the fall, YEI is offering an educational series called Exploring Entrepreneurship that will offer an inside look at evaluating the commercial potential of a business idea, licensing intellectual property, reaching out to customers and other essentials for launching a successful startup. Faculty, students, grads and postdocs are all welcomed and encouraged to register. The series will be led by YEI Deputy Director Erika Smith, who has a strong early stage investment background, has worked for a number of years in establishing ties with technologists at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and other universities and has taught commercialization courses on medical product development at the National Institutes of Health. Erika holds an MBA and a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. To register, contact Erika Smith at erika.smith@yale.edu.