Innovate Health Yale is committed to one concept: change. We are a group of Yale faculty, program directors, and students focused on using the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to promote health and prevent disease. We are a home for those at Yale interested in creating innovative solutions to challenges in health and education. We train students to become change agents and catalyze interdisciplinary entrepreneurial efforts to address national and global health problems. We focus on underserved communities in the US and low-resource countries.

To achieve these aims, Innovate Health Yale—based at the Yale School of Public Health—partners with leading organizations for innovation on campus. We believe that social entrepreneurship can be taught and modeled, and the best students are those with a vision, a passion for change, and a willingness to encounter risk. 

Innovate Health Yale offers $35,000 in prizes to fund the most promising student-led social impact ventures as well as pro bono legal and social marketing support. In partnership with the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) we award seed venture funding for global initiatives. Members of the IHY community have access to experienced mentors and a wide range of contacts. IHY funds summer internships in social enterprises and brings world leaders in social entrepreneurship to campus. 

Explore our site, learn about our work, and join our efforts.

Yale students at the annual Startup Yale competition

Yale students from across the university competed in five competitions—each with a $25,000 award—to improve health and educational outcomes. The Yale School of Public Health sponsors two of the competitions through InnovateHealth Yale.