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Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education

Winners accept ceremonial large check
2019 Thorne Prize
The EdSightful team is presented a ceremonial check after the 2019 Thorne Prize finals.

The Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education is a $25,000 cash prize awarded to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education in the US or abroad.

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.

Thorne Prize finalists compete in a pitch-off during the spring semester during Start-up Yale.


Information regarding 2021 Thorne Prize applications and resources will be posted as available.


Click here to see past winners.


To learn more and get support with your venture, Schedule office hours with Fatema Basrai, Assistant Director of IHY.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for this prize?
A current Yale student must be the team leader. Additional team members can be inside or outside of Yale.
What types of ventures are applicable for this prize?
Any student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education is eligible. See past winners here.
What regions should ventures be serving?
Ventures focused in the US and internationally are eligible.
Can I apply for both the Thorne prize and the Wilson prize?

If your venture fits both categories, you may apply for both. Reviewers and judges for both prizes are different and if selected, you will only be chosen as a finalist for one prize.

Thorne Wilson
Funding Amount: $25,000 Funding Amount: $10,000
Focus: Social Innovation in Health or Education Focus: Technological solutions to address health disparities
Region: Domestic and/or International Region: Domestic Only

How can I best prepare my application and receive feedback?
Schedule office hours with Fatema Basrai, Assistant Director of IHY.