Three graduates of the Innovation to Impact (I2I) training program at Yale are collaborating on a poster presentation at the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction conference March 23-25 in Albuquerque, NM.
Laura Holt (’21), Nick Christian (’22) and Amanda Gilmore (’18) connected via the I2I Google Group when Holt emailed the group to see who else might be attending the conference, and who might be interested in collaborating on a session.
The presentation is titled, "How Entrepreneurship Training Can Facilitate Intervention Dissemination." Holt’s project is to prevent the diversion and misuse of prescription stimulants, especially among college students. Christian’s project, titled “The Well,” is dedicated to improving access to recovery in supportive housing. Gilmore’s project is to reduce heavy episodic drinking and sexual assault especially among college students.
I2I is a NIDA-funded initiative led by faculty and researchers at Yale who train substance use researchers in entrepreneurship to get their ventures to market. The program sponsors training sessions – it has had five cohorts since 2018 -- on entrepreneurship and product development, virtual office hours to access an extensive network of new venture mentors, seed funding for new ventures, and training in how to promote a culture of entrepreneurship locally.