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Sustainable Health Initiative

The Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI) provides a global health business accelerator for early to mid-stage companies striving to impact the world through social, health and environmental solutions.


To improve health outcomes in India and around the globe by catalyzing startups that address complex global health challenges. SHI startups identify and seek solutions for issues ranging from infectious disease to urban health and the environment.

The Challenge

Through the Sustainable Health Initiative, Yale students, faculty, and alumni strive to solve some of the most complex global health challenges using business-minded approaches creative problem solving and multi-disciplinary solutions.

The Sustainable Development Goals as set by the United Nations recognize that promoting global health equity to end poverty will be achieved through strategies that address health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth and respect the environment. Entrepreneurship is a vital part of this approach to cultivate investment in sustainable solutions. The Sustainable Health Initiative is a collaboration between the Yale Institute for Global Health, Yale School of Public Health, and The CoWrks Foundry to connect the innovation ecosystem at Yale to that of Bangalore, India to cultivate health and health care startups for social impact.

SHI startups selected from Yale and India will have innovative solutions that address these challenges:

  • Infectious and vector-borne diseases
  • Urban health and the environment
  • Maternal, child, and newborn health
  • Water and sanitation
  • Non-communicable diseases

The Solution

Selected startups receive funding up to $70,000 USD or Indian Rupee equivalent providing an equity position. Participants enroll in a six-month accelerator curriculum at The CoWrks Foundry during which they will be mentored by Yale faculty and have access to a network of Indian industry experts that serve as coaches to support the company’s growth and development. Professionals and entrepreneurs from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

SHI Accelerator Program

Please check back for updates on this page. In the meantime, please complete this short expression of interest form.

Are you interested in the program or have more questions? Schedule office hours with Fatema Basrai, Sustainable Health Initiative Innovation Manager