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SHI Venture Development Program

In partnership with the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY), The SHI venture development program is open to Yale students seeking to innovate and address complex global health challenges. The specialized programming is embedded within Tsai CITY’s venture development programs and supported by expert coaching from the SHI core team, SHI fellows and SHI Mentors-in-Residence (MIRs).


What is the benefit of joining the SHI/CITY Venture Development Program?
The health innovation specialized programming provides participants with access to SHI’s network of health innovators, mentors, and fellows. In addition to a robust venture development curriculum through Tsai CITY, teams who opt into the SHI programming will work with an SHI venture fellow as well as SHI Mentors-in-Residence to build and test their ideas. Ventures may also have access to grant funding specifically for SHI participants.

What is the time commitment?
The time commitment for Tsai CITY’s venture development programming is variable. SHI programming participants will have access to coaching with their SHI venture fellow along with SHI Mentors-in-Residence.

When does the next SHI venture development program begin?
We encourage all teams interested in SHI’s specialized programming to apply to either the Tsai CITY launchpad or fall accelerator and opt in to the SHI specialized programming in September to get the most out of the program opportunities. However, the application for the CITY’s launchpad program is rolling.

Who can apply?
Innovators from all disciplines with ideas to address complex health challenges around the world are encouraged to apply. The program is open to anyone within the Yale student, faculty, or alumni network though each team must have at least one current Yale student in a key role.

Can my startup be a non-profit organization or project?

When will applications open?
Applications will be open beginning in Fall 2023.

Who can I contact to learn more?
Please schedule office hours with Fatema Basrai, Managing Director of SHI, to learn more.