CITY Programs

Tsai CITY runs a diverse set of programs around innovation and entrepreneurship. Some are well-tested, some are experimental. Some, we hope, will be built on ideas from you! The menu of programs will evolve every semester and summer -- become a member to get involved!

 
 
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Photo credit: Don McCullough, Flickr.

CITY Startup Accelerator

You: Have a killer startup idea. Or maybe just an instinct.
We:  Work with you to test it, develop it, and turn it (maybe!) into a viable business.  

The CITY Startup Accelerator is an intensive, iterative, hands-on, cohort-based program that delivers access to workshops, mentors, coaching, peer collaborators, and, not least, funding.

Dates: October-December 2017. And then again, March-April 2018.
Application deadlines: Sept. 18, 2017.  And then Jan. 18, 2018.

 
Photo credit: Adam Meek, Flickr.

Photo credit: Adam Meek, Flickr.

CITY Nonprofit Accelerator

You: Want to build a nonprofit, civic, arts, social, community, political, faith, or other nonprofit organization.
We: Help you design, refine, iterate, and launch it.

The CITY Nonprofit Accelerator is an intensive, iterative, hands-on, cohort-based program delivering access to funding, workshops, mentors, peer collaborators and, not least, funding. 

Dates: October-December 2017. And then again, March-April 2018.
Application deadlines: Sept. 18, 2017.  And then Jan. 18, 2018.

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CITY Innovation Advisors

The CITY Innovation Advisors are a crackerjack team of experienced graduate & professional school students who staff the CITY Startup and Nonprofit Accelerators, and provide coaching in innovation and entrepreneurship to Yale organizations and startups of all kinds, from businesses to student clubs to academic departments and centers. Innovation Advisors help select, manage, and fund the Accelerators' portfolios.

Applications are now closed.

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Image credit: Dean Meyers, Flickr.

CITY Summer Fellowship

An 8-week intensive summer bootcamp to incubate new companies and nonprofits. Teams can go from sketch to launch by summer’s end. Approximately 10 teams will be chosen in a highly competitive process. The fellowship includes $15,000 for the team, along with a rigorous sequence of workshops, sprints, mentorship, coaching, and pitch opportunities.

Dates: March-July, 2018
Application deadline: January 2018

 

Leaders Innovation Lab

A roundtable program for students in leadership positions in student clubs or organizations of any stripe. Over 6 weekly dinners, participants will strengthen core leadership and operational skills, explore techniques for driving innovation and effectiveness, and build bonds with peers across different types of organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to be matched with a dream mentor! Participation is by application.

Dates: October-November 2017.
Application deadline: September 23, 2017

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Photo credit: WOCinTech, Flickr.

Founders Innovation Lab

A roundtable program for students who are interested in being founders -- people who start and scale a company, nonprofit, civic, community, artistic, cultural, or other organization. Over 6 weekly dinners, participants will dive into mindsets, motivations, and skills around founderhood;  explore techniques for building early-stage teams, finding allies, and iterating product and service offerings;  and build bonds with peers across different types of organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to be matched with a dream mentor! Participation is by application.

Dates: October-November 2017.
Application deadline: September 23, 2017

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Pop-Up Workshops

CITY will be hosting a wide range of one-off workshops that give students practical opportunities to develop and hone their innovative and entrepreneurial skills. Tracks will include: design thinking, lean startup, innovation practices, art+science, and professional skills for social entrepreneurs and tech startups.

Dates: Monthly, September 2017-June 2018.

 
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Photo credit: Morning Theft, Flickr.

WE@Yale & Yale Women Innovator Series

Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Yale is a cross-campus community for women and non-binary femme innovators and entrepreneurs providing skill-building, story-telling and community.

Yale Women Innovators is a weekly event series that brings women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share their stories and provide actionable skills training in storytelling and skill-building sessions. Open to all Yale women students, alumni and staff.

Dates: Tuesdays, weekly.  September. 2017-June 2018..

 
Photo credit: Pablo Barzman, Flickr.

Photo credit: Pablo Barzman, Flickr.

CITY Organizational & Startup Clinic

CITY provides on-demand support and coaching for students who want to improve or innovate the operations of their Yale-based organization, startup, club, advocacy org, art collective, political movement, singing or improv group, secret society, or whatever.

Dates: Anytime

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”

Miles Davis

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