Tsai CITY’s Accelerator, which runs every fall and spring semester, guides students and teams with innovative ideas through the process of building effective organizations, projects, and ventures through workshops, mentorship, and funding.
Applicable ideas include (but are not limited to!) for-profit businesses, social enterprises, non-profits, civic or arts start-ups, faith-based organizations, apps, tech platforms, community programs, and civic/social movements. Teams of all sizes are welcome, though each team must include at least one full-time Yale student.
Core and elective workshops to help you build out your idea
Mentorship through an Innovation Advisor matched to your team, and other mentors in your field and/or with specific expertise to support your work
One-on-one sessions with experts on topics such pitching and legal advice
$1000 of non-dilutive funding
Amazon Web Services credits
The chance to be part of an awesome group of innovators from around Yale!
FALL 2018 Program Dates
The Accelerator is designed to serve students in building out and launching startups, nonprofits, and projects. All sessions and events are mandatory, as are weekly meetings between teams and their IAs. Teams will consult with their IA to choose additional electives that are most useful to them.
|9/10||11:59pm||Accelerator applications due|
|Week of 9/17||Accelerator applicant interviews|
|9/21||by 5pm||Accelerator final decisions released|
|9/29||9am–5pm||Retreat: Overview of the Accelerator, Mission + Vision, Building an Organization|
|10/5||12:30–3pm||Session 1: Customer/User Discovery|
|10/9||5–6pm||Elective: Branding + Visual Identity for Startups|
|10/12||12:30–3pm||Session 2: Lean Startup Methodology|
|10/26||12:30–3pm||Session 3: MVPs, Prototyping, Testing|
|11/2||12:30–3pm||Session 4: Business Models|
|11/7||5–7pm||Elective: Financing Nonprofits: Philanthropic Fundraising + Grant Writing|
|11/8||4:30–6pm||Elective: Raising Startup Capital|
|11/9||12:30–3pm||Session 5: Pitching|
|Week of 11/12||pitch coaching|
|11/15||5–8pm||Accelerator Pitch Off|
|11/16||12:30–3pm||Emotional Intelligence for Founders|
The For-Profit and Non-Profit Startup Accelerators utilize the same application. Applications are DUE at 11:59pm on September 10, 2018.
For questions regarding the accelerator or application, please contact Emma Funk (email@example.com) or Nya Holder (firstname.lastname@example.org).