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. The Accelerator provides an enriching learning opportunity for students with innovative ideas.

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. This extracurricular activity is expected to take 5-10 hours per week.

Students pitch.

Accelerator Resources

  • 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 grant

  • The chance to be part of an awesome group of innovators from around Yale!

FALL 2019 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. The dates for the fall Accelerator are 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, and 11/8. There will also be a pitch-off at the end of the accelerator program (date: TBD). Please make sure you and your team members are available on these dates.


We can’t wait to learn more about your ideas! Applications are due at 12pm on September 11, 2019.


For questions regarding the Accelerator or application, please contact Zoe Hunter (