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.


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

  • Amazon Web Services credits

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


SPRING 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. Teams will consult with their IA to choose additional electives that are most useful to them.

Note that additional dates for pitch practice and a post-Accelerator talk back will be added shortly. Teams will be informed of these mandatory dates before their acceptance.

Saturday, 2/169am-5pmKickoff: Overview, Working in Teams, Mission + Vision
Saturday, 3/29am-5pmCustomer: Customer Research, Lean Startup Methodology, MVPs, Prototyping, Testing
Saturday, 3/309am–5pmTools: Business Models, Legal, Pitching, Emotional Intelligence for Founders
Thursday, 4/4TBAPitch-Off



The For-Profit and Non-Profit Startup Accelerators utilize the same application. Applications are DUE at 11:59pm on January 16, 2019.


For questions regarding the accelerator or application, please contact Emma Funk ( or Nya Holder ( You can also refer to our info session slides for general information on the Accelerator and what to expect.