Intensives are multi-session, cohort-based experiential learning opportunities that go deep on a specific topic. Our fall 2019 Intensives are listed below.

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Financing Innovative Ideas Intensive

Seven sessions, 6pm-9pm: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 1/27, 2/3 (dates subject to change)

This will be Tsai CITY’s first-ever Intensive focused on finance. We’ll explore how to raise and direct capital towards innovation that makes the world a better place.

If you fit any of the following descriptions, then this is the intensive for you!

  • You’re working on an impact-oriented venture and you’re looking to build a financial model while also communicating harder-to-capture forms of value.

  • You’re looking to make impact-oriented investments in your career, and you want to learn how to build and assess financial information.

  • You think it’s important to direct financial flows towards social and environmental innovation, and you may not know a lot about it, but you’re willing to dive in and learn (even if it’s a lot of really hard work).

Students will work in teams to build financial models, develop financing strategies, and communicate impact in creative ways that might not be apparent from the numbers alone. Students will have time over winter break to ground-truth their assumptions and build out their models in detail (students can dedicate as much time as they see fit during this period). Then they’ll reconvene in the spring to share their work and assess what others have produced.

The Intensive will be a great opportunity to explore issues at the intersection of finance, entrepreneurship, and social/environmental responsibility. 

Applications have closed for this Intensive.


Five sessions, 1:30pm-4:30pm: 10/3, 10/10, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14

For the food-obsessed, ambitious home cooks, and mission-driven eaters, step away from your studies with an extracurricular deep-dive you can really dig your teeth into: Tsai CITY’s Food Product Intensive. In collaboration with the Yale Landscape Lab and Yale Sustainable Food Program, our Food Product Intensive will explore how to take an idea or prototype — like your experimental concept for plankton-based pasta or a dream to build a product around culturally-important grains — from a brainstorm in your dorm kitchen to the global market.

Five sessions will walk you through the steps of transforming an idea into a product, and a product into production: addressing mission and ethics, defining your brand, sourcing ingredients, manufacturing food products and taking them to market, and scaling up. Learn from industry experts about what principles for success look like in the food industry, whether it’s techniques for crafting your own secret recipe or connecting with the right people for your key ingredients. Your ideas and experience will be further enriched through in-depth mentorship, hands-on workshops and site visits, as well as group critiques of what you and your team have been working on. Join us in building an innovative, thoughtful, and purpose-minded food entrepreneurship community at Yale.

Applications have closed for this Intensive.

Paper to Prototype: App Design Basics

Five sessions: 9/12 (6:30pm-8:30pm), 9/19 (6:30pm-8:30pm), 9/26 (6:30pm-8:30pm), 9/28 (10am-3pm), 10/3 (6:30pm-8:30pm)

If you’ve ever had an idea for an app but didn’t know how to start making it a reality, this Intensive is for you! This Tsai CITY Intensive is a no-programming-necessary crash course in designing, prototyping, and testing apps. We will be learning the basics of user interface design, app storyboarding, wireframing, building a visual system and brand, and user testing. The workshops will walk through specific tools and techniques of app design, and by the end of the workshop you should have an interactive mockup of an app.

Applications have closed for this Intensive.