We’re here to help you take action and get your innovative ideas into the world — and that’s not always cheap. CITY offers several funding streams, and we can connect you to prizes and other funding sources across campus.

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CITY offers two core funds that support individual students and student organizations. Applications are accepted at any time during the fall and spring semesters, and awarded once a week (on Fridays).

Student Innovation FunD

Individual students can apply to the Student Innovation Fund for up to $500 for any of the following that are related to innovation and entrepreneurship:

  • Supplies

  • Any other necessary costs to move forward with an innovative idea or project

This funding cannot be used to pay Yale students for their time as a stipend or wage.



Student Event Fund

Student clubs and organizations can apply to the Student Event Fund for up to $500 of matching funds for any event that:

  • Relates to innovation or entrepreneurship

  • Promotes diversity and inclusion

  • Enables interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Results in some kind of concrete action

Note that these are matching funds: CITY will contribute no more than half of the cost of an event (up to $500), and you must have already received the amount to be matched from another sponsor before you can apply to this fund.

This funding cannot be used to pay Yale students for their time as a stipend or wage.



The Arts & Media Innovation Awards are a collaboration between Tsai CITY and the AACC to encourage art and multi-media explorations of Asian American identity. Asian American representation in mainstream media has been minimal, and we wish to encourage any student interested in creating a project that addresses this issue to apply. Five $500 awards were granted in fall 2018.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Arts & Media Innovation Awards!

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Yale offers four entrepreneurship prizes that share a single application, two of which are awarded through CITY. These prizes are designed to support world-changing ideas from Yale students around health, education, sustainability, and technology.

PrizeAwarded ByFor
Miller PrizeTsai CITYa tech or tech-enabled service startup
Rothberg Catalyzer Prize @ YaleTsai CITY and Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT)an innovative hardware solution to a medical challenge
Sabin Sustainable Venture PrizeCenter for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY)products, services, projects, or programs that advance a more sustainable way of life
Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or EducationInnovateHealth Yalesocial innovation in health or education
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For other funding sources at Yale, consult this guide to entrepreneurship funding.

For grants and startup seed funding opportunities, check out the resources shared at Yale Wiki CITY.

For questions about funding innovative projects and ventures, speak with one of our mentors in residence who specializes in funding and fundraising.