Labs & Initiatives

Beyond our core programs and resources, CITY plays a catalyst role in launching longer-term offerings at Yale. These efforts extend beyond a single semester, aiming to create a critical mass of opportunities around timely topics and to build lasting innovations. With a focus on enriching Yale’s innovation ecosystem and its capacity for real-world impact, these offerings are often led by CITY Innovators in Residence — who bring unique expertise and ideas to the Yale community — or created in partnership with experts and changemakers from around Yale’s campus. Our longer-term efforts take two primary forms: labs and initiatives.

A lab is a physical or virtual space for experimentation. Providing a hub for testing novel ideas around a given topic or framework, labs can house a range of programs and projects. They often play the role of incubator for new projects, offering space, tools, and support to get ideas off the ground. An initiative is a group of programs and projects that collectively aim to focus energy on an area of particular interest and relevance. Initiatives encompass four key components: programming, partnerships, actionable research and learning, and network-building.


Current labs & initiatives

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Knowledge Equity Initiative

2017 Yale World Fellow and current CITY Innovator in Residence Baljeet Sandhu has launched the Knowledge Equity Initiative (KEI), which will focus on how we can meaningfully and equitably value the knowledge gathered through lived, and learned, experience to lead social change, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The KEI is a groundbreaking research, education, and practice hub seeking to share knowledge and learning across local, national, and global communities. Please contact Baljeet Sandhu ( for more information. Subscribe to the Knowledge Equity mailing list.

Current programs and projects include:

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Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Yale (WE@Yale) is a cross-campus community to support women and non-binary femme innovators and entrepreneurs by providing skill-building, storytelling, and community. Whether you are interested in starting a high-tech, high-growth venture or in creating a novel non-profit organization to address complex societal challenges, WE@Yale aims to provide an infrastructure of support to help you get your project off the ground.

Current programs and projects include:

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Yale OpenLab

The Yale OpenLab develops and incubates open-source projects that seek to address the planet’s most pressing big-picture challenges. The OpenLab brings together emerging technologies — including blockchain, the Internet of Things, and virtual reality — with systems thinking and design thinking, aiming to create collaborative models of innovation that can scale. Currently, the lab’s projects and programs are focusing on climate and energy.

Current programs and projects include: