Social Innovation Intensive Application Deadline
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Social Innovation Intensive Application Deadline

What is the Social Innovation Intensive?

The Social Innovation Intensive will engage students who care deeply about social issues in exploring a variety of models and approaches and reflecting on their own motivations and disposition in order to define opportunities for collaborative changemaking. The intensive will be led by Tsai CITY staff, including CITY’s new Fellow-in-Residence Baljeet Sandhu—one of Yale’s World Fellows and an award-winning UK human rights lawyer whose work spans human rights, social innovation, and social and economic justice.

 

The Intensive will consist of:

  • 5 group sessions between March 5th and April 20th on:
    • Different approaches and models for changemaking
    • The important of community buy-in no matter your approach
    • The many pitfalls and challenges of trying to create and scale change
    • Frameworks for thinking about ethics and power when it comes to your own role in leading and contributing to positive change
  • Individual mentoring sessions throughout that time, to guide you in the process of:
    • Tracking your own reactions and reflection throughout the learning process
    • Interviewing social change leaders who work on issues you care about
    • Articulate your WHY and the METHOD of social change that best suits you

 

Who is the Social Innovation Intensive for?

This program is for you if you care deeply about a cause, but you’re not sure what kind of action would be most impactful (or that you are personally equipped or positioned to create). 

 

This program is for you if you’re passionate about putting communities at the heart of social change initiatives. 

 

This program is for you if you can’t seem to choose a single cause that matters to you, because they all matter to you and you see them as interconnected. 

 

This program is for you if there are so many things to care about—and the scope and urgency of all of those issues sometimes overwhelms you and makes any practical action seem grossly insufficient. 

 

This program is for you if you’re skeptical about whether starting a venture or organization would actually be productive—and you want to understand other models for collaborating, contributing, and making change in partnership with communities. 

 

This program is for you if you have more questions than answers—and if some of those questions keep you up at night. 

 

This program is for you if you want to understand yourself better, so that you can better help others. 

 

Applications are due Friday, February 23rd at 11:59pm

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Professional Skills Workshop: Financing Nonprofits
Feb
23
4:30 PM16:30

Professional Skills Workshop: Financing Nonprofits

Many a great impact idea (and organization) is abandoned because it seems unfundable—but that doesn’t have to be the case. Join Peter Boyd (Social Entrepreneur, CBEY Executive Fellow-in-Residence and CITY Mentor-in-Residence) and nonprofit development expert Katie Thacker for an interactive workshop on the many models available for financing nonprofits—and how those models translate into fundraising strategies. Focus your energy, find your niche, and advance your work!

Cosponsored by CBEY and Tsai CITY.

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Professional Skills Workshop: Crowdfunding with Indiegogo
Feb
26
4:30 PM16:30

Professional Skills Workshop: Crowdfunding with Indiegogo

We know you've got great ideas. Wondering how to get them off the ground? Join Indiegogo's Sarah Meister to find out how to make the most of crowdfunding—what kind of ideas succeed on crowdfunding platforms, how to present your idea, and how to market your campaign. Since joining Indiegogo in 2016, Sarah has worked with over 60 campaigns launching consumer products. In the last year, Sarah was featured as an expert in Wharton's Coursera course on crowdfunding and was awarded NYC’s 33 Under 33 Award for Marketing, among other accolades. Before Indiegogo, she was Head of Projects at Vann Alexandra, a creative agency for crowdfunding campaigns, where she worked on over 30 campaigns with a variety of different clients across film, technology, design, and publishing.

Cosponsored by CBEY & Tsai CITY.

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Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series: Introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology
Feb
27
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series: Introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology

Yale Women Innovators is a weekly event series that brings women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share their stories and provide actionable skills training in storytelling and skill-building sessions.

This session will provide an introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology, one of the frameworks used to launch new products and ventures. We will discuss how Lean Startup differs from traditional approaches to entrepreneurship and learn the terminology behind the framework. Whether you are an entrepreneur creating a new consumer or enterprise product, or an intrapreneur, creating a new product/service internal to your company, we will discuss how you can use the Lean Startup Methodology to test and iterate on your idea.  

**Open to all Yale women and non-binary femme students, alumni, faculty staff, and community members.**

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Driving Innovative Change with Rodrigo Canales
Feb
27
5:00 PM17:00

Driving Innovative Change with Rodrigo Canales

  • SOM 2430, Yale School of Management (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why all this hype about “innovation”? Why are all organizations large and small devoting increasing amounts of attention and resources to it? Is it just a fad or is there something deeper behind it? In this session we will discuss the broader shifts that can partially explain this interest in innovation—including whether “innovation” as a concept is useful at all. In particular, we will explore how the world has evolved, demanding more complex and systemic types of innovation, for which existing organizations and business models are not well suited. We will also discuss what this means for how organizations should be thinking about their innovation efforts.

SPEAKER BIO: Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals are affected by and in turn purposefully change complex organizations or systems. Rodrigo's work explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them. His work contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. Rodrigo has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance, as well as in the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. His current research is divided in three streams. The first focuses on the structural determinants of the quality of startup employment. The second, in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation, explores the conditions under which development policies and practices are built upon and incorporate existing, rigorous evidence. The third, with generous support from the Merida Initiative, explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico. Rodrigo teaches the Innovator Perspective at Yale SOM; he sits in the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; he spent the 2014-2015 academic year advising the Mexican government on the US-Mexico bilateral relationship; and sits in the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.

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Tsai CITY Membership Orientation
Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

Tsai CITY Membership Orientation

Join us for snacks and tea, and find out how to become a CITY member! We will discuss member benefits, our programs, and introduce CITY staff.

To become a CITY member you must attend one of these orientations. If you can't make this  time, don't worry - more dates coming soon!

For Yale University community members - must have Yale Net ID

Register here!

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Professional Skills Workshop: Measuring Social Impact
Mar
1
4:30 PM16:30

Professional Skills Workshop: Measuring Social Impact

Data doesn’t have to be daunting, but impact measurement really can help you create and maximize your impact. Rather than thinking about impact measurement as a reporting tool, this workshop will frame how insights from your target population can be key drivers behind decision-making. Jessica Martin will present Acumen’s “Lean Data” approach to measuring social impact, and discuss case studies from companies that have used Lean Data to gain new insights to refine their value proposition. You’ll walk away with practical tools and techniques for measuring impact, like how to choose a data collection tool, and how to write a streamlined survey.

Cosponsored by CBEY & Tsai CITY.

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Yale Prizes Info Session
Mar
1
4:30 PM16:30

Yale Prizes Info Session

Yale offers four $25,000 entrepreneurship prizes that are designed to generate world-changing ideas around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability and technology. This info session will cover all four of these prizes, describing mentorship opportunities and the application process. The deadline to apply for mentorship is January 31. Final applications are due March 28.

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Blockchain For Sustainable Solutions Conference
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Blockchain For Sustainable Solutions Conference

How can we design blockchain products and solutions that address urgent environmental and social challenges? Join us the morning of Friday, March 2nd 9:00am - 1:00pm for a conference that brings together students and blockchain innovators from diverse organizations (e.g. IBM, Conservation International, Rocky Mountain Institute, ConsenSys) to explore how the technology can be harnessed to address urgent problems, including climate change, deforestation, and humanitarian crises. Speakers will discuss emerging applications for blockchain that range from energy and water trading, food and fashion supply chain transparency, voting, and conservation finance.


PROGRAM

Kickoff: How Blockchain Works

Panel I: ENERGY & WATER

Panel II: SUPPLY CHAINS

Panel III: GOVERNANCE

CLOSING: Next Steps at Yale & Beyond

The Blockchain for Sustainable Solutions Conference is organized by “B&E” which is a joint club/student interest group between the Yale School of Management (SOM) and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) for students interested in the intersection of business and the environment. Co-sponsors include the Yale Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (CITY), Center for Business and Environment at Yale (CBEY), and F&ES Energy Student Interest Group. 

Location: Burke Auditorium | Kroon Hall, 3rd floor | 195 Prospect St.

Time: Friday, March 2nd,  9:00am - 1:00pm

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Budgeting and Financial Modeling for Social Startups
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Budgeting and Financial Modeling for Social Startups

  • Yale School of Management, Room 2420 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Awards season might seem to be all about looking good—but when it comes to funding applications, the numbers have to add up. For teams applying for one of Yale’s four $25k prizes or for other funding sources, join us for a workshop on whipping your budget and financial model into shape. Once you register, we’ll send guidelines for designing your budget. Bring your draft to the workshop, and our financial experts will work with you to make it application-ready.

Register here for this amazing event!

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Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series featuring Liz Danzico, Creative Director, NPR
Mar
6
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series featuring Liz Danzico, Creative Director, NPR

Yale Women Innovators is a weekly event series that brings women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share their stories and provide actionable skills training in storytelling and skill-building sessions.

**Open to all Yale women and non-binary femme students, alumni, faculty staff, and community members.**

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Art Meets Biology: Interactive Design Workshop with Microscope Images
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Art Meets Biology: Interactive Design Workshop with Microscope Images

  • Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What happens at the intersection of your imagination and scientific sight? Join us and find out through this workshop, where Tsai CITY Science Enabler Alyssa Siefert, PhD, will share microscope images captured by Yale researchers as the basis for participants to create crazy new images that push the boundaries of art and biology. Your imagery will be judged by a panel of designers and scientists, and winning submissions will have their art printed on a custom tote bag!

A light dinner will be served at 5:30pm.

Graphic design software (like the Adobe suite) is available in the CCAM computer lab. No science or design knowledge necessary!

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Save the Date: See Something, Do Something Pitch Off!
Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Save the Date: See Something, Do Something Pitch Off!

InnovateHealth Yale and Dwight Hall partnered with Career High School to teach a 16-session course on social entrepreneurship and human-centered design.

Join us on Fri, March 9th from 5-7pm for a dinner celebration where you will hear from our students about the solutions they developed for community issues in New Haven.

 

Please RSVP HERE.

 

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Tsai CITY Membership Orientation
Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

Tsai CITY Membership Orientation

Join us for snacks and tea, and find out how to become a CITY member! We will discuss member benefits, our programs, and introduce CITY staff.

To become a CITY member you must attend one of these orientations. If you can't make this  time, don't worry - more dates coming soon!

For Yale University community members - must have Yale Net ID

Register here!

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Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series featuring Rosie Atkins, Vice-President, HomeBase
Mar
27
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series featuring Rosie Atkins, Vice-President, HomeBase

Yale Women Innovators is a weekly event series that brings women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country to share their stories and provide actionable skills training in storytelling and skill-building sessions.

**Open to all Yale women and non-binary femme students, alumni, faculty staff, and community members.**

 

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Professional Skills Workshop: Asking the Right Questions
Apr
2
4:30 PM16:30

Professional Skills Workshop: Asking the Right Questions

Understanding your audience—a simple task, no? But great research can help you design great solutions. Join Becky Slogeris, human-centered designer and Associate Director of the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art, for a hands-on workshop on how to do thoughtful, effective customer research. For the workshop, you’ll work on a research challenge posed by the leaders of a Yale-based social enterprise. Join us to learn about the human-centered design process with a focus on the research phase—meeting your target population where they are, asking great questions, and drawing deep insights from what you’ve heard.

Cosponsored by CBEY & Tsai CITY.

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Startup Grind Presents: Steve Kokinos (Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Fuze)
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Startup Grind Presents: Steve Kokinos (Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Fuze)

Steve Kokinos (co-founder of Fuze) has spearhead the company’s mission to revolutionize how businesses communicate.

In recognition of his contribution, Steve was awarded the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in New England.

Fuze provides customers a single communication platform combining voice, video, messaging and contact center. The company has raised more than $300mm from investors including Wellington ManagementGreenspring AssociatesSummit PartnersBessemer Ventures Partners and G20.

Prior to Fuze, Steve was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc (data center automation, IPO in 2007) and WebYes, Inc. (acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999). After the WebYes acquisition, he played an important role at Breakaway, leading the application service provider business as the company moved towards an IPO in 2002.

Steve will join us to talk about how he ended up as an entrepreneur, built more than 1 multi-million dollar startup, and where he sees the future business communication. 

Yale folks can use the following for free tickets: CITYFreeTickets

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Startup Yale
Apr
16
to Apr 20

Startup Yale

Startup Yale brings together Yale’s biggest entrepreneurship awards in one day of pitches, prizes and world-changing ideas.

Yale has four $25,000 entrepreneurship prizes that share a single application. These prizes are designed to generate world-changing ideas from Yale students around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability and technology. The event is being held Mon., April 16-Fri., April 20, 2018 at Yale School of Management (165 Whitney Ave., New Haven) and other locations on campus.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE:

Mon., April 16, 4:30-7pm: Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize

Tues., April 17, 11:45am-12:45pm: Bright Lights, Green Sights Speaker; 4-7pm: WE@Yale Event (TBD)

Wed., April 18, 5.30-7.30pm: Tsai CITY Accelerator Pitchoff

Thurs.. April 19, 5-8pm: Food Entrepreneurship Popup/Expo at Landscape Lab @ West Campus (TBD)

Fri., April 20, 9:30-11:30am: Aetna Foundation Prize; 12-1pm: Keynote Speaker; 1:15-3:15pm: Thorne Prize; 3:30-5:30pm: Miller Prize; 6-9pm: Celebration Reception (New Haven Lawn Club)

DETAILS HERE

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Careers in Tech Talk with Alison Wagonfeld
Feb
22
5:30 PM17:30

Careers in Tech Talk with Alison Wagonfeld

Looking for career advice that won’t tell you to get your head out of the clouds? Bring us your tech career questions, your Silicon Valley startup job qualms, and your future-of-tech quandaries. We’ll answer those questions and many more in our fireside chat with one of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area”—Alison Wagonfeld, CMO of Google Cloud (Google’s fast-growing enterprise cloud business, including Google Cloud Platform ("GCP"), G Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar), Maps and Education). Before Google, Alison was an Operating Partner at Emergence Capital, a Bay Area VC firm focused on enterprise cloud companies. She cofounded QuickenLoans at Intuit, ran marketing for a venture-backed startup, and served as Executive Director of the Harvard Business School California Research Center. Alison will talk about her own journey and advise on professional pathways in technology and Bay Area startups.

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Design a Future Worth Fighting For
Feb
22
4:30 PM16:30

Design a Future Worth Fighting For

 

Having the future you want, starts by showing up for the world in a way that invites it. In this workshop Brent Robertson and Matt Reiniger of Fathom will introduce the concept of Future Design, a practice of creating conditions that encourage the kind of future you want to live into. Through this interactive session, Matt and Brent will introduce a multi-dimentional way to think with and and act from that will give you a lot more say in how your future emerges.

 

Attendees will be introduced to frameworks that:

  • Help us shift our relationship with our world from reacting to it, to proactively creating it
  • Have the stories we live and tell, invite the future we want to have
  • Allow us to draw out the ambitions and creative energy in those around us

About Brent

Brent works with leaders to design futures worth fighting for. A partner at Fathom, he champions an approach to strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership succession and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships. As a result, his clients don’t simply plan their futures, they bring them to life through the energy of organization-wide involvement in, and commitment to, generating valuable businesses that matter.

 

About Matt

Matt turns possibilities into realities. For over a decade, Matt Reiniger has been at the intersection of made things, and the stories and strategies that connect them to those who can benefit from them most. At Fathom, Matt uses innovation, branding, and market research techniques to create breakthrough products and services that form stronger, more meaningful connections in the lives of individuals and organizations and communities.

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Creative Unrest: A Dinner with Jessica Bellamy
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Unrest: A Dinner with Jessica Bellamy

Join visiting guest Jessica Bellamy for an informal lunch—learn about her work and ask questions!

As a Design Justice advocate, Jessica Bellamy works with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information. As an Adobe Creative Resident, Jessica’s overall goal is to change the face of Communication Design. She’ll be tackling new approaches to her creative process, execution, and evaluation in order to develop a new method to provoke a cultural shift. In 2015 Jessica created GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio, which solely works with nonprofits and community groups.

 

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Professional Skills: Pitch Your Venture
Feb
20
4:30 PM16:30

Professional Skills: Pitch Your Venture

Whether you engage or persuade your audience depends on the design and delivery of your pitch. In this interactive workshop with William Vance from Executive Voice, learn the techniques used by the 2017 winners of Sabin, Thorne, Aetna, and Miller Prizes and discover best practices for organizing your ideas into a simple, compelling story that will connect with your audience. You’ll work with coaches to polish your pitch—including your pacing, energy, and clarity. You’ll learn to present as a cohesive team, and how to leverage audience questions. 

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Infographics for Social Change: a Graphic Ally Hackathon
Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

Infographics for Social Change: a Graphic Ally Hackathon

Led by Design Justice Advocate and Adobe Creative Resident Jessica Bellamy, the Graphic Ally Hackathon will lead participants to partner with a local nonprofit, 'r kids Family Center, and discuss public narratives and create infographics that support their work. This workshop will explore how creativity and design can serve social causes and movements and how images and stories can motivate and empower communities.

SIGN UP HERE

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Yale Women Innovators Breakfast: “Design Justice Advocacy” Jessica Bellamy, Adobe Creative Resident
Feb
20
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovators Breakfast: “Design Justice Advocacy” Jessica Bellamy, Adobe Creative Resident

  • Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a Design Justice advocate, Jessica works with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information. As an Adobe Creative Resident, Jessica’s overall goal is to change the face of Communication Design. She’ll be tackling new approaches to her creative process, execution, and evaluation in order to develop a new method to provoke a cultural shift.

In 2015 Jessica created GRIDS:. GRIDS solely works with nonprofits and community groups.

Register here

 

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Grant Applications 101
Feb
19
11:45 AM11:45

Grant Applications 101

  • Yale School of Management (SOM) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Grant Applications 101

2/19, 11:45am-12:45pm -SOM/2420

Talking about money is awkward. Asking for money can be worse. But grants are one of the best ways to get your ideas off the ground and into the world. Led by Katie Thatcher (grantwriter at the Alice Ferguson Foundation and grantwriter/grantmaker at EarthRights International), Hannah Stonebraker (grantwriter at Tebeka-Legal Advocacy for Ethopian Israelis and grant manager at International Women’s Media Foundation), and Emma Funk (Social Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Tsai Center for Innovation Thinking at Yale) this workshop will walk through how to write a great grant or award application: choosing the right grant to apply for, analyzing the description and criteria, and tailoring your writing to your audience. We’ll talk through best practices, and then walk through examples of common pitfalls. You’ll walk away with newfound confidence to go get that next award!

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Freedom Song
Feb
17
12:00 PM12:00

Freedom Song

  • 127 Wall Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this workshop we will learn about the power of music to create social change. We will start by exploring a history of protest songs by artists such as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, and discuss the political relevance of those songs today.  Then we will hear stories from global hip hop movements that seek to challenge oppression with expression through their own unique forms of “RAPtivism” (rap activism). In the second half of the workshop we will learn some fundamental emceeing/songwriting skills, and put them into practice by creating our own 'RAPtivism' (rap activism) freedom song verses. This workshop will inspire participants to question the status quo, see culture as a tool for social change, and to critically explore what a more free world might look like through their own creative expression. In addition to gaining some hip hop pedagogy tools, participants will also learn strategies for building solidarity through sound. This workshop is geared towards educators, administrators and students of all skill levels.

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Tsai CITY Membership Orientation
Feb
15
4:00 PM16:00

Tsai CITY Membership Orientation

Join us for snacks and tea, and find out how to become a CITY member! We will discuss member benefits, our programs, and introduce CITY staff.

To become a CITY member you must attend one of these orientations. If you can't make this time, don't worry - more dates coming soon!

For Yale University community members - must have Yale Net ID

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Professional Skills Workshop: Business Planning for Impact
Feb
13
4:30 PM16:30

Professional Skills Workshop: Business Planning for Impact

Calling for profits and nonprofits alike! Join Peter Boyd (Social Entrepreneur, CBEY Executive Fellow-in-Residence and CITY Mentor-in-Residence) as he walks through his own unique framework to help entrepreneurs be successful when launching their businesses. You will leave the workshop with a framework for your Social Impact Business Plan, and clear steps on how to develop each part of it.

Cosponsored by CBEY & Tsai CITY.

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Yale Women Innovators Breakfast: Show & Tell
Feb
13
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovators Breakfast: Show & Tell

  • Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Show & Tell

Bring your idea or product (no matter how early-stage!) and share it with the WE@Yale community. Practice your pitch in a safe space, and if you are looking for a co-founder, team members or expertise - this is a great opportunity to get the word out. If you don’t have an idea, come along and hear about awesome things your peers on campus are creating.

Register here

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Innovation and the Arts
Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

Innovation and the Arts

  • Center for Collaborative Arts & Media (CCAM) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innovation and the Arts

A Closer Look at the Connection Between Design Thinking and the Creative Process w/ Christina Bullard YSD ‘07

A workshop to help creatives learn to apply their creative processes to commercial innovation, and to deepen entrepreneurs' understanding of how the arts can feed one's ability to innovate. Food and refreshment provided.

An alum of the Yale School of Drama, Christina Bullard is a New York based costume designer whose design work spans opera, theatre, dance, and independent film. She is also the Assistant Professor of Costume Design for Uconn (University of Connecticut). In addition to her theatre career, Christina previously worked on Isaac Mizrahi’s couture fashion line as well as designed for his commercial QVC clothing brands. Subsequently, an interest in analyzing the creative thinking process led her to explore the practice of Design Thinking and its relationship to the creative thinking processes of the arts. As part of this endeavor, she studied Design Thinking with the NYC based company The Design Gym and subsequently taught their classes for the year prior to Uconn. Today, in addition to her costume design work, Christina develops and presents workshops that harness the transfer value of the arts as a platform for teaching skills in human-centered design thinking with an emphasis on empathy, observation, personal perspective, creative thinking, innovation, and collaboration.

Undergrad & GSAS RSVP: Yale Career Link or Facebook

Professional School RSVP: Yale Career Network or Facebook

presented by: CCAM, Tsai CITY, Yale SOM Design & Innovation Club, YES, YaleMakes and OCS Common Good & Creative Careers

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Inaugural Greater Yale Case Competition
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Inaugural Greater Yale Case Competition

All undergraduate and graduate students currently attending Yale University are invited to participate in the first ever Greater Yale Case Competition (GYCC). In this multi-disciplinary event, teams of 4-6 students will compete for three cash prizes (first place receives $3,000) by presenting their solution to a dilemma faced by a familiar Yale and New Haven institution. The competition is a unique opportunity to network with students from other disciplines, learn about case competitions, or hone your case competition skills without leaving campus. A refundable $10 fee is required to reserve your team’s spot. Each team must represent at least two different Yale schools (joint degrees are considered SOM and all undergraduates are considered Yale College). If you do not have a team readily available, you are encouraged to register as an individual and we’ll either circulate your name or add you to a team directly once registration closes.

REGISTER HERE

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PeriodCon
Feb
9
9:30 AM09:30

PeriodCon

PeriodCon is a new conference that will focus on the business and policy of menstruation. The conference will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, product innovators, community advocates and practitioners to learn about and discuss common challenges and emerging innovations that address menstrual hygiene globally. PeriodCon envisions a future where everyone has the information, confidence, and ability to access safe, innovative solutions for menstruation.

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, menstrual equity advocate and author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

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Tsai CITY Summer Fellowship Information Session
Feb
7
4:00 PM16:00

Tsai CITY Summer Fellowship Information Session

Learn everything you need to know to apply for the Tsai CITY's Summer Fellowship, a highly competitive 8-week summer startup and non-profit incubator for Yale students and recent graduates. Student teams admitted to the Summer Fellowship receive:

  • $15,000 per team in grant funding

  • Mentors from the Tsai CITY Networks

  • Workspace in the Tsai CITY Incubator during the 8-week program

  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, investors, and developers

  • Access to reduced costs for legal and accounting services

  • Tailored workshops and speakers

Want to learn more? Come find out in our casual info session where questions are encouraged! Priority Application deadline is February 15, 2018.

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Startup & Nonprofit Accelerator Application Deadline
Feb
7
9:00 AM09:00

Startup & Nonprofit Accelerator Application Deadline

CITY's startup and non-profit accelerator program are intensive, iterative, hands-on, cohort-based programs that delivers access to workshops, mentors, coaching, peer collaborators, and, not least, funding.

CITY accelerators are open to all students - undergrad and grad. If you have an idea for a for-profit business, a social enterprise, a civic or arts start-up, a faith based organization, an app or tech-startup, or a civic movement we will help you design, refine, iterate and launch it. It doesn't matter how early-stage your idea is, we want to hear from you. 

APPLICATIONS DUE FEB. 7, 2018

DETAILS & APPLICATION HERE.

 

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YES Speaker event with Duncan Goodall—Yale alum and owner of Koffee?
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

YES Speaker event with Duncan Goodall—Yale alum and owner of Koffee?

Duncan Goodall (Yale '95) is the owner of Koffee?, a local coffehouse, bakery, and catering business. After spending several years in consulting, Duncan is now building Koffee? into a cultural hub for the community. His story has been featured in The New York Times, The New Haven Independent, The Yale Daily News, and more. Come to learn more about the logistics of launching a business, monetizing your passion, and coffee! Snacks and caffeine will be provided.

SIGN UP HERE

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Fireside Chat with Rough Draft Ventures
Feb
6
5:00 PM17:00

Fireside Chat with Rough Draft Ventures

From Dorm Room to the Board Room: Join Will Sealy (Yale SOM '17), co-founder of Yale-born SimpliFi, and Peter Boyce, co-founder of Rough Draft Ventures, for a conversation on student entrepreneurship–– the type companies students are best suited to start (Spoiler alert: student d ) and how to start them.

 

About Rough Draft Ventures: Rough Draft Ventures is General Catalyst's student-focused program backing founders at the university level. Rough Draft expanded to Yale in 2017 and has backed four Yale-founded companies since. 

 

About SimpliFi: Started at Yale University, SimpliFi is an innovative fintech startup that aims to be the go-to resource for millions of student loan borrowers—giving them the confidence of knowing they’re on the best path to becoming debt free.

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The Future of Manufacturing in America
Feb
6
4:00 PM16:00

The Future of Manufacturing in America

  • Yale School of Management, Rm 2420 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Future of Manufacturing in America

What does the future of manufacturing look like in America? As technology and innovation disrupts industry, and with ever-growing global options for sourcing, how can America keep up and support a new generation of businesses?

 

Tanya Menendez is the Co-Founder and CMO of Maker’s Row. After quitting her job at Goldman Sachs, Menendez turned to entrepreneurship - building Maker's Row, an online directory assisting emerging and established designers in sourcing appropriate manufacturers in America. Since 2013, over 100K businesses are using the platform, and Maker's Row has raised over $2.5M in venture capital.

 

Menendez will discuss the Future of Manufacturing in America - including trends, opportunities and challenges in bringing outsourced manufacturing back to America. 

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Entrepreneurs Lunch with Tanya Menendez
Feb
6
12:00 PM12:00

Entrepreneurs Lunch with Tanya Menendez

Tanya Menendez is the Co-Founder and CMO of Maker’s Row. After quitting her job at Goldman Sachs, Menendez turned to entrepreneurship - building Maker's Row, an online directory assisting emerging and established designers in sourcing appropriate manufacturers in America. Since 2013, over 150K businesses are using the platform, and Maker's Row has raised over $2.5M in venture capital.

Join an exclusive lunch with Tanya (only 8 slots available) to hear her story, and get advice on your idea or startup

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Women Empowering Women Leadership Conference
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Women Empowering Women Leadership Conference

Join the Women's Leadership Initiative for its 10th annual conference featuring two keynote speakers: Krishanti O'Mara Vignarajah, the only female candidate running for Maryland’s Governor who also served as former policy aide for Michelle Obama and led the former first lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative, and Katherine Kolbert, Director of Barnard College Athena Center for Leadership Studies who argued the landmark case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the U.S. Supreme Court and has been credited with saving Roe v. Wade.

Krishanti and Katherine will be joined by 50+ other women leaders on 12 panels covering every topic from being a Yale alum to performing arts careers and women in government! Our speakers include the President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Executive Director of Teach for America NY, and a member of the first Yale College graduating class to include women. Come listen to these incredible enterprising women, pick their brains, and join the W.E. WOMEN conversation. Stay for the networking and gifts!

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Professional Skills Workshop: Maximize Your Time & Impact
Feb
2
12:00 PM12:00

Professional Skills Workshop: Maximize Your Time & Impact

  • Yale School of Forestry - Sage Hall, Bowers Auditorium (map)
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Peter Boyd (Social Entrepreneur, CBEY Executive Fellow-in-Residence and CITY Mentor-in-Residence) will lead this workshop for social and environmental entrepreneurs on how to manage what is sometimes your scarcest resource: time. He’ll present his finely honed system for mapping out your purpose and priorities and identifying the activities that create the most impact, and he’ll share tools and techniques to help you maximize your productivity.

Cosponsored by CBEY & Tsai CITY.

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Placemakers Intensive Application Deadline
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Placemakers Intensive Application Deadline

PLACEMAKING: PUBLIC ART & TACTICAL URBANISM

Calling all artists! A joint program between Tsai CITY and Dwight Hall, the Public Art & Tactical Urbanism Intensive will help students reimagine art as a social practice while providing them the resources to create a piece of public art in the New Haven community. Through a series of workshops, students will explore public art as a form of social, economic, and political empowerment on the local level and be empowered with the techniques needed to ideate and implement grassroots interventions that benefit local neighborhoods.

Dates: 8 weeks, beginning in February; Applications Due: Feb. 2, 2018, 11:59pm.

 

Questions? email Ony Obiocha (onyeka.obiocha@yale.edu)

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CITY Organizational Clinic Deadline
Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

CITY Organizational Clinic Deadline

A case- based clinic where students will develop skills and the innovative plans to take their student organization to the next level. Through 5 sessions spread out over the 10-week program, participants will explore tactics on how to address issues facing their organizations, like member buy-in, campus/community impact, organizational culture, diversity, and leadership transitions. Students will not only learn best practices, but also create tangible action plans to address these issues and implement them over the course of the semester. Student leaders from all types of organizations are encouraged to apply!

Dates: February-April 2018
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

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Yale Prizes Application for Mentorship Deadline
Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

Yale Prizes Application for Mentorship Deadline

Announcing a mentorship opportunity to support students planning to apply for one of Startup Yale’s four prizes, designed to generate world-changing ideas from Yale students around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability and technology.  Applicants who submit their mentorship applications by 11:59pm on Jan. 31 will be paired with a mentor/industry expert to help guide them through subsequent stages of the Startup Yale application process, increasing their chances of success.

APPLY HERE!

The PRIZES:

Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education: This $25,000 cash prize is awarded by InnovateHealth Yale to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.

Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize: The Sabin Prize, managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, awards cash prizes totaling $25,000 to students and/or faculty with the best ideas for products, services, projects, or programs that advance a more sustainable way of life.

Miller Prize: The Miller Prize is a $25,000 entrepreneurship prize from the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale for a student venture with a tech or tech-enabled service startup.

Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation: The Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation is a $25,000 cash prize awarded by InnovateHealth Yale with the support of the Aetna Foundation to the best student-led venture focused on developing a technology solution to address a health disparity challenge.

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Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series: “How to Ask - 3 No’s to a Yes”, Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner 1843 Capital
Jan
30
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series: “How to Ask - 3 No’s to a Yes”, Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner 1843 Capital

  • Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (map)
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Being an entrepreneur means asking for things all the time: asking for customers, asking people to work for you and asking for funding. Many people are afraid to ask - especially if they fear the answer will be no.

Tracy Chadwell has reduced the process of asking to 3 steps to help founders overcome this fear.. or “3 No’s to a Yes”. By developing this skill, you will take the fear out of the ask, and be able to make your “ask” more easily and more successfully.

*Women/Non-binary Femme only*

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Hands-On Biotech Intensive Application Deadline
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Hands-On Biotech Intensive Application Deadline

Curious about what goes on in a lab?   Want to see what happens when you combine design and science?  During the Hands-On Biotech Intensive students will be guided in multiple laboratories to learn how to grow cells, design and fabricate nanoparticles, and perform two types of microscopy to obtain beautiful, high-resolution images that may be used for scientifically-inspired design projects.

Kickoff Session: February 5, 2018

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Questions? email Alyssa L. Siefert (alyssa.siefert@yale.edu) 

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Food Intensive Application Deadline
Jan
25
9:00 AM09:00

Food Intensive Application Deadline

For the food-obsessed, the secret chefs, and the ambitious eaters—step away from your studies with an extracurricular intensive (a deep-dive, 5-session workshop) you can really dig your teeth into from Tsai CITY and the Landscape Lab. Over five weeks, CITY’s 5-session food intensive will explore how to take an idea or prototype for a food product—like your crazy idea for plankton-based pasta, the recipe you’re working on for a super-high-tech energy bar, or the local-food-based meals you've been stocking your freezer with—from a big idea in your dorm kitchen to the global market.

The five sessions will walk you through the steps of transforming an idea into a product, and a product into production: addressing ethics, sourcing ingredients, manufacturing food products, defining your brand, taking goods to market, and working towards scale. Learn from industry experts about the best techniques for creating your own secret sauce, the right person to talk to for your key ingredients, and what a recipe for success looks like in the food industry. Develop your idea, your pitch, and your brand through discussion with industry experts, group critiques of what you're working on, and in-depth mentorship.

Dates: February 2-March 2; Fridays, 2-5pm: Applications due Thurs., Jan. 25, 11:59pm.

 

APPLY HERE

Can apply as team, or team of one. Each team must include at least one full-time Yale student.

Questions? email Emma Funk (emma.funk@yale.edu)

 

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Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series: “Fighting Discrimination in Silicon Valley”, Y-Vonne Hutchinson, Founder of Ready Set and Project Include
Jan
23
8:30 AM08:30

Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series: “Fighting Discrimination in Silicon Valley”, Y-Vonne Hutchinson, Founder of Ready Set and Project Include

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Y-Vonne Hutchinson, founder of Ready Set, a consulting firm that works primarily within the tech industry; and co-founder of Project Include, a non-profit that uses data and advocacy to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in the tech industry, will share her story of diversity in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship and advice for not only women but women of color entering the male-dominated space. From Harvard Law School to Silicon Valley, Y-Vonne will reveal the challenges and lessons she has learned along her journey.

*Women/non-binary femme only*

Co-hosted by Yale Black Women's Coalition

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2018 Yale Healthcare Hackathon
Jan
19
to Jan 21

2018 Yale Healthcare Hackathon

This year, Yale School of Medicine's Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology is partnering with 4Catalyzer and the Translational Research Institute for Space Health to engage the community in a hackathon focused on understanding the ways in which artificial intelligence may enable new practices in medicine. The event is co-sponsored by Tsai CITY.

There are 4 tracks:

Track 1: Designing telemedicine enabled by point-of-care imaging

Track 2: Insights from machine learning

Track 3: Optimizing clinical outcomes and experiences

Track 4: Using AI to diagnose disease in resource-constrained environments, such as space travel

MORE INFO HERE!

 

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