Programs

CITY programs offer a variety of ways to explore and engage with innovation and entrepreneurship, spanning diverse approaches and disciplines. Those programs range from short drop-in sessions to multi-week, application-only programs.

 
 

Inspire

In one-off events, you can get to know our community and spark new ideas, with no experience or post-event commitment required. Check out:

  • Member Orientations

  • Spark Sessions

  • Pitch Slams

  • Yale Women Innovators Series

  • Many others, from major events to pop-ups!

Learn

Delve into key skills and applications. These offerings range from beginner-level workshops to more advanced learning experiences.

  • Workshops

  • Bootcamps & Retreats

  • Intensives

Build

If you have an idea and want to take it to the next level, our highest-engagement programs are for you. Opportunities include:

  • Accelerator

  • MedTech Accelerator

  • Climate Change Solutions Generator

  • Projects

  • Summer Fellowship

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Learn more about our spring programs below.

 
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INSPIRE

MEMBER ORIENTATIONS

Get to know CITY’s offerings and unlock membership perks in an interactive orientation.

Spark Sessions

Spark Sessions are hands-on ideation and creativity sessions.

WE@Yale Breakfast Series

Yale Women Innovators is a weekly speaker series designed to foster community discussion, idea sharing, best practices, and more in support of Yale women interested in entrepreneurship and innovation at any level.

PITCH SLAMS

Pitch any idea — no matter how developed, feasible, or just plain weird — in a risk-free space.

SEE ALL UPCOMING INSPIRE EVENTS >>

 
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LEARN

Workshops

CITY offers a wide variety of workshops, in which you can pick up a new skill in an hour or two. Upcoming workshops >>

Bootcamps & Retreats

Tsai CITY also offers 1-2 day bootcamps and retreats, which focus on in-depth skill building and personal development, respectively.

Intensives

Intensives are multi-session, cohort-based experiential learning opportunities that go deep on a specific topic. This spring:

  • Clinical Redesign

  • Data for Impact 101

  • Design to Empower: Reimagining Medical Decision Tools

  • Ethnobotany and Traditional Foods

  • Knowledge Equity

  • Paper to Prototype: App Design Basics

Learn more >>

 
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BUILD

TSAI CITY Accelerator

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. Learn more.

MedTECH Accelerator

The MedTech Accelerator invites students from all disciplines to design and build the next wave of technologies that fulfill unmet needs in the healthcare industry. With sponsorship from Jonathan Rothberg, the Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT) has teamed up with Tsai CITY to bring students the opportunity to work collaboratively alongside their peers. Learn more.

CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS GENERATOR

The Climate Change Solutions Generator (CCSG), a partnership with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), offers students the opportunity to hatch a solution aimed creating meaningful, positive impact. The Generator will feature a weekly curriculum of guest speakers and skills-building workshops covering critical aspects of Climate Change Innovation — from design thinking to policy innovation to financing models. Learn more.

Projects

CITY runs a number of semester-long, narrowly focused projects that work towards concrete outcomes in particular fields. Many of our projects are in partnership with other centers at Yale and beyond. 

Summer Fellowship

The CITY Summer Fellowship is an eight-week intensive accelerator to incubate new companies, nonprofits, and initiatives. The fellowship includes $15,000 for each team, along with a rigorous sequence of workshops, sprints, mentorship, coaching, and pitch opportunities.  Learn more.