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


  • Spark Sessions

  • Raggedy


  • Intensives
  • Bootcamps + Retreats

  • Workshops

  • Signature Events


  • Accelerators

  • Projects


  • WE@Yale Breakfast Series
  • Wellness Pump-Up Sessions

  • Pitch Slams + Storytelling Nights

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Spark Sessions

9/8 1–3pm, 9/21 12–2pm, 10/3 3–5pm

Spark Sessions are hands-on ideation and creativity sessions. Feel free to drop in, check out CITY, and learn a little more about innovation.



9/12 6–8pm, 9/26 6–8pm, 10/10 6–8pm, 11/14 6–8pm, 11/28 5–7pm, 12/12 6–8pm

What’s been on your mind lately? Come as you are with your curiosities, questions, and concerns for this group kickback where you don’t have to have all the answers. Let’s explore what’s going on in our lives, around our campus and around the world together. It’s OK if your ideas and opinions are not fully formulated yet, we can figure it out together!

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

  • Mixed Reality

  • Systems Change

  • Internet of Things

  • Fermentation

  • Product Development and Innovation with L’Oréal

  • Health Data Sandbox

  • Clinical Redesign

 Learn more and apply!


Bootcamps + Retreats

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

  • Changemaker Retreat

  • Blockchain Bootcamp 

Learn more and apply!



Tsai CITY offers a wide variety of workshops—1-2 hour skill-building sessions with topical experts. This fall:

  • Systems-Led Leadership and Social Change (9/18 5–7pm)

  • Funding Nonprofits: Grants + Philanthropic Fundraising (10/24 5–7pm)

  • Raising Startup Capital (11/6 5-6:30pm)

  • Branding and Visual Identity for Startups (10/9 5–6pm)

  • Build a Website in 2 Hours (11/27 5–7pm)

  • Storytelling


Signature Events

Tsai CITY offers several signature events each year, which draw large crowds and engage with the broadest audiences across the university and beyond. This fall:

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Accelerators: For-Profit and Non-Profit

Tsai CITY’s Accelerator guides students and teams with innovative ideas through the process of building effective organizations, projects, and ventures through workshops, mentorship, and funding. This fall:

  • For-Profit Startup Accelerator

  • Non-Profit Startup Accelerator

Learn more and apply! 



Tsai 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. This fall:

  • Blockchain for Open Microgrids

  • Knowledge Equity

Learn more and apply!

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WE@Yale Breakfast Series

Tuesdays 9/11–12/11, 8:30am–9:30am

Yale Women Innovators is a weekly breakfast speaker series designed to foster community discussion, idea sharing, best practices, business fundamentals, networking and team-building opportunities in support of Yale women students, alumni, faculty and staff interested in entrepreneurship and innovation at any level. Each session hosts a speaker, followed by Q&A.


Pitch Slams + Storytelling NIGHTS

Get your ideas HEARD. Tsai CITY hosts evening events focused on sharing ideas and stories with the broader community. Pitch slams are open mic nights to share your innovative idea and find co-founders and collaborators. Storytelling nights focus on connecting through narrative and shared experiences.


Wellness Pump-Up Sessions

10/1 8:30–9:30am and 12/3 8:30–9:30am

Tsai CITY hosts Wellness Pump-Up Sessions that feature a fun, low-key mix of meditation, yoga, dancing, and more to get you relaxed and ready to take on new things.